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DAILY NEWS: Frankenheimer Passes Away, PlanetOut Shorts, and the Sundance Composers

DAILY NEWS: Frankenheimer Passes Away, PlanetOut Shorts, and the Sundance Composers



by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE with articles by Karl Beck and David Lieberman



>> John Frankenheimer, 1930 - 2002

(indieWIRE: 07.08.02) -- Film director John Frankenkeimer died this
weekend following what was characterized as a massive stroke. He was
72 years old.


Frankenheimer was known for such films as "The Manchurian Candidate,"
"Seven Days in May," "Birdman of Alcatraz," "Seconds," many other feature films and numerous television projects. He was also an active member of
the Directors Guild of America.


"The DGA is greatly saddened by the passing of John Frankenheimer," commented
Directors Guild of America president Martha Coolidge in a prepared statement
this weekend. "In addition to being an extraordinary director for over 50 years,
he was one of the most active and important members of our Guild. I was
honored to serve along with John as co-Chair of our Creative Rights Committee
from 1996 until this year. John's passion for filmmaking, and his appetite
for life, were without equal. He was one of those rarest of people who,
simply put, can never be replaced." [Eugene Hernandez]


Anthony Kaufman interview John Frankenheimer for indieWIRE in March of
2000, read the complete interview at indieWIRE.com


>> PlanetOut Announces Third Annual Short Film Award Winners

(indieWIRE: 07.08.02) -- PlanetOut and HBO, in association with the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, announced the winners of the third annual
PlanetOut.Com Short Movie Awards. Jamie Babbit's ("But I'm A Cheerleader", "Popular") "Stuck" won the grand prize for the jury and audience award. The short is described as "a wacky lesbian geriatric melodrama."


Taking the jury and audience award in animation was Paula J. Durrette's
"Ladies Tea." Cassandra Nicolaou's "Interview With My Next Girlfriend" took the comedy prize from both jury and audience as well. Also taking both jury and audience prizes, in the experimental category, was Pablo Olivero's
"Historia de amor en bano publico" (Love Story in a Public Restroom).


For drama the jury prize went to Carl Pfirman's "Confession" while S. Leo Chiang's "Safe Journey" received the audience award. The jury documentary prize went to Julie Hill, Kathy Richter, and Barbara Rosenthal's "Losing Lois" and the audience award was given to Mark McCormick's "Madonnalogue."


The jury award, voted on by a celebrity jury, offers $7,500 in cash prizes,
while the online audience awards were based on votes by PlanetOut.com site
visitors. The shorts were also streamed on the web, giving an international
audience the opportunity to view and vote on the short queer films.


"The high caliber of work and diversity of content in the winners this year
is astounding. These filmmakers are complex and innovative storytellers who
entertain and educate in exciting ways," said Jenni Olson, entertainment
producer at PlanetOut.com, in a prepared statement. PlanetOut partners has
presented hundreds of short gay and lesbian movies since its initial
Web-based broadcasting in 1997. [Karl Beck]



>> Sundance Selects Six Participants For Composers Lab


(indieWIRE: 07.08.02) -- From July 23 to August 5, The Sundance Institute
will sponsor the fifth Annual Sundance Institute Composers Lab. From a pool
of more than 200 applicants, the Sundance Film Music Program chose six
composers to participate in the workshop: Billy White Acre, Will Calhoun,
Vincent Gillioz, Sujin Nam, Grant-Lee Phillips, and Bradford Reed.


In addition to workshops and creative exercises under the tutelage of film
composers and industry professionals, these participants will also
collaborate with Fellows from the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program to
create scores to accompany scenes shot during the June Filmmakers Lab.


The Composers Lab began in 1986 and ran until 1989, and restarted in 1998
after a nine-year hiatus. The Lab provides a safe, nurturing environment for
young composers to experiment and explore with different musical styles.
[David Lieberman]

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