DAILY NEWS: Lipsky Leaves Lot 47; Student Academy Award Finalists; Slamdunk Sets Cannes Screenings and Wellspring Promotion
with articles by Eugene Hernandez, Matthew Ross and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> "Mr. Indie" Mark Lipsky Leaving Lot 47
(indieWIRE: 05.02.02) -- Mark Lipsky is leaving Lot 47 Films, the
company he led with his brothers Jeff and Scott. The exec, known
as "Mr. Indie" on the company's website, served as Lot 47's
executive VP and chief strategy officer for more than a year.
His resignation is effective immediately.
While at Lot 47, Lipsky launched the "Club 47" membership screening
program and spearheaded the creation of the unique McBeth's performance
space, to creatively promote the release of "Scotland, PA."
Mark Lipsky's resignation leaves Lot 47 with another key vacancy.
Danae Kokenos recently announced that she will be leaving her
post as VP of acquisitions, while Mary Ann Hult left her PR position
to head publicity at United Artists, and publicity coordinator
Jason Devaney is also leaving the company.
Reached this morning, Lot 47 co-founder and president Jeff Lipsky
indicated that he and CEO Greg Williams would be making decisions
after Cannes about the rehiring of the key acquisitions and PR
positions. "We hope to come back with three movies," Jeff Lipsky
told indieWIRE today, adding that in that case, "we would have to
gear up immediately."
Lot 47 will release last year's acclaimed Cannes entry "The Fast
Runner" on June 7, Jeff Lipsky indicated that it has already been
booked in 60 theaters.
Mark Lipsky recently served as a VP of strategic relations and
marketing at Singingfish.com and prior to that he was an exec at
Bravo Networks. Lipsky also headed sales and marketing at Prestige
"It's all become about community for me and I'd like to apply
my skills in community building and brand building a little
more broadly than is possible at Lot 47 right now," Mark Lipsky
told indieWIRE this morning. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Finalists Selected for Academy's Foreign Film Student Honor
(indieWIRE: 05.02.02) -- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Student
Academy Awards has selected five student films as finalists in the foreign
film category. The winning student filmmaker, along with the winning film
students from the United States, will be flown to Los Angeles to participate
in a week of film industry-related activities and social events, culminating
in the presentation ceremony on June 9 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The five finalists were selected from a pool of 33 entries from 23
countries. They are: Martin Strange-Hansen's "Feeding Desire" (Denmark);
Paul Kousoulides' "Inferno" (U.K.); Chris Stenner, Heidi Wittlinger and
Arvid Uibel's "Rocks" (Germany); Robin Von Har Denborg's "Shadow" (Germany); and Marianne Persson's "Viktor and His Brothers" (Sweden). The films will be screened and voted upon by members of the Academy, with the winner will be
announced in May. [Matthew Ross]
>> Slamdunk Set for Cannes Screenings
(indieWIRE: 05.02.02) -- The Slamdunk Film Festival has set a lineup of six
feature films for its fifth annual screening series in Cannes this month.
The films will show on the rooftop terrace at the Noga Hilton.
Among the features on tap are Eric Byler's first feature "Charlotte
Sometimes," winner of the audience award at SXSW, as well as Dani Minnick's "Falling Like This," a winner at the Hamptons and Florida Film Festivals and Spike Lee and Roger Guenveur's "A Huey P. Newton Story." Other features on tap are Simeon Schnapper and Brett Singer's "Dotcom: Hot Tubs, Pork Chops and Valium," Marius Balchunas' "No Vacancy," John Henry Davis' "Ordinary
Sinner," and Mark Anthony Galluzzo's "RSVP."
Short films, a Bill Plympton showcase, and 3D animation screenings are also
on tap for this year's event. [Eugene Hernandez]
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>> Guirgis Promoted To Senior Director of Acquisitions at Wellspring
(indieWIRE: 05.02.02) -- Wellspring Media named Marie Therese Guirgis
its Senior Director of Acquisitions according to Krysanne Katsoolis, senior
VP of acquisitions. Guirgis has served as manager of acquisitions for the
company since joining in 1999 and is credited by the group for bringing
numerous critically acclaimed films to Wellspring's attention. Among the
films she has worked with are Francois Ozon's "Under the Sand," Jafar
Panahi's "The Circle," Olivier Ducastel's "Adventures of Felix," and Tsai Ming-liang's "What Time is it There?" in addition to others.
"Marie Therese has been an invaluable member of our team since she joined
the company three years ago," said Katsoolis in a prepared statement. "Her
hard work and dedication has been and will continue to be a major asset to
the acquisitions department of the company." Guirgis will attend Cannes
this year with Katsoolis to seek North American theatrical acquisitions.
Wellspring is a supplier of film, television, and video programming.