DAILY NEWS: Kaufman Editorial Regarding Online Journalism; Lions Gate's "Nowhere" and AMPAS Fellowships
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE with an editorial by Anthony Kaufman
>>EDITORIAL: In Defense of Online Film Journalism
by Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE
indieWIRE Senior Editor Anthony Kaufman responds to Mark Olsen's article
about online film journalism, published in the September/October issue of
Film Comment Magazine:
FILM SITES ON THE INTERNET
Trouble in cyberland: a few thoughts on the new frontier of film journalism
By Mark Olsen, Associate Editor, Film Comment
Dear Mark, Gavin, et. al.,
I'm continually frustrated by the kind of judgments and generalizations
made about Internet journalists in articles like yours ("R@NGE W@RS," Film
Comment: Sept/Oct 2000), and Peter Travers' recent article in Rolling Stone.
There seems to be little interest in looking at responsible Internet
journalism and always at the more salacious aspects of scandal mongering,
petty bickering and rumor-building that goes on in any field. I guess
because it makes for better copy.
"Print journalists" love to harp on the immature world of Ain't-it-cool-news
and completely overlook the more serious web journalists that do work
responsibly and respectfully, if I might add. There are some of us that
don't partake in the "online pissing/posting contest" that you describe, but
in fact, actually do detailed reporting and criticism on film and
filmmakers. Reading your article, however, it would seem as if we don't
exist. I find it funny that you describe such rivalries exclusively on the
Internet, when over the years, such vitriol and competition has appeared
just as often among print film critics. Just look at France's critics any
day of the week, especially when one of Emir Kusturica's films are playing.
It's time to get past pigeonholing the "online critic" or "online
journalist" -- to do so is blatantly erroneous. Richard Jameson, the former
editor of Film Comment, writes for Mr. Showbiz.com, New York Film Festival
selection committee member Dave Kehr is the lead critic for Citysearch.com.
Are they merely "online journalists?" Are their works on the web merely
"grab bags consisting of news, semi-substantiated gossip and reviews?" I'm
sure you wouldn't claim that, so then why are they excluded from a
discussion of film writing that appears on the Internet?
So as a "print publication," I ask you, why not take on the same
responsibility you seem to think is lacking online? Rather than be
"confused" by the online world of film writing, why don't you do some
research and look at what's out there of value and worth, rather than what's
immature and petty.
Senior Editor, indieWIRE
>> Lions Gate to Release Korean Film "Nowhere to Hide" In December
(indieWIRE/ 10.6.00) -- Lions Gate confirmed yesterday the release of the
acclaimed Korean film, "Nowhere to Hide," directed by Lee Myung-Se. The
movie will be released in New and Los Angeles in December, Lions Gate
Releasing co-presidents Mark Urman and Tom Ortenberg confirmed yesterday in a prepared statement.
The film, which screened in the World Cinema section at Sundance and the New
Directors/New Films festival, stars Korean comic actor Park Joong-Hoon and
veteran Korean actor Ahn Sung-Ki.
"Lee Myung-Se has crafted an ingenious, stylistically inventive crime
thriller which we feel has major crossover potential," commented Lions
Gate's Ortenberg in a prepared statement. "We are looking forward to
introducing one of the best works to date from this veteran Korean
filmmaker. U.S. audiences will thrill to the discovery of this versatile
cinematic artist, who is a household name in his native country," added
Urman in a prepared statement.
>>Academy Announces Finalists for Annual Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships
(indieWIRE/ 10.6.00) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
(AMPAS) has announced the ten finalists for the 2000 Don and Gee Nicholl
Screenwriting Fellowships. In a prepared statement yesterday, AMPAS
indicated that up to five of the finalists will receive the $25,000 stipend
that accompanies the award.
This year's call for entries drew 4,250 entries, according to AMPAS. The
program, which has awarded 63 fellowships since it began in 1985, expects
recipients to complete their scripts during the fellowship year. Recent
success stories include Raymond De Felitta's "Two Family House," Susannah Grant's "Erin Brockovich" and "28 Days," Ehren Kruger's "Reindeer Games" and "Scream 3," and Andrew W. Marlowe's "Hollow Man."
The finalists, listed alphabetically, are:
Doug M. Atchison; North Hollywood, California
Script: "Akeelah and the Bee"
Alfredo Botello; Berkeley, California
Script: "The Crasher"
Patricia Burroughs; Garland, Texas
Gabrielle Burton; Eggertsville, New York
Script: "The Imperial Waltz"
E. J. Campfield; Thousand Oaks, California
Script: "Circle of Fire"
Thomas A. Conklin; Maplewood, New Jersey
Script: "Big Dog"
Christine R. Downs; Los Angeles, California
Script: "Victory Road"
James M. Foley; Chicago, Illinois
Script: "Powder River Breakdown"
Joshua R. Rubin; New York, New York
Joel B. Strunk; Washington, Maine
Script: "Veterans Day"