DAILY NEWS: "Hole" in Production; and Margaret Mead Fest Lineup
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE with a report by Christopher Henderson
>> Beech Hill Shoots "Hole in One"
(indieWIRE: 10.28.02) -- New York based production company Beech Hill
Films is shooting its latest film, "Hole in One," in Nova Scotia,
Canada. The picture is written and directed by Richard Ledes, founder
of the Eureka experimental theater company.
The film is described as an "offbeat comedy" about "a beautiful woman
who becomes convinced that a 'transorbital' lobotomy will solve all her
problems and her madman gangster boyfriend who tries to talk her out of
it." "Dawson's Creek's" Michelle Williams stars as the woman and Meat
Loaf Aday ("Fight Club," "Formula 51") is the gangster boyfriend. Other
cast members include Tim Guinee, Wendell Pierce and Louis Zorich.
Alexa Fogel and Joe Infantolino's Beech Hill Films has also produced
"Our Song" and "Face." Fogel is also known for her work as casting
director for "Oz." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Margaret Mead Fest Sets 26th Event
(indieWIRE: 10.28.02) -- The Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, the
longest running documentary festival in the United States, will screen
its 26th annual slate at the American Museum of Natural History in New
York from November 7 to 10. Thirty-nine documentaries from 19 countries
will be presented with repeats of selected films on November 16 and 17.
The festival opens with the New York premiere of Australian-Palestinian
director Sherine Samala's "A Wedding in Ramallah," a depiction of a
Palestinian couple coping with war, exile, and moving to the United
States. Three days later the festival closes with Annie Goldson's
"Georgie Girl," the story of a transgendered Maori who made history
by winning a seat in New Zealand's parliament. A discussion with
the director will follow both nights.
In between selections will vary from a restored version of Joseph Best's
"My Song Goes Forth," the first foray by Paul Robeson into documentary
film to "Return to Afghanistan," the story of four Afghan-American
filmmakers' July 2001 trip to their ancestral home and return to the
Several films will focus on Africa including "Benjamin and His Brother,"
the story of two brothers who are part of the "lost boys" who have spent
more time in refugee camps than in their home communities in Sudan and two
films, "Wa'N Wina (Sincerely Yours)" and "The Ball" about South Africans'
struggle with HIV/AIDS.
After its run at the museum, the festival, named for the famed
anthropologist, will travel to a series of universities over the
course of the next year. Stops include Harvard, Cornell, Rice
University, Cal State Fullerton, and Portland State. [Christopher