DAILY NEWS: Coppola Honored in NYC; Outfest Awards
with articles by Matthew Ross and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Lincoln Center Pays Tribute To Coppola
(indieWIRE/05.09.02) -- On the eve of the upstart Tribeca Film Festival's
opening night, one of the New York films scene's more storied annual events
took place at Lincoln Center. On Tuesday, more than 2,800 attendees made
their way to Avery Fisher Hall (in black tie, no less) for the Film Society
of Lincoln Center's gala tribute to legendary director Francis Ford Coppola.
Once the cell phones were turned off and the jewelry stopped rattling, the
house lights went down, and, several seconds later, Martin Sheen's
camouflaged face emerged from a pool of water. The scene, from "Apocalypse
Now" (or "Apocalypse Now Redux," depending on who you ask), was met with rapturous applause.
For the next two hours, those in attendance were treated to a montage of
moments from Coppola's astounding body of work, which seemed all the more
impressive when viewed as a group. In between the clips, some of the
director's old (and very famous) pals took the stage to reminisce and pay
tribute, including Al Pacino, Jeff Bridges, Diane Lane, and Coppola's sister Talia Shire.
But the highpoint of the evening was undoubtedly Coppola himself, who used
his time at the mic to assert the conviction that has in many ways defined
his career: that creative minds, not the execs or the bean counters, should
be given more control over the filmmaking process. "The motion picture
companies have been turned into collateral to fuel the ambitions of the
people who own them," said the director, who in the early '80s attempted and
ultimately failed to create an alternative to the Hollywood system with
Zoetrope Studios. "It has been my dream and my hope that the cinema, and
artists in general, can be something other than employees,"
Afterwards, the phalanx of well-dressed guests made their way east to
Central Park, where the party at continued at Tavern on the Green.
>> Outfest's Screen Idol Awards Honor Watts, Mitchell, Shor and Gandolfiini
(indieWIRE/05.09.02) -- Organizers of Los Angeles' annual big gay film
event, Outfest, named their winners for the second Screen Idol Awards,
which honors the best four performances in a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or
transgendered role in a feature or television movie. This year's honorees
include Naomi Watts for best performance by an actress in a
leading role, for David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive," and John Cameron
Mitchell, best performance by an actor in a leading role, for "Hedwig and
the Angry Inch," which he also directed.
Miriam Shor is the winner for the best performance by an actress in a
supporting role prize for her part in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," while
James Gandolfini was named the male recipient in the same category for Gore
Verbinski's "The Mexican."
"I am so pleased at the caliber and the scope of the actors both who were
nominated and have won," noted Stephen Gutwillig, executive director of
Outfest in a release. "The household names mingling with the up-and-coming
performers attest to the remarkable visibility of gay and lesbian lives in
today's mainstream media."
Performers must have starred in a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered
role in a feature or television film or miniseries in order to be eligible
for the awards. Features must have had a U.S. theatrical release of at
least one week in 2001 and work for television also must have premiered in
2001. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Outfest is the largest
multimedia entertainment organization in the world, presenting the Los
Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival each July. [Brian Brooks]