by Eugene Hernandez and Mark Rabinowitz/indieWIRE
>> Tykwer's "Lola" Wins Golden Seattle Prize
The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) wrapped up its 25th annual
edition on June 6th, and Tom Tykwer's "Run Lola Run" nabbed the top prize
in the Golden Space Needle Awards. Runners up in this category included
Fran�ois Girard's "The Red Violin" and John Sayles' "Limbo." Chosen from
over 202 features from more than 45 films, the awards are voted on by the
audiences of the festival. The best director prize went to Sayles, with
Tykwer, Deepa Mehta ("Earth"), Don McKellar ("Last Night") and Girard the
The Best Actor prize went to Rupert Everett for his performance in Oliver
Parker's upcoming Miramax film, "An Ideal Husband," and runners-up included
David Strathairn ("Limbo") and Hugo Weaving, for his performances in
Christopher Nolan's "Following," Rose Troche's "Bedrooms And Hallways" and
Craig Monahan's "The Interview."
Veteran actress Piper Laurie picked up both the Best Actress prize, as well
as the American Independent Filmmaker Award's Special Jury Prize for her
performance in Joshua Miller's "The Mao Game." Runners-up for the Golden
Space Needle Best Actress Prize included Julianne Moore for "An Ideal
Husband," Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio for "Limbo," Helen Mirren for
Christopher Menau's "The Passion Of Ayn Rand" and Sandra Oh for "Last
Night." Wim Wenders walked away with the Best Documentary prize for his
soon-to-be-released "Buena Vista Social Club," with runners-up including
Sundance doc winner "Ghengis Blues" by Roko Belic, Barbara Sonnenborn's
Oscar-nominated "Regret To Inform" and "Rabbit In The Moon," by Sundance
cinematography award winner, Emiko Omori. Jay Lowi's "12 Stops On The Road
To Nowhere" picked up the Best Short Film award.
The festival presented several jury awards as well, in the American
Independent Award and New Directors Showcase Award categories. In addition
to the aforementioned award to Laurie, the jury awarded The American
Independent Award to Clay Eide's "Dead Dogs." According to a SIFF press
release, the American Independent Award Is "a juried competition instituted
to provide a spotlight for directors who make exceptional films with
smaller budgets." Jurors for the 10 film competition were: Frank Beddor
(producer, "Something About Mary"), Alex Nohe (Director of programming,
IFP/West), and L.A. Times film critic Kevin Thomas.
The New Directors Showcase Award, for "debut feature films from emerging
international directors," went to Belgium's Patrice Toye for her film,
"Rosie." Additionally, the jury presented Special Jury Prizes to Czech
director Oskar Reif for "The Bed" and Norweigian director Torun Lian, for
"For Only Clouds Move The Stars." Jurors in The New Director's Showcase
were John Horn (senior writer, Premiere Magazine), Lance Rosen (Vice
President Of Business Affairs, Clear Blue Sky Productions) and Stewart
Stern (Screenwriter, "Rebel Without A Cause").
The Atom Films Short Film Award went to Henry Griffin's "Mutiny," with an
Honorable Mention for "In The Mirror Of The Sky," by Mexican director
Carlos Salles. Jurors included Kevin Jones (Creative Director, Cole &
Weber), Suzy Kellet (Director Of Washington State Film Office) and Mika
Salmi (President of Atom Films). The Washington State Screenwriter Award
went to "Dragons," by George Wing. Wing receives a $1,000 cash prize and a
performed script read-through, presented as a special event of the cinema
Seattle screenwriters salon.
>> Pseudo Secures $14 Million Investment
Online broadcaster Pseudo.com has secured a round of financing valued at
$14 million, according to a Silicon Alley news report. @NY indicated that
the five-year old company will use the money for its sales and marketing
efforts, as well as to bolster its programming and technology.
"With the coming explosion in broadband delivery capacity, we believe new
entertainment forms will develop," Andy Oleszczuk, of financier Tribune
Ventures, told @NY, "In our view, Pseudo represents the best of breed in
the developing broadband entertainment industry.
Pseudo Programs and its broadcast studio are based in a large multi-level
loft space at the corner of Broadway and Houston in downtown Manhattan.
From the site, the company broadcasts an eclectic array of live online
programming, hitting topics that range from gaming to rap and new media.
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