DAILY NEWS: Havana Fest in NYC; U.S. Comedy Arts Winners
by Eugene Hernandez and Maya Churi
>>Havana Film Fest in Manhattan
(indieWIRE/2.17.2000) -- New York's Anthology Film Archives and the
New Filmmakers Series will present a local version of the acclaimed
Havana Film Festival new month. The event, running March 18 - 26, 2000
will celebrate more than four decades of Cuban films from ICAIC, the
Cuban Film Institute.
Over 40 films will be complemented by lectures and other events. Among
the movies set to screen are Tomas Gutierrez Alea's "The Art of Tobacco,"
Daniel Diaz Torres' "Love Me and You Will See," Mayra Vilasis' "I Am the Song that I Sing," Octavio Cortazar's "For the First Time," Hector Veitia,
Mayra Vilasis, Mario Crespo & Ana Rodri's "Transparent Woman," Andres Felipe
Burgos' "A Hero Gets Stomped," Orlando Rojas's "Sometimes I Look at My Life,"
Gerardo Chijona's "Kid Chocolate," Sara Gomez' "And We Hve Soul," Miriam
Talavera's "I am Juana Bacallao," Juan Carlos Cremata's "Dark Jailed Rhinoceros," Estella Bravo's "The Children That Disappeared," Leonel Lopez Salgado's "Sait Lazarus' Corner," Andres Marroquin's "Long Fingernails and Other Shorts," and a program of short films from Cuba's International School of Film and Television (Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV).
The honorary advisory board for the event includes Woody Allen, Norman Mailer,
Susan Sarandon, Lori Singer, Stewart Stern and Hunter S. Thompson.
[For more information contact Patricia Gostyla, at 212.505.0726 or visit:
>>U.S. Comedy Arts Film Festival Award Winners
(indieWIRE/2.17.2000) -- The U.S. Comedy Arts Film Festival wrapped up
last week with six winners in six different categories. The fest, which
was held in Aspen for it's fifth consecutive year, honored Barry
Levinson by awarding him the first AFI Filmmaker Award of the millenium.
The festival's goals are "to provide a forum for cultivation of
the comedy industry through discovery, innovation and tribute."
Each year the producers of the fest travel across the country
seeking out the best in comedic talent. Last year over 2,000
comedians attended the festival from over 20 cities across the
country. [Maya Churi]
The Winners were:
-Best Actor: Larry Miller, "Pros and Cons"
-Best Actress: Alicia Witt, "Playing Mona Lisa"
-Best Screenplay: Christopher Livingston & Jaffe Cohen, "Hit and Runway"
-Best Short film: "George Lucas in Love"
-Best Director: (Tie) Krsto Papic, "When the Dead Start Singing"
and Adrienne Shelly, "I'll Take You There"
-Best Film: Don Scardino, "Advice from a Caterpiller"
For more information about the festival visit their website at