DAILY NEWS: Directors Fortnight Lineup Announced; Two Docs in the Spotlight -- Zenovich's "Tapie" Makes a Deal at LAFF, while Wonsuk Chin's Kozmo.com Story Debuts in NYC
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Directors Fortnight Lineup Set
(indieWIRE/04.26.01) -- The lineup for the Directors Fortnight section of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival was announced at a press conference in France today.
The complete lineup is available now at indieWIRE.com. [Eugene Hernandez]
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>> "Tapie" Finds a Home During LA Fest; Doc Heads to Sundance Channel
(indieWIRE/04.26.01) -- Another LA Film Fest movie has announced a
distribution pact at the event. Marina Zenovich's world premiere LAFF
documentary, "Who is Bernard Tapie," has been acquired by Sundance Channel in a deal for the movie's US television rights.
The DV doc, a portrait of the elusive Frenchman Bernard Tapie, was first
screened as a trailer at the 1998 Independent Feature Film Market. Tapie,
well-known in France, is a multi-faceted figure. Known as one who was close
to France's late President Francois Mitterand, Tapie also acted in a film
("Hommes, Femmes: Mode d'Emploi"), hosted a TV talk show, was a businessman
and even owned a soccer team before being sent to prison and penning a
"Tapie," which Zenovich finished on Sunday, screened for the first time on
Monday night at the DGA Theater on Sunset. The venue holds a special place
in Zenovich's heart, as she told indieWIRE yesterday -- it was the theater
where she first saw Tapie, on screen in "Hommes, Femmes: Mode d'Emploi."
She began asking people about him and thus began her journey to make sense
of this enigma.
The filmmaker is known for "Independent's Day," her doc about the indiefilm
scene, and her work on John Pierson's series, "Split Screen." The movie
will screen again tonight (Thursday) at the DGA and next up is a showing at
the Maryland Film Festival next month and the Florida Film Festival in June. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> "E-Dreams," Doc about the Rise and Fall of Kozmo.com, Debuts Tonight
(indieWIRE/04.26.01) -- The day before news of Kozmo.com's demise, filmmaker
Wonsuk Chin was at The Orphanage in San Francisco making the final tweaks to "E-Dreams," his documentary about the rise and fall of the popular delivery service. Wonsuk Chin was moments away from locking his movie when an email
came in, breaking the news. After some frantic phone calls to Kozmo.com
co-founder Joseph Park, Chin confirmed that the very next day the company
would announce its closure. With fifteen minutes to spare before heading to
the airport, the director was able to change the postscript on his final
print. The movie will screen for the first time tonight (Thursday) at
Lincoln Center as part of the Independent Feature Project's "Independents Night" series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.
There, co-Founder Park will see the movie for the first time, according to
the director, along with other former Kozmo.com employees and even a group
of investment bankers, not to mention intrigued journalists.
Chin shot the first of his 140 hours of DV tape in October of '99, as
Kozmo took off. The director told indieWIRE yesterday that he hit the ground
running with his Canon XL1 camera and traveled to numerous cities to nab the
inside story on the company. One of the film's highlights is sure to be a
scene shot at Kozmo's swanky 2000 Oscar party in which Park took the
spotlight and touted the company's coming IPO. Only a few weeks later
everything changed and by July, Park had stepped down as CEO.
"I wanted to concentrate on the absurdity of the rapid rise and the abrupt
fall," the filmmaker, who also directed the Sundance '98 entry "Too Tired to
Die," told indieWIRE yesterday.
"The sheer momentum that they were building, I have never seen anything like
it," Chin added. "The energy there was very contagious. I was just a
filmmaker following these guys around, but I could feel the energy."
Next up for the movie: screenings at the Jeonju International Film Festival
in Korea and the Seattle International Film Festival. Beyond that, Wonsuk is
waiting to see how the film is received tonight, hoping that "E-Dreams"
fares better than its subject matter. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: LAFF Film Nabbed by IFC; NEA's Ivey Stepping Down
(indieWIRE/04.25.01) -- Following its debut at the Los Angeles Film
Festival, Jesse Peretz's "The Chateau" has been acquired by IFC Films. Also, Bill Ivey, Chariman of The National Endowment for the Arts, has given George W. Bush his resignation, eight months before the end of his term."
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