DAILY NEWS: "L.I.E." Finds a Home; Film Finders Leaves IFILM; New UK Short Award; and CinemaNow Security
by Eugene Hernandez, Brian Brooks and Maud Kersnowski/indieWIRE
>> Lipskys Like "L.I.E."; Lot 47 Nabs North American Rights
(indieWIRE/ 02.27.01) -- The Lipsky Brothers' Lot 47 Films has acquired all
North American rights to Michael Cuesta's "L.I.E." The film, which had its
world premiere at Sundance 2001, will screen in New York next month at New
Steven Beer from Rudolph & Beer sold the film, on behalf of producers Rene Bastian & Linda Moran of Belladonna and Cuesta. The movie stars Brian Cox ("Manhunter") along with newcomers Paul Franklin Dano and Billy Kay.
Calling the film a "brave filmmaking debut" in indieWIRE's review of
"L.I.E" during Sundance 2001, critic Andy Bailey wrote, "'L.I.E.' hovers
above the pack of traditional youth-gone-wrong coming-of-agers. It will
probably find both fans and foes in its awkward journey toward distribution,
but movies that tell the truth rarely have an easy coming-of-age
Lot 47 intends to release the movie late this summer or early in the fall.
Other releases scheduled include Christopher Livingston's "Hit & Runway,"
Stavros Kazantzidis' "Russian Doll," Amos Kollek's "Fast Food Fast Women," Laurent Firode's "Happenstance," and Gary Burns' "waydowntown." [Eugene Hernandez]
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>> IFILM Sheds Film Finders and TV Tracker in Shift to Consumer Focus
(indieWIRE/ 02.27.01) -- After just over six months of partnership with
IFILM, Film Finders will return to being it's own business, due to IFILM
focusing on their consumer portal and Film Finders growing business. IFILM
has steadily shed its labor intensive industry services as the numbers of
consumer users have risen. TV Tracker, which struck a similar acquisition
deal to Film Finders, will become a separate entity as well. "We didn't
anticipate our consumer business growing as fast as it has," an IFILM
spokesperson told indieWIRE yesterday. "It's a matter of where we can get
the biggest bang for our buck."
"Film Finder's business has ramped up over the last six months. At the same
time, IFILM's consumer portal business has experienced exponential growth,"
said Film Finders Founder Sydney Levine. "We look forward to collaborating
in the future, but we also anticipate many opportunities better suited for
IFILM will continue to provide office space and host and maintain Film
Finders' web site. IFILM also retains an undisclosed financial stake in Film
Finders. The companies will still engage in joint marketing and promotions,
but the "I" will be dropped from Film Finders name.
IFILM recently spun-off their below-the-line services to FilmTrust, which
closed its doors earlier this month. The site still owns the moneymaking
Hollywood Creative Directory and Lone Eagle Publishing.
In other news, Script Shark, IFILM's screenplay coverage service, can put a
notch in its belt -- Paramount picked up Mark Smith's Western screenplay,
"The Devil's Kiss," for Mel Gibson's Icon Productions. [Maud Kersnowski]
>> New U.K. Prize to Award Emerging Talent
(indieWIRE/ 02.27.01) -- During this weekend's Orange British Academy Film
Awards, Orange and FilmFour launched The Orange FilmFour Prize for Short Film which will single out writers and directors as distinguished filmmakers of the future. Filmmakers are required to submit a five-minute fictional
film script by July 2, 2001 -- a panel of film industry representatives will
then shortlist six films that will be produced by FilmFour Lab using digital
In July 2002, the films will premiere on FilmFour.com and will also screen
on the FilmFour channel. The final winner will be chosen by viewers of a
special Channel 4 program who will vote by phone for their favorite film.
In addition to a