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DAILY NEWS: "George Washington," Cork Fest Plans, DV Fest

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire October 2, 2000 at 2:0AM

DAILY NEWS: "George Washington," Cork Fest Plans, DV Festby Eugene Hernandez /indieWIRE
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DAILY NEWS: "George Washington," Cork Fest Plans, DV Fest




by Eugene Hernandez /indieWIRE

>> NYFF 2000: "George Washington" Celebrates in NYC




David Gordon Green (left) and Tim Orr at Friday's "George Washington" premiere.

Photo by: Brian Brooks/indieWIRE



(indieWIRE/ 10.2.00) -- Getting a review in The New York Times can be a major
benefit to screening at the New York Film Festival -- the newspaper reviews
all of the feature films showcased during the annual event. The impact of a
rave review was felt Friday when the festival screened David Gordon Green's
"George Washington."


Calling the film a "dream of a movie," Times critic Elvis Mitchell compares
the writing to that of Faulkner, touts the talent of the cast and calls
cinematographer Tim Orr "a a star," saying that "this may be the
best-photographed film of the year." As a tribute, Mitchell adds, "The last
time a director captured this kind of life so well on screen was when Spike
Lee
made "She's Gotta Have It."





The "George Washington" cast (left to right): Eddie Rouse, Curtis Cotton III, Donald Holden, Candace Evanofski, and Damien Jewan Lee.

Photo by: Brian Brooks/indieWIRE


Not surprisingly, all involved were buzzing about the review Friday when the
film debuted at Lincoln Center (it screened again yesterday).


Filmmaker Green told indieWIRE that the moment was a high point for him, one
that he clearly was thrilled to share with the kids in his cast (thanks to
the folks at the Newport Film Festival who flew in the actors). The movie
was a big winner at this year's Newport fest and has had a stellar festival
run since debuting in Berlin back in February. Earlier this month, the film
won the acclaimed Discovery Prize which showcases the work of a first-time
filmmaker.


Cast and crew celebrated Friday night during distributor Cowboy Booking's
post-screening party at O'Neals on West 64th Street. Among the attendees
were director Green, D.P. Tim Orr, cast members Donald Holden, Curtis CottonIII, Eddie Rouse, Candace Evanofski, Damien Jewan Lee and Will Janowitz, Noah Cowan & John Vanco from Cowboy Booking, and Christine Schomer & Nancy Donahoe from the Newport Film Festival.





Newport Film Festival toppers Christine Schomer (left) and Nancy Donahoe..

Photo by: Brian Brooks/indieWIRE


Actor Damien Lee spoke told indieWIRE that the acclaim the movie has found
in New York has been boost to his own acting career. While still in high
school in North Carolina and working on stage, the actor is currently
considering colleges and determined to purse an acting career. "Its hard,"
Lee admitted, chatting with indieWIRE at the party, "But anything that's
worth something is hard."


The film will open on October 27th at The Screening Room and the Lincoln
Plaza Cinemas
in Manhattan (indieWIRE will publish an interview with
filmmaker Green and cinematographer Tim Orr at that time). [Eugene Hernandez]


[Pictures from the "George Washington" party will be published today on
indieWIRE.com.]


>> Cork Festival Hightlights Short Films Among 2000 Lineup


(indieWIRE/ 10.2.00) -- The 45h Cork Film Festival, running October 15 - 22,
200 in Cork, Ireland, has unveiled a new prize fund for this short film
competition. The event will bestow a fund of