DAILY NEWS: LA Film Fest Winners; Hill Exits Falco; and Urbanworld Plans
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> ON THE SCENE: "Paradox Lake" Wins $50,000 Cash Prize at LA Film Fest; Docs "OT: Our Town" and "Spellbound" Honored
(indieWIRE: 07.01.02) -- The Los Angeles Film Festival wrapped up this
weekend in Southern California, closing Saturday night with a screening of
Miguel Arteta's "The Good Girl." Earlier in the day the festival announced
its award winners, presenting narrative filmmaker Przemyslav Reut with the
juried Target Filmmaker Award, a prize that includes $50,000 cash. "Paradox
Lake," which screened at Sundance, Berlin and New Directors/New Films, plays out at an upstate New York camp for autistic children. A complete wrap-up has been published today in indieWIRE.
In the documentary competition, Scott Hamilton Kennedy's "OT: Our Town," won the jury prize, earning a package of goods and services valued at more than
$10,000. The doc captures a Compton high school's determination to stage its
first student play in more than 20 years. Also honored was Jeff Blitz'
"Spellbound." The doc, which brings viewers into the lives of a group of
children competing in the National Spelling Bee, won the festival's doc
audience award and was also honored with a special jury prize that awarded a
digital video camera donated by Canon USA.
Alfredo de Villa's "Washington Heights," was declared the winner of the
narrative audience award in an announcement made prior to the closing night
screening. [Eugene Hernandez]
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[DISCLAIMER: indieWIRE Editor-in-Chief Eugene Hernandez served on the Los
Angeles Film Festival's documentary competition jury.]
>> Jeff Hill Exits Falco; PR Vet Forming New, Smaller Outfit
(indieWIRE: 07.01.02) -- Members of the specialty film PR community were
buzzing this weekend, following the news that Jeff Hill is leaving Falco Ink, the publicity firm that he co-founded nearly four years ago.
In an email to friends on Friday, Hill announced that he would exit the
company later that afternoon. "This personal decision is a hard one to make,"
Hill wrote in the email, "But with your support (as well as the members of
Falco Ink) in this time of transition - I feel that all of our futures will
be successful and healthy (both personally and in business)."
During a conversation with indieWIRE on Friday, Hill explained that his
amicable separation with Falco partners Shannon Treusch, Janice Roland, and Gary Hill was a result of his own decision to re-orient his PR activities.
Hill announced that he will form a new, smaller PR company.
Calling the move a step to "downsize my life," Hill offered that he is
anxious to shed the shared duties of running a busy PR firm, to instead
create a small outfit that services fewer clients and projects. He expects to
announce the name of the company and details of his plan soon.
While Falco Ink will maintain its overall clients, Hill told indieWIRE that
he will take the films that he was already working on, including "All the
Queens Men," Mike Leigh's "All of Nothing," Todd Haynes' "Far From Heaven," United Artists' "Nicolas Nickelby," and the Fox Searchlight release, "Bloody Sunday."
Hill, Treusch, Roland and Hill formed Falco Ink after exiting Clein + White
in 1998, they primarily represent specialty and independent films, as well as
Dreamworks' releases and Balance Bars. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> 6th Urbanworld Unveils Plans
(indieWIRE: 07.01.02) -- The 6th Urbanworld Film Festival has announced some details of its upcoming New York event with the world premiere of Twentieth
Century Fox's "Drumline." The film is described by organizers as a look at
"high-energy, high-stakes world of show style marching bands