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DAILY NEWS: Film Momement Acquisition; St. Louis Fest and Docs in Miami

DAILY NEWS: Film Momement Acquisition; St. Louis Fest and Docs in Miami



by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE with an article by Christopher Henderson


>> Film Movement Acquires "Last Party 2000" as Debut Approaches


(indieWIRE: 11.06.02) -- Film Movement, the new DVD subscription service
recently launched by Larry Meistrich, has acquired a timely new film as
it nears the debut of its service. Directed by Donovan Leitch
and Rebecca Chaiklin, "The Last Party" is a feature-length doc that
examines the controversial 2000 United States presidential election,
it will be released next year.


Film Movement's first acquisition, the Spanish film "El Bola," will
be distributed to paying subscribers on December 5th and the company
will release the movie theatrically during the week of December 13th,
according to a spokesperson yesterday.


Subscribers to the monthly film club pay $189.00 for a one-year
membership, with monthly subscribers paying $19.95. The company would
not release subscription numbers for the upstart initiative yesterday.


"The Last Party 2000," which is hosted by Philip Seymour Hoffman,
examines the political process and is a sequel of sorts to the 1992
election season doc, "The Last Party." The new film will be released
theatrically next summer with a simultaneous DVD release to Film
Movement subscribers.


"Film Movement was created to give access to provocative films such
as 'Last Party 2000' to film goers beyond New York and Los Angeles,"
said Larry Meistrich, Film Movement founder and CEO in a prepared
statement. "On the day of national elections, the film is a reminder
that political involvement and debate is vital to the health of our
democracy."


Other films set for release by Film Movement include Yamina
Benguigui
's "Inch' Allah Dimanche," Eric Eason's "Manito," and
Giuseppe Piccioni's "Light of My Eyes." [Eugene Hernandez]


[For more information, please visit:
http://www.filmmovement.com.]


>> St. Louis Unveils 11th Festival Roster


(indieWIRE: 11.06.02) -- The 11th St. Louis International Film Festival has
announced plans for this year's event, to be held November 14-24. The fest
will screen 37 international films among its 93 programs. Every film
screening during the event, aside from retrospectives, are St. Louis
premieres with Brian Hohlfeld's "Another Christmas," and Patrick Murphy's "American Tower: The Continental Building" screening as world premieres. Both Hohlfeld and Murphy are local filmmakers.


Pedro Almodovar's "Talk to Her" (Hable con Ella) is also among the roster of films set to screen. Tribeca Film Festival fave "Roger Dodger" by Dylan Kidd and Sundance hit "Personal Velocity" by Rebecca Miller are also scheduled to screen, along with Sherman Alexie's "The Business of Fancydancing" and Michael Hoffman's "The Emperor's Club." Also playing are two Dogme films, "Strass" by Vincent Lannoo and "Kira's Reason" by Christian Madsen in addition to work from filmmakers Hsiao-hsien Hou ("Flowers of Shanghai"), Catherine Beillat ("Brief Crossing"), and Caroline Link ("Nowhere in Africa"). [Brian Brooks]


[For more information, please visit:
http://www.sliff.org.]



>> Florida Room To Show Docs Outside in Miami Beach


(indieWIRE: 11.05.02) -- A unique concept for a doc film fest will be unveiled
next week in Florida. The Florida Room Documentary Film Festival will be
presented from November 14 - 16 outdoors on the Plaza de Espana in Miami Beach.
Each evening will begin with a film screening followed by a discussion with the
filmmakers and conclude with a block party featuring local bands and visual
artists.


The festival opens with "Promises," a look at the Middle East conflict through
the eyes of seven Palestinian and Israeli children from Jerusalem. The film was
a hit last year on the festival circuit. The November 15 screening is "Mai's
America
," a recent P.O.V. doc on PBS. It is the story of a Vietnamese teenager who befriends a transvestite during her stay in rural Mississippi on an
exchange program. The festival wraps with Sundance competition entry "Blue
Vinyl
," which follows two filmmakers as they humorously explore the hazards of
vinyl. In addition to the features several short films will be shown.


"Each of these films shows that documentaries, and people, can make a
difference," said event co-founder and filmmaker Juan Carlos Zaldivar.


In addition to the films, the fest will feature Palm Pictures' DVD installation
of "One Giant Leap" and a moving images exhibit by Gen Art at the new Miami Beach Cinematheque. [Christopher Henderson]


[For more information, please visit:
http://www.thefloridaroom.org.]

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