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DAILY NEWS: Cannes Reveals its Directors Fortnight; AMPAS Opens its Grants Program; and Cowboy/Janu

DAILY NEWS: Cannes Reveals its Directors Fortnight; AMPAS Opens its Grants Program; and Cowboy/Janus Partnership Unveils Kurosawa Plans



with articles by Eugene Hernandez, Matthew Ross and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE



>> 2002 Cannes Directors' Fortnight Line-Up Set


(indieWIRE: 04.29.02) -- Organizers of Cannes' annual Directors' Fortnight
(aka the Quinzaine des Realisateurs) have set the line-up for this year's
section and are announcing the news at a press conference this morning
(Monday). Twenty two features will screen in the sidebar, which was founded
in 1968.


A documentary is among the feature selections: D.A. Pennebaker and Chris
Hegedus
' "Only the Strong Survive" looks at surviving members of the Motown scene. Among the U.S. entries is Lisa Cholodenko's second feature, "Laurel Canyon." The picture, produced by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Susan Stover, stars Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, and Kate Beckinsdale. Joseph and Anthony Russo's "Welcome to Collinwood" is also set for the section; it features Sam Rockwell, Luis Guzman, William H. Macy, Patricia Clarkson, and George
Clooney
.


Catherine Breillat ("Fat Girl") returns with "Sex is Comedy," while Lynne
Ramsay ("Ratcatcher") will offer "Morvern Callar," with Samantha Morton and Kathleen McDermott. Shane Meadows ("A Room for Romeo Brass") is set to
present "Once upon a Time in the Midlands," featuring Robert Carlyle and
Rhys Ifans.


Rounding out the feature lineup are: "Deux," directed by Werner Schroeter,
"Un Oso Rojo" (L'Ours rouge), directed by Israel Adrian Caetano, "Matir
Moina" (L'Oiseau d'argile)," directed by Tareque Masud, "Nada + (Rien),"
directed by Juan Carlos Cremata, "Apartment #5C," directed by Rafael
Nadjari, "Bord de mer," directed by Julie Lopes-Curval, "Le Pays du chien
qui chante
," directed by Yann Dedet, "Une pure coincidence," directed by
Romain Goupil, "Isvan Bibo, Fragments," directed by Peter Forgacs,
"L'Imbalsamatore" (L'Embaumeur), directed by Matteo Garrone, "Angela,"
directed by Roberta Torre, "Japon," directed by Carlos Reygadas,
"Occident," directed by Cristian Mungiu, "Blue Gate Crossing," directed
by Yee Chih-yen , "Abouna," directed by Mahamat Saleh Haroun, and
"Mon-rak Transistor," directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang. [Eugene Hernandez]


GET THE COMPLETE Directors' Fortnight Lineup @ indieWIRE.com


>> AMPAS Opens Up Festival Grants Program


(indieWIRE: 04.29.02) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences'
(AMPAS) Festival Grants Committee announced it is expanding its application
process for next year's grants and will no longer pre-screen the festivals
it invites to participate. Founded in 1999, AMPAS created the Festival
Grants Program and has distributed more than $900,000 to 38 film U.S. film
festivals. Among the recipients are major festivals such as Chicago, New
York
, San Francisco, Seattle, Sundance, and Telluride. Also, the program has given funds to events that cater to independent and alternative film such as Ann Arbor, Black Maria, South by Southwest, and Taos Talking Pictures in addition to festivals specializing in social or cultural diversity like
Chicago Latino, New York International Children's, Outfest, Pan African, and San Diego Jewish.


Approximately $250,000 per year has been distributed with individual grants
ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 based on the size of the event. "If a U.S.
festival was five years old in 2001, it will be eligible to submit an
application this year for a grant from the Academy's Film Festival Fund,"
said committee chair Gale Anne Hurd in a prepared statement. "The grants
will be made for festival programming in 2003." Applications for funding
will be accepted from May 15 to July 1. AMPAS gives particular weight to
programs that make festivals more available to the general public and allow
the public greater access to films and filmmakers.


"For the first four sets of grants, we invited certain festivals to apply,"
said program coordinator Greg Beal in an AMPAS release. "That was partly to
protect the new program from being inundated with applications. But the
program has matured, and the committee feels that if a significant increase
in applications occurs, it can be handled by the review system we have in
place." [Brian Brooks]


[For additional information, visit their web site].


>> Cowboy/Janus Partnership Debuts With Kurosawa Retrospective


(indieWIRE: 04.29.02) -- The recently formed partnership between independent
distributors Cowboy Pictures and Janus Films will bring its first major
treat to cinephiles across North America. On Friday, Cowboy announced a
12-film theatrical retrospective of the works of Japanese master Akira
Kurosawa
.


The first title in the series will be the director's most acclaimed film,
"The Seven Samurai," which will screen at New York's Film Forum this summer, followed by a national rollout in fall and winter. Cowboy will
simultaneously tour a retrospective of 11 other Kurosawa titles in major
markets across North America over the next 18 months. The re-release will
feature the first new prints of the full-length feature in decades, newly
subtitled by Linda Hoaglund. Every film in the retrospective stars Kurosawa
stalwart Toshiro Mifune. The titles are: "Rashomon," "High and Low," "Throne of Blood," "The Hidden Fortress," "Yojimbo," "Sanjuro," "Red Beard," "I Live in Fear," "Stray Dog," "Drunken Angel," and "The Bad Sleep Well." The films
are all part of the Janus library, which Cowboy handles for theatrical and
non-theatrical distribution.


"We are honored to be entrusted with this incredible collection of
Kurosawa's masterpieces," said Cowboy co-president John Vanco. "In this era
of video and digital media, it's important that this filmmaker in particular
is appreciated through celluloid, and that is now possible on a national
scale due to these new and newly subtitled prints. We expect the re-release
of "The Seven Samurai" and our tour of the other great Kurosawas to be the
film event of the year." [Matthew Ross]

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