DAILY NEWS: DoubleTake Fest Plans; Ebert Fest; and Sundance Channel Foreign Classics
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> High Profile Panels and Personalities Top an Expanded DoubleTake Documentary Film Festival
(indieWIRE/04.13.01) -- Organizers of the DoubleTake Documentary Film
Festival (DDFF) have announced an expanded slate of films for this year's
four-day festival scheduled for May 3-6 in Durham, NC. Additionally, the
Festival will honor filmmaker Barbara Kopple ("In The Boom Boom Room," "My Generation") with its Career Award as well as the Soros Documentary Fund which will receive the Industry Award for its work promoting documentary
This year, DDFF, the largest documentary festival in the United States, has
programmed over 100 films, an increase from its usual 80 plus, including 57
new films and 54 curated films. Film critic Godfrey Cheshire will host a
special program, this year featuring celebrated filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.
The Iranian director emerged as a potent filmmaking force with films such as
"And Life Goes On," "Through the Olive Trees," and "Taste of Cherry" which earned the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Rarely seen documentary work by Kiarostami will be featured and Cheshire will host the question and answer session with
Kiarostami in a rare U.S. appearance by the director.
Other special features this year include a screening of a new segment of Ric
Burns critically heralded PBS series, "New York" as well as Ted Bogosian's world premiere, "The Press Secretary," a look at the non-public face of the White House's west wing. Bogosian along with former Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart will be in attendance. "Down From The Mountain" by D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus will also screen, described by the Festival as "a behind-the-scenes look at the scoring of the critically acclaimed
soundtrack for 'Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?'"
Oscar nominated filmmaker Mira Nair ("Mississippi Masala," "The Perez Family") will attend as part of "The Changing South, " a program curated by Tom Rankin, Director of The Center for Documentary Studies. The series examines the South and its evolution highlighting work by Nair's in addition
to George King's "Going to Chicago," and Tom Davenport's "A Singing Stream."
"This year we are raising the stakes even further," commented Nancy Buirski,
the Festival's Director in a prepared statement, "We feel we are offering
one of our most complex and varied programs ever -- a fitting tribute to
the industry and the new century." [Brian Brooks]
>> Ebert Fest to Include Kubrick's "2001"
(indieWIRE/04.13.01) -- A special sceening of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A
Space Odyssey" is among the films that will screen at Roger Ebert's
Overlooked Film Festival, running April 25 - 29 at the University of
Illinois and the Virginia Theater in Champaign, IL. The event will also
offer the US premiere of Jan Harlan's "Stanley Kubrick - A Life in
Pictures." The festival, according to its website, "focuses on films, genres
and formats that Ebert believes deserve wider attention."
Among the other movies set to screen at the festival are: Woody Allen's
"Everyone Says I Love You," Patrice Leconte's "Girl on the Bridge," Alison
Maclean's "Jesus' Son," Wu Tianming's "The King of Masks," Ramin Serry's
"Maryam," F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu," Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen's "On the Ropes," Henry Bromell's "Panic," Roy Andersson's "Songs from the Second Floor," Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan," Sturla Gunnarsson's "Such a Long Journey," and Robert Altman's "3 Women." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Sundance Channel Teams with Criterion for World Cinema Series
(indieWIRE/04.13.01) -- For thirteen weeks, beginning in June, Sundance
Channel will debut a weekly broadcast of some of the most acclaimed works of
international cinema. Movies from the likes of Kurosawa, Fellini, Polanski, Renoir and others.
In partnership with The Criterion Collection, the channel will kick off the
series on June 7th with a screening of Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960 film,
"L'Avventura" (The Adventure. Among the other movies screening are Akira
Kurosawa's 1954 film, "Shichi-Nin No Samurai" (Seven Samurai), Andrei
Tarkovsky's 1966 film, "Andrei Rublev," Ingmar Bergman's 1957 film, "Det Sjunde Inseglet" (The Seventh Seal), Federico Fellini's 1957 film, "Le Notti de Cabiria" (Nights of Cabiria), and Jean Renoir's 1938 film, "La Grande Illusion" (The Grande Illusion).
"These magnificent films were groundbreaking in their time," commented
Sundance Channel Exec VP of Programming and Marketing, in a prepared
statement, "Airing them reinforces Sundance Channel's commitment to
innovative and challenging cinema both past and present." [Eugene