DAILY NEWS: Lot 47 Production Plans; IFP No Borders 2001; and Venice Festival Films

by Eugenen Hernandez/indieWIRE

>> Lot 47 Adds Production; Clawson to Head Division

(indieWIRE/07.30.01) -- The Lipsky Brothers' Lot 47 Films takes a step in a
new direction today, with the announcement that Tim Clawson is joining the
company as the President of Lot 47 Productions, overseeing its new
development and production business. The company is making a move into
commercials, music videos, television programs, digital content, and
ultimately film production according to an announcement.

In a conversation with indieWIRE, Clawson explained that the division will
begin by expanding a roster of directors in the music video and commercial
areas. The exec, who founded and headed Shooting Gallery Productions, also
served as head of production for Propaganda Films and Limelight. He will be joined at the company by Kris Toledo, who serve as Executive Producer of
Music Video. Their goal, according to Claswon is to "create a company that
services todays marketplace."

"We are honored to have Tim Clawson join Lot 47 as we work to add new
revenue streams to our core business of film acquisition and distribution,"
Lot 47 co-founder, chairman and CEO Scott Lipsky said in a prepared
statement. "At each of his past companies, including Limelight, Propaganda
Films and Shooting Gallery, Tim was able to build a profitable, successful
business that produced popular and respected movies, television shows,
videos and commercials."

Videos and commercials will be a priority, but Clawson indicated that other
forms of content are likely, singling out the recent BMW Films web project
as an example. The company will also pursue film projects. "An advantage we
have is the opportunity to provide distribution and marketing plans for any
programming that we do," Clawson told indieWIRE. The exec indicated that
there is some material and filmmakers that Lot 47 is working with at "a very
early developmental stage."

"It is viable to say that we could be in production in Spring on a project,"
Clawson said, "If everything goes right." [Eugene Hernnadez]

>> IFP's No Borders Market Announces 2001 Slate

(indieWIRE/07.30.01) -- The Independent Feature Project's (IFP) No Borders Co-Production Market, which runs concurrent with the annual IFP Market each Fall, has announced the lineup for its 7th edition. 35 projects (all of
which are detailed on the indieWIRE website today) will participate in No
Borders, 12 docs-in-progress, 10 U.S. scripts and 13 international scripts,
according to organizers.

No Borders welcomes producers with a track record in independent filmmaking
and connects them with a group of funding sources. "Through our solid
relationship with our partners on the program, and through our own
solicitation process, NO BORDERS aspires to bring together a slate of
projects each year which the IFP believes stand a fighting chance in the
international arena," commented IFP Executive Director Michelle Byrd in a
prepared statement.

Among the projects that IFP counts among its No Borders successes are Jeremy
's "The Five Senses," Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen's "On the Ropes," Ed Radtke's "The Dream Catcher," and Josh Aronson's "Sound and Fury."

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>> Venice Lineup Announced: From "Dust" to Duras

(indieWIRE/07.27.01) -- At a press conference in Rome today (Friday), Venice
President Paolo Baratta and Artistic Director Alberto Barbera
unveiled the lineup for the 58th edition of the Venice International Film
(Aug 29 -- Sept 8), marking a return of Latin American cinema,
digital entries, and an undercurrent of unconventional women. "Before the
" director Milcho Manchevski's "Dust" will open the festival's
International Competition and Giuseppe (brother of Bernardo)
Bertolucci's "Love Probably" will open the Cinema of the Present section.


>> FRIDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Venice Festival Lineup; Canadian Films in Toronto; Soderbergh update; "Heavy Metal" in NYC; and Austin Film Fest Signs Breen

(indieWIRE/07.26.01) -- In an email message Friday, Steven Soderbergh
updated indieWIRE on plans for his new film. Also, at a press conference in
Rome on Friday, Venice Biennale President Paolo Baratta and Artistic
Director Alberto Barbera unveiled the lineup for the 58th edition of the
Venice International Film Festival. And, this year marks the 15th
anniversary of what is perhaps the most truly independent video of all time,
"Heavy Metal Parking Lot"; while Matthew Breen has been named the new Film Program Director for the Austin Film Festival and Consolidation in the North
American market leaves influence in the hands of the few writes Ray Pride
for iW Monthly."

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