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DAILY NEWS: "Hell House" Deal; Groth in Vegas and Belladonna's RUSH

DAILY NEWS: "Hell House" Deal; Groth in Vegas and Belladonna's RUSH



with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Matthew Ross/indieWIRE



>> "Hell House" Nabbed by 7th Art



(indieWIRE/03.12.02) -- George Ratliff's documentary, "Hell House," has
been acquired by 7th Art Releasing, the company confirmed late yesterday.
The deal was sealed at SXSW, currently underway in Austin, TX, according
to the announcement.


The movie, which debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival,
provides a behind-the-scenes look at a Texas Pentecostal church's haunted
house which is aimed at frightening children with images of abortion scenes,
AIDS deaths and school shootings.


"I saw this film at the Toronto film fest and was blown away by the pure
filmmaking and a look into a world of religious fanaticism which has become
only more relevant with world current events," commented 7th Art president
Udy Epstein in a prepared statement.


The film was sold by Cinetic and is expected to get a late Spring release in
New York, Los Angeles and Texas. [Eugene Hernandez]


>> Groth Headed to Vegas; Will Keep Sundance Programming Job


(indieWIRE/03.12.02) -- Sundance programmer Trevor Groth has been named Director of Programming for the CineVegas International Film Festival,
the Entertainment Development Corporation of Las Vegas (EDC) announced
yesterday. Groth is maintaining his post at the Sundance Film Festival.


Trevor Groth spoke with indieWIRE yesterday about his new post. He
indicated that the Festival will offer a broad selection of films, including American indies, docs, foreign films and perhaps even a few larger profile pictures. Details will be unveiled over the next few months.


According to yesterday's announcement, Groth intends to present between
50 - 60 films at this year's festival. "We're not going to follow the
formula of a traditional film festival," commented Groth in a prepared
statement yesterday, "Rather, we're going to create a dynamic and unique
experience comprised of great films and unforgettable events -- we have
such an incredible opportunity here, and we're completely reorganizing
CineVegas to position it as the industry event it could be."


Groth joined Sundance in 1992, he has programmed all areas of the
Festival and was involved with the development of the Sundance Online
Film Festival
.


The fourth annual CineVegas will run June 8 - 15 at the Brenden Theaters
inside the Palms Casino Resort. [Eugene Hernandez]



>> Belladonna Opens Production Services Wing


(indieWIRE/03.12.02) -- Belladonna Productions, the indie producing outfit
run by Linda Moran and Rene Bastian, has announced the establishment of RUSH, a new production services division. Designed to benefit first-time filmmakers as well as seasoned professionals, RUSH will provide guidance through the
production and marketing processes as well as physical production assistance
for producers looking to focus on other aspects of filmmaking.


"We want to help filmmakers optimize their production value and their
marketing strategy," said Bastian in a prepared statement. "We believe that
RUSH will enable us to strengthen our roots in the filmmaking community and
to establish lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with filmmakers
in the process."


Moran and Bastian's credits include "L.I.E.," "Friends & Family," and "Sue," and the duo are nominated for the Independent Spirit Motorola Producer's Award, which will be announced on Saturday, March 23. [Matthew Ross]

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