DAILY NEWS: Godard Re-release; Cowboy's Music Doc; HSI and Tomorrow's Slate; Perrier Fests
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Godard's "Outsiders" Back in 35mm...35 Years Later
(indieWIRE/06.06.01) -- While audiences stateside will have to wait until
early next year to catch a glimpse of Jean-Luc Godard's latest film, "Eloge
de l'Amour," the maverick French director's "Band of Outsiders" ("Bande a
Part") is getting a rare re-release this summer.
Rialto Pictures confirmed yesterday that the French New Wave gangster film,
first released in America in 1965, will debut at Film Forum in mid-August
followed by openings around the country. It was previously unavailable for
re-release due to rights problems. New 35mm prints of the film, the first in
35 years according to Rialto, were struck from the original negative for
Fans of Quentin Tarantino might be aware of Godard's "Outsiders," since the
director named his company, A Band Apart, after the film. Additionally,
Tarantino offered a now famous homage to the Godard film in Uma Thurman's
diner dance scene (a reference to Anna Karina dancing "The Madison" in the
French film). Hal Hartley also referenced the same scene in "Simple Men."
Writing about Godard's "Band of Outsiders" in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," famed
critic Pauline Kael noted, "This lyrical tragicomedy is perhaps Godard's
most delicately charming film."
Rialto is known for its successful re-releases of Godard's "Contempt,"
Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria," Carol Reed's "The Third Man," Renoir's "Grand Illusion," and Jules Dassin's "Rififi." Additionally, the company will release Bunuel's "That Obscure Object of Desire" and Jean-Pierre Melville's "Bob Le Flambeur" this summer. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Pennebaker Hegedus' "O Brother" Music Doc Coming to Theaters
(indieWIRE/06.06.01) -- The country, bluegrass and gospel music that made
the Coen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou" such a success will be back
on the big screen again. This time, it will be showcased in a new
documentary by Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. The film, "Down From the Mountain," is a performance piece documenting last year's Nashville concert featuring Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, the Fairfield Four, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and Chris Thomas King, among others. It will be released by Cowboy Booking.
"Mountain" will debut later this month in New York, following a sold-out
Carnegie Hall concert re-uniting many of the same musicians from the
Nashville show. A concert soundtrack will follow next month. "It was an
incredible concert in Nashville," said Joel Coen, "and great that Pennebaker
agreed to film it.
"For people like us, whose first documentary look at musicians like Bob
Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and so on was through Pennebaker's
movies," commented Joel Coen in a prepared statement, "It was a kick to see
his moviemaking process firsthand. And the result is a remarkable movie."
Brother Ethan added in a prepared statement, "I always knew this hillbilly
music would be big."
Among the recent Cowboy Booking International documentary releases are Aviva Kempner's "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," Jem Cohen and Pete Sillen's "Benjamin Smoke."
Not known to shy away from the opportunity to offer a wacky prepared comment
or two for the media, Joel Coen's comment yesterday continued, "We're
talking to Pennebaker now about a concert we're putting on at the Royal
Albert Hall next year of Tuvan throat-singing. They have this Pete Townsend
thing at the end of their act where they smash their -well, you just have to
see it." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> HSI and Tomorrow Pursue Slate of New Movies
(indieWIRE/06.06.01) -- Leading Music Video company HSI is currently in
production with sales and distribution company Tomorrow Film Corp. on a dark
comedy, titled, "An American Girl," starring Jena Malone ("Step Mom"), Brad Renfro ("Apt Pupil"), Alicia Witt ("Cecil B. Demented") and Clifton Collins, Jr. ("Traffic").
The movie is being directed by Jordan Brady, who also helmed HSI and
Tomorrow's first feature, "The Third Wheel," with stars Ben Affleck, Luke Wilson and Denise Richards, as well as "Wakin Up in Reno," with Billy Bob Thornton, Patrick Swayze and Charlize Theron. Those two movies are being released by Miramax, according to yesterday's announcement.
"Girl" is described in a prepared statement as "a dark comedy about the need
for love and the chances and choices people make to reach that need."
As part of their partnership, HSI and Tomorrow are pursuing a development
slate that includes other projects set to shoot later this year and in 2002.
Among the upcoming projects are video director Paul Hunter's "Judas" and
Brian Cox's "The Remains of Glory," as well as "Autobahn," which was written by Dan Vining and William Mickelberry. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> "Bubbling Under" Names New Fests
(indieWIRE/06.06.01) -- Perrier has named the final three film festivals
that will participate in its "Bubbling-Under Award" program. Each of five
festivals is selecting a first-time feature director, one of whom will be
chosen to receive a $50,000 grant to be used in a subsequent production.
Joining the project are the Florida Film Festival (June 8 - 17th in Orlando,
FL), the Nantucket Film Festival (June 20 - 24 in Nantucket, MA) and the
Hamptons International Film Festival (October 17 - 21st in East Hampton,
NY). Previously announced fests are the Santa Barbara International Film
Festival and The Taos Talking Pictures Festival. [Eugene Hernandez]