DAILY NEWS: Magnolia Nabs Tribeca Premiere; Portillo Doc at WMM; Eyre to Direct "Beauty" and Back East Winners
with articles by Eugene Hernandez, Brian Brooks and Jacque Lynn Schiller/indieWIRE
>> Tribeca Premiere "Interview with the Assassin" Acquired by Magnolia
(indieWIRE: 05.01.02) -- Neil Burger's "Interview with the Assassin," a new
film having its world premiere at next week's first Tribeca Film Festival,
has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures. The film, starring Raymond J. Barry and Dylan Haggerty, follows a doc filmmaker who is investigating the claims
of a man claiming to be the second gunman that killed John F. Kennedy.
Magnolia Pictures President Eamonn Bowles, who programmed the international
section of the debut Tribeca Festival, negotiated the deal with Modi Wiczyk,
who represented producers David Levien and Brian Koppelman. Magnolia plans to release the movie this fall. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Portillo's "Senorita Extraviada" Acquired by Women Make Movies
(indieWIRE/05.01.02) -- Award-winning filmmaker Lourdes Portillo's latest
documentary, "Senorita Extraviada," winner of the 2002 Sundance special jury prize in documentary, has been acquired by media organization Women Make
Movies. "Senorita Extraviada" gives the sinister account of the more than 200
kidnapped, raped and murdered young women in Juarez, Mexico (where many of the
women are employed in the plethora of foreign-owned factories operating there).
The rash of crimes began in 1993, despite media attention on both sides of
the border, continues in the region. As described in a Women Make Movies
statement, "The filmmaker poetically investigates the circumstances of the
murders and the horror, fear and courage of the families whose children have
been taken. Yet it is also the story of a city of the future and the underbelly
of our global economy."
Now living in the U.S., Mexican-born Portillo has won multiple awards and
grants including the Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film and Video
Fellowship, N.E.A. grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the American Film Institute Filmmakers Award for her films that focus on the search for Latino identity. Women Make Movies is a national non-profit group dedicated to the
production, promotion, distribution, and exhibition of films and videos made
by and about women. [Brian Brooks]
>> Eyre On Board to Direct "Stage Beauty"
(indieWIRE: 05.01.02) -- Richard Eyre has been tapped by Artisan Pictures
and Tribeca Productions to direct "Compleat Female Stage Beauty," an
adaptation of Jeffrey Hatcher's play. In an announcement yesterday, the
project was described as the story of Edward Kynaston, "an actor at the
height of his career playing roles in 1661 England."
Eyre directed the recent arthouse hit "Iris," as well as the film "Loose
Connections," in addition to various television projects. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Back East Picture Show Declares Winners
(indieWIRE/05.01.02) -- The Hudson Waterfront Film Society has posted the
favorites of its first annual awards competition, the Back East Picture Show,
held April 25 through 28 at the Hudson Street Cinemas in Hoboken, NJ. The
festival screened 53 films, including 13 world premieres and five East Coast
bows. In addition to the filmmaker accolades, the Picture Show recognized
Jersey-born actor Frank Vincent with its lifetime achievement award.
"The Russian Job," directed by Jeffrey Wolf, took best comedy feature honors and will next be screened at Cannes. Israel Horovitz's "3 Weeks from Paradise," a documentary concerning a father's fears on September 11,
received the nod for best documentary. The film was picked up by Bravo and
is set to air on the one-year anniversary of the event.
Terri E. Miller was given The Barbato Tomorrow award, bestowed to a promising
filmmaker, for the comical short "My Femme Lady." [Jacque Lynn Schiller]