DAILY NEWS: Gilroy Tops in Nantucket; Casting Via Auction
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Gilroy Wins Top Nantucket Prize for "Spring Forward"
(indieWIRE/6.28.00) -- Tom Gilroy won the 2000 Writer/Director Award at this weekend's Nantucket Film Festival for his debut feature, "Spring Forward." The film, which debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and also screened at Sundance 2000, stars Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber. It was produced by Jim McKay, Paul Mezey and Gill Holland, with financing from IFC Films.
Sony Pictures Classics' "Solomon & Gaenor," an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film, won the Festival's audience award for best feature. It was written and directed by first-timer Paul Morrison. "One Day, Crossing," written by Christina Lazaridi and directed by Joan Stein, won the award for best short film. Writers Mark Greenberg and Paul N. Lazarus III won the Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting for "DaVinci's Gift." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> New Site Offers Actors A Big Break, But With a Price
(indieWIRE/6.28.00) -- Forget the casting couch, actors looking for overnight success can go online to get that big break, with the highest bidders bagging prized starring roles in a new feature film. It may not reward talent, but the new website -- "Who Wants to Be A Movie Star? (www.whowantstobeamoviestar.com) -- certainly is a unique approach to
casting (and marketing) and another example of Hollywood's determination to achieve success online.
Yahoo! Auctions is hosting the bidding/casting, with Tony Markes ("Welcome to Hollywood") on board to direct, Dan Hassid ("Sugar Town," "Grace of My Heart") producing and Adam Rifkin ("Mouse Hunt," "Small Soldiers") writing. Interestingly, Rifkin will not be penning a script for the project until the auction is completed. According to yesterday's announcement, "Once the starring and supporting roles have been cast via the auction, screenwriter Adam Rifkin will create an original screenplay specifically tailored to the relative strengths of the actors and designed to complement the various personalities of the cast."
Sound like a recipe for a Hollywood disaster? With no script and no cast, you'd think this film wouldn't have a chance...Not so, William Morris' Cassian Elwes has signed on to sell the movie and if that doesn't work, Blockbuster is on board to release it on video.
As of 7:15 ET last night, the "fifth lead actor role" was fetching the highest bid at $770.00 and 51 bids. The lowest bid was for $60.00, 8 people bidding to be the assistant to the producer (The P.A. position garnered eleven bids with the highest at $72.50).