DAILY NEWS: Barbera in Telluride; Urbanworld Plans; and Showtime's Latino Showcase
by Eugene Hernandez, Matthew Ross, and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Fresh from Venice, Telluride Fest Welcomes Barbera for 2002
(indieWIRE: 07.25.02) -- Former director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto
Barbera has been named guest director for the upcoming 29th Telluride Film
Festival (August 30 - September 2, 2002). The announcement was made
yesterday (Wednesday) by Telluride festival directors Bill Pence and Tom
Luddy, who are welcoming Barbera following his recent high-profile departure
"Because Telluride's dates often overlapped those of the Venice Film
Festival, Italian cinema has not had a strong enough presence in Telluride
over the past several years," commented Tom Luddy in a prepared statement.
"This year Venice's loss will be our gain, and with Alberto's help, the
Telluride Film Festival will showcase several forgotten Italian film masters
from the '50s and '60s, and we also hope to introduce one or more important
new Italian features."
Prior to heading the Venice Fest from 1999 - 2001, Alberto Barbera headed the
Torino Film Festival and also served as a film critic in print, on the radio
and on television.
Previous Telluride guest directors include: Salman Rushdie (2001), Edgardo
Cozarinsky (2000), Peter Sellars (1999), Peter Bogdanovich (1998), Peter von Bagh (1997), B. Ruby Rich (1996), Phillip Lopate (1995), John Simon (1994), John Boorman (1993), G. Cabrera Infante (1992), Laurie Anderson (1991), Bertrand Tavernier (1990), Errol Morris (1989), and Donald Richie (1988). [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Urbanworld Unveils Gotham Event; Spotlight on Ice Cube
(indieWIRE: 07.25.02) -- The roster for the upcoming Urbanworld Film
Festival was presented yesterday with an extensive lineup of
African-American, Latino, and Asian features, docs, and shorts. Urbanworld
will take place August 7 to 11 at New York's Loews 34th Street Theater, the
Loews State Theater in Times Square, the Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem and at the Directors Guild of America Theater. As previously announced, the fest will open with Twentieth Century Fox's "Drumline" and close with MGM's "Barbershop." Other high-profile screeners include Nick Broomfield's "Biggie & Tupac" and Miramax's "Paid in Full."
Urbanworld will also play host to fifty additional independent films from
around the globe with 12 features and 28 shorts including six world
premieres, three U.S. Premieres, and two East Coast premieres. Eleven films
comprise the dramatic competition including "12 Hours" by Raul Marchand
Sanchez, "Face" by Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, "Manito" by Eric Eason, and "Washington Heights" by Alfredo de Villa. Seven films are featured in the HBO Documentary Features Competition with Sergio Goes' "Black Picket Fence" and "More than Famous" by Graham Rich among the contenders for the section's $5,000 prize (provided by HBO). The premium channel is also sponsoring a $2500 cash award for the event's documentary shorts section.
Additionally, films will be judged by a panel of industry insiders competing
for grand jury awards in the best feature, best shorts, best director, and
best screenplay categories. Urbanworld will also host panels including one
moderated by Deborah Martin Chase, producer of "The Princess Diaries" on "The Eternal Question? What Does a Producer Do?" Ice Cube will be the guest
in the festival's "Actors Spotlight" who will speak about acting, writing,
Producing, and directing as well as his upcoming projects.
"This year's line up reinforces the quality and spirit of the independent
filmmaker," said Joy Huang, executive producer of the Urbanworld Film
Festival in a statement. "The passion, the commitment and the perseverance of
these Black, Latin, and Asian filmmakers shines even brighter in our sixth
season of celebrating minority cinema."
Former Miramax and October Films executive Stacy Spikes founded the Urbanworld Film Festival in August 1997 and the event has grown into the
world's largest competitive festival of its kind. [Brian Brooks]
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>> Showtime Taps Latino Film Winner
(indieWIRE: 07.25.02) -- Gustavo Mercado has been selected as the winner of
the Showtime Networks' Third Annual Latino Filmmaker Showcase. Mercado, who directed the short film "Sensitive," will receive a $30,000 grant to use towards the production of a 15 - 30 min. short film, which will have its
exclusive world premiere on Showtime.
Showtime will feature "Sensitive" as the highlight for its upcoming Latino
Filmmaker Showcase, which will air on the network during Hispanic Heritage
Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15). The four other finalist films will also air.
>> WEDNESDAY IN indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Outfest's Winners and Indie/Specialty Box Office
(indieWIRE: 07.24.02) -- Bob Berney, the indie-distribution maven widely
credited with the crossover success of IFC Films' "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and "My
Big Fat Greek Wedding," is leaving IFC; The NYFF will kick off its 40th
birthday party on Sept. 27 with a screening of Alexander Payne's "About
Schmidt"; And, organizers of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival
unveiled plans for the event's Perspective Canada section."
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