DAILY NEWS: Gen Art and Phat Shorts Return for a 6th Year
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Gen Art Set with Stevens' and Peretz' Latest as 6th Festival Bookends
(indieWIRE/04.02.01) -- The Gen Art Film Festival, New York's annual
showcase of new films coupled with nightly evening parties, is returning for
its sixth year (May 2 - 8, 2001). The festival will open with Fisher
Stevens' latest, "Just a Kiss," starring Marisa Tomei, Kyra Sedwick, Taye Diggs, Ron Eldard, Marley Shelton, Patrick Breen and Sarita Choudhury. It will close with Jesse Peretz's new film, "The Chateau," starring Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Sylvia Testud and Didier Flamand.
Allison Anders will be honored with a special honorary award, while Tim
Blake Nelson (director of "Eye of God") will receive the festival's Alumni
Other feature films screenings during the week include: Cory McAbee's
"American Astronaut," Anurag Mehta's "American Chai," Leigh Savidge's "Welcome to Death Row," Ilya Chaiken's "Margarita Happy Hour," and Julie Davis' "Amy's Orgasm." [Eugene Hernandez]
[For more information, visit: http://www.genart.org.]
>> Phat Shorts Returns with 40 Films for April
(indieWIRE/04.02.01) -- Now in its sixth year, Phat Shorts returns to NYC
tonight with PS 2001, offering screenings of more than 40 short films on
Mondays throughout the month of April. 20 New York premieres are among the
lineup, programmed by Andre Hereford of 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks and Ryan Werner of Shooting Gallery, with screening committee members Kelly Markus and Ed Chicitucto.
Among the New York premieres singled out by organizers in a recent
announcement are "Baby," from Sundance, by W.I.Z., David Cronenberg's "Camera," Scott Coffey's "Ellie Parker," Vanessa Buccella's "Embryo," Jamie Thraves' "I Just Want to Kiss You," Peter Brinson's "It Did It," and Jerome Caltagerone's "Quid Pro Quo."
Among the short sets to screen at tonight's debut at the Anthology Film
Archive are Don Hertzfeldt's Oscar-nominated "Rejected," Alex Rivera's "Las Papas del Papa," and from Sundance 2001, Paul Harrill's "Gina, An Actress Age 29." [Eugene Hernandez]
[For more information, visit: http://www.phatshortsfestival.com.]