DAILY NEWS: Braitman Tapped for New Doc Fest; and Sarasota Fest News
with articles by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Braitman to Head the New Silver: AFI/Discovery Documentary Festival
(indieWIRE/01.30.02) -- International Film Financing Conference (IFFCON)
founder Wendy Braitman has been appointed to head The Silver: AFI/Discovery Documentary Festival, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced earlier this week.
The Silver: AFI/Discovery Documentary Festival is a new project of AFI and
Discovery Communications, Inc. designed to be a competitive event featuring
documentaries from throughout the world. In addition to special screenings,
showcases and retrospectives, the event will spearhead efforts to attract
the active involvement of networks, distributors and cultural institutions
in both the U.S. and internationally. It is currently scheduled for June,
Braitman had served as IFFCON director since its launch in 1994, overseeing
the organization's rise to one of North America's preeminent events for
financing independent films. In 2001, Braitman received the Gerbode
Fellowship award, which recognizes prominent executives of nonprofit groups.
Among her other activities, she served as associate producer in Rob Epstein
and Jeffrey Friedman's "The Celluloid Closet" as well as co-producer of the Sundance 1999 premiere, "Life Tastes Good."
"Documentaries often allow for the most original visions in film and have
the potential to impact our world," commented Braitman in a prepared
statement. "I see The Silver: AFI/Discovery Festival as a great opportunity
to bring filmmakers and executives together in a productive environment,
while heightening audience appreciation of the art form."
AFI is a leading organization that seeks to promote and preserve the art of
film, television and other forms of the moving image. DCI operates the
Discovery Channel as well as a number of other entertainment brands
worldwide. [Brian Brooks]
>> Sarasota Announces Winners of its 4th Fest
(indieWIRE/01.30.02) -- The Sarasota Film Festival closed its 4th annual event
Saturday with an announcement of this year's prize winners. Audience Awards
were presented to Adam Baratta's "Do it for Uncle Manny" (comedy), Gregory J. Corrado's "Minimal Knowledge" (drama) and Lucy Walker's "Devil's Playground" (documentary ). Mike Binder won the festival's first critics award for "The Search for John Gissing." The prize was selected by a group of eight central Florida newspaper and magazine film writers. Finally, Tricia Brock's "Car Kid" was awarded the Kodak Rising Filmmaker Short Film Award, which included a grant of $1,000 in film stock. Prizes were presented by festival executive director Jody Kielbasa and programmer Mark Marvel. The festival opened Jan. 19 and screened over 100 films in addition to a full schedule of seminars, symposiums and panels. [Brian Brooks]