DAILY NEWS: Germans Films in NY and LA; ContentFilm Hires
by Anthony Kaufman and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> "Tunnel" Heads Up German Onset
(indieWIRE/11.02.01) -- Over the next two weeks, New York and Los Angeles
will host simultaneous festivals of new German cinema, with Roland Suso
Richter's "The Tunnel" kicking off both the Germany 2001: New Films series at the Museum of Modern Art (Nov. 1-15) in Manhattan, and Made in Germany: the 2nd annual Festival of German Cinema at the Laemmle Music Hall Theatre (Nov. 9-15) in Beverly Hills. Richter's "The Tunnel," an acclaimed German
TV movie that won the People's Choice Award at the 2001 Montreal World Film
Festival, is based on the true story of a man who escaped East Berlin
and spent months digging a 145-meter tunnel under the Berlin Wall to
free his sister and her child.
Audience hit "The Tunnel" is the only film that both festivals share,
however, reflecting a distinctly different style of programming in the two
events. The Museum of Modern Art's annual series will screen several
historical, social and political works, including Wieland Speck and Andrea
Weiss' Thomas Mann documentary "Escape to Life," newcomer Achim von Borries' Chernobyl road movie "England!", and Hannes Stohr's acclaimed Berlin Fest Panorama winner "Berlin is in Germany," about an East German man trying to survive in the new Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The L.A. series, Made in Germany, features a more mainstream line-up of German
thrillers (box office hit "The Experiment"), coming-of-agers ("Anna Wunder,"
"Crazy," "Girls on Top") and love stories ("Gripsholm," "Zoom").
Still, both festivals remain committed to raising the profile of German
film. "It is astonishing how the German cinema refreshes itself year after
year with new talents and compelling works by established filmmakers,"
commented MoMA's Laurence Kardish. Seconding Kardish's support is Corina
Danckwerts, Made in Germany festival director and US Representative of the
Export-Union of German Cinema on the West Coast: "Media coverage, audience
attendance and industry reaction have proved that German films are in high
demand," she said. [Anthony Kaufman]
>> Tulley and Roban Join ContentFilm
(indieWIRE/11.02.01) -- Douglas Tulley, a senior V.P. at USA Films and
Michael Roban of Kauffman & Roban, LLP have joined ContentFilm the company's Chairman, Edward R. Pressman and President, John Schmidt announced yesterday. Tulley is on board ContentFilm's Chief Financial
Officer while Roban will serve as Head of Business Affairs.
Tulley had been closely involved in October Films' merger with Gramercy
Pictures and Polygram Home Video and the reorganization of those companies and later served as USA's Senior Vice President of Finance and Strategic
Planning. While at October and USA, he worked on more than fifty films
including Oscar nominees "Traffic," and "Being John Malkovich." He holds a master degree in law from Cambridge University's Emmanuel College.
Michael Roban worked as counsel on films such as "Lisa Picard is Famous" by
Griffin Dunne (First Look Films) as well as Jill Sprecher's "13 Conversations About One Thing" starring Matthew McConaughey (Sony Pictures Classics) while working as a founding partner at the boutique entertainment law firm, Kauffman & Roban, LLP. He also represented writers, actors and directors in
every area of the film business and was a Producers Representative for Seventh
Art Releasing's "Better Living Through Circuitry" and "Trembling Before G-d" by Sandi Dubowski. [Brian Brooks]