By Indiewire | Indiewire April 28, 2000 at 2:00AM
DAILY NEWS: "Girlfight" at NYILFF; Slamdance on the Web; Brownstein at Shooting Gallery; "Blair Witch" Attraction
Eugene Hernandez & Maya Churi/indieWIRE
>> Karyn Kusama's "Girlfight" to close NY Int'l Latino Film Fest
(indieWIRE/4.28.2000) - Karyn Kusama's "Girlfight," which shared
the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature at this year's
Sundance Film Festival, will make its New York premiere as part
of the closing night festivities of the New York International
Latino Film Festival. The film will mark the end of a five day
screening event with premieres of such films as "King of the Jungle"
starring John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez and Edward James Olmos'
"Americanos." "GirlFight" is the feature debut of Kusama and is
a fierce rites of passage story about a quick-tempered young woman
who finds discipline, self-respect and love in the most unlikely
place - a boxing ring. It stars new-comer Michelle Rodriguez in
a divine performance.
The New York International Latino Film Festival is the first
festival in New York City to showcase the works of national
Latino filmmakers alongside 10 premiere international Latin
American films, offering expansive images of the Latino experience.
[Information on The New York International Latino Film
Festival can be accessed at http://www.nylatinofilm.com/]
>> Slamdance Filmmakers to Direct for the web
(indieWIRE/4.28.00) -- The Slamdance Film Festival has announced a new production arm devoted
to short film directed by Slamdance filmmakers. The films, called "$99
Specials" will be shot on micro-budgets with digital cameras and will
appear on the Slamdance website at http://www.slamdance.com. According to a
prepared statement "Nine Slamdance alumni, selected from the last six
years will go toe to toe with some of the biggest names in dotcom and
produce a five minute film (or less) with the fixed sum of $99 (or less)."
All of the films will be shot on DV and posted on consumer editing systems.
The premieres will start online in the fall of 2000. A second cycle of
shorts from nine additional participants will go into production in
September for a year-end premiere.
Slamdance was started in 1995 by a group of writer/director/producers
runs simultaneous to the Sundance Film Festival to premiere independent
films by first-time directors working with limited budgets. Slamdance
also has an annual screenplay competition and a series of "On The Road"
mini-festivals, including an upcoming event in Cannes. [Maya Churi]
>> Brownstein Leaves <kpe> for Shooting Gallery Slot
(indieWIRE/4.28.00) -- Amy Brownstein has joined The Shooting
Gallery as the new Vice President of Public Relations and
Communication Strategy, leaving her position at dotcom incubator
According to a company announcement, Brownstein will handle
entertainment and corporate PR duties alongside responsibilities
as the Shooting Gallery positions its new media projects. Company
Director of Publicity Ilana Lipson will report to Brownstein and
Brownstein will report to Shooting Gallery President of Worldwide
Entertainment Paul Speaker.
"We were at a point in our growth where it became necessary to bring
someone in who had the right combination of entertainment, interactive
and corporate publicity experience," explained Speaker in a prepared
statement, "She will be a great asset to the company and I personally
look forward to working with her." [Eugene Hernandez]
>>"'Blair Witch" Franchise Yields Theme Park Attraction
(indieWIRE/4.28.00) -- A couple of years ago at the Florida Film Festival
in Orlando, organizers (among them "Blair Witch" producer and festival
organizer Mike Monello) joked about an indie film someday spawing an
theme park attraction -- after all amusements are a big deal in Orlando,
Florida. Now, a year after "The Blair Witch Project" emerged from
Orlando to become the indie story of the decade, $250 million in
worldwide grosses later, the movie has spawned, you guessed it, a
theme park attraction.
Opening tomorrow at Sega's Tokyo Joypolis and Umeda Joypolis amusement
parks is a walk-through attraction, based on the "The Blair Witch Project,"
in which visitors walk in groups, holding onto a single rope, through a
graveyard, and Rustin Parr's house.
With a sequel currently shooting and third set to begin shooting shortly,
according to Artisan, the "Blair Witch Project" has now been dubbed a
"With the help of SEGA, we are bringing a new dimension to the franchise,"
explained Artisan Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Amorette
Jones, "Enabling us to further extend the branding opportunities in the
worldwide market, as well as incorporating a tangible experience that
complements the Blair Witch franchise." [Eugene Hernandez]