DAILY NEWS: "Dark Days" Deal; Method Fest Winners
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> "Dark Days" Makes Distribution Deal for Theatrical, TV, Video, DVD and the Internet
(indieWIRE/6.30.00) -- Documentaries typically face a tough time finding
theatrical distribution, so it wasn't a major surprise when Marc Singer's
acclaimed "Dark Days" didn't sign an immediate pact, despite winning three
awards at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. After nearly six months, the
movie has finally found a home that will not only take it to theaters and
television, but release it on home video, DVD and over the Internet.
In a pact brokered by Sloss Law, Palm Pictures (in association with Daniel Langlois' WideAngle Pictures) will release the movie at the end of August and handle the home video/DVD release through Ryko Distribution (its
audio/video distributor) while Sundance Channel has announced a deal for
the film's television rights. Once the film's "television window" has closed, sputnik7.com (which has a stragic partnership with Palm) will distribute the movie online.
"Dark Days" is a look at a community of people living in the Amtrak tunnels
underneath Manhattan. Singer spent six years making the movie, ultimately
living underground with his subjects and working with them on the project.
The movie includes an original soundtrack by DJ Shadow. It won the Audience
Award, Cinematography Award and Freedom of Expression Award at Sundance
2000. It will open at Film Forum on August 30th. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Method Fest Announces Winners for Second Annual Event
(indieWIRE/6.30.00) -- Winners for the Second Annual Method Fest Independent
Film Festival were announced at the Pacific Asian Museum in Pasadena, CA late last week. Billy Dee Williams and Obba Babatunde ("The Visit"); Devon Gummersall and Arly Jover ("The Young Unknowns") were among the attendees at the ceremony as Hill Harper ("The Visit") won the John Garfield Award for best actor while Robin Deardon ("Last Chance") received the Geraldine Page Award for best actress.
Also receiving top honors for the Festival which ran from the 16th through
the 23rd of June include director Marc Lazard ("Stanley's Gig") for best
feature and Bryan Cranston ("Last Chance") who won the Pasadena Film Office Award for best director of a feature film. Louis Belanger ("Post Mortem") garnered the IFF Award for best feature-length screenplay. [Brian Brooks]