DAILY NEWS: Hamptons Prizes; "Sun" Acquired by Shadow
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>>"Falling," River," "Fighter" and "Aberdeen" Win Hamptons Fest Prizes
(indieWIRE/ 10.16.00) -- A debut feature film having its world premiere
here in East Hampton won the Golden Starfish Award for best narrative film.
Dani Minnick's "Falling Like This" won the award, which includes a $180,000 goods and services package for the filmmaker's next project, that was presented
Saturday night at the Hamptons International Film Festival's awards gala.
Shot on video in a cinema verite style, the movie is described as an "American teenage romance," set in Southern California's San Fernando Valley during the 1980's. The Film's videographer and editor Alessandro Zezza also won an award for cinematography.
The $10,000 cash prize for the Golden Starfish documentary winner went to
David and Laurie Gwen Shapiro's "Keep The River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale." The film, a portrait of artist and anthropologist Tobias
Schneeman, recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The festival's Audience Award for documentary, announced at yesterday's
closing reception, was presented to Amir Bar-Lev's "Fighter," while the
audience prize for best narrative film went to Hans Peter Moland's
"Aberdeen," starring Stellan Skarsgard, Lena Headey, Ian Hart and Charlotte Rampling.
In the Festival's timely "Films of Conflict and Resolution," Avi Mograbi's
"Happy Birthday, Mr. Mograbi" and Najwa Najjar's "Naim and Wadee'a" won the Festival's Films of Conflict and Resolution Award, sharing a $25,000 prize.
In the shorts category, Ellie Lee's "Dog Days" won the Golden Starfish for
best short, while Sheri Hellard's "Jack and Jill" took the audience prize
for short film. In other awards, the narrative jury presented actor Robert
Forster with a special recognition award for his performance in Dan Cohen's
competition film, "Diamond Men." [Eugene Hernandez]
>>BRIEFLY: Shadow Nabs "Under the Sun"
(indieWIRE/ 10.16.00) -- Waterville, Maine based distributor, Shadow
Distribution, announced that it will release Colin Nutley's "Under the Sun." The Swedish film, which was recently an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film, will open later this year.
"We're tremendously excited to have the chance to distribute "Under the Sun,"
commented Shadow president Ken Eisen in a prepared statement. "It's that
rare film that has the ability to involve an audience in ways that can't be
calculated. Audiences at advance screenings of "Under the Sun" have responded
to Colin's vision and the film's simple yet profound story with an emotion
that can only be called rapture." The company has also released Tony
Gatlif's "Latchmo Drom and Mondo," Ken Loach's "Carla's Song" and Paul Wagner's "Windhorse." It is currently releasing Rocky Collins' "Pants on Fire." [Eugene Hernandez]