DAILY NEWS: Miramax French Pact; Lot 47 VPs; Krulik Dot Com
by Eugene Hernandez and Aaron Krach/indieWIRE
>> >> Miramax Nabs Distribution and Re-Make Rights to Onteniente Film
(indieWIRE/5.24.00) -- Miramax announced yesterday that it has acquired the
North American distribution rights and the re-make rights to Fabien
Onteniente's French film, "Jet Set."
The movie, which is set to open in France in June, is described in a company
announcement as "a dramatic comedy about a group of friends who plot to
infiltrate Paris' elite social scene in an effort to lure jet-setters to
their floundering bar."
Miramax also announced that Hilltop Entertainment's Harel Goldstein, Michael Grais and Mark Victor, producers of the French movie, will produce the Miramax re-make.
>>Hult and Altyn Join Lipsky's Lot 47
(indieWIRE/5.24.00) -- Lot 47 Films has added two executives to its emerging
distribution company roster. Company President Jeff Lipsky announced that
Mary Ann Hult has joined Lot 47 as Vice-President of Publicity, while Dawn
Altyn has signed on as Vice-President of Distribution Services.
Hult recently exited Fox Searchlight as Manager of East Coast Publicity,
while Dawn Altyn left the position of Director of Distribution Services at
>>Underground Auteur Krulik Launches Site
(indieWIRE/5.24.00) -- Jeff Krulik fans who were unable to travel to
Washington D.C. to catch the documentarian's work at the American Film
Institute at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts can log on to
Krulik's new and improved website, www.planetkrulik.com, where the
filmmakers simulcasted his AFI debut of new work.
"I like people to be at the theater," explained Krulik. "But I'm trying to
promote this nationally and even internationally -- I said to my web guys,
'Let's do a simulcast. I think there's a lot of power in this commonality
that hasn't been explored.'"
AFI hosted two screenings of Krulik's new work on May 13th under the title,
Planet Krulik 2000. During the same hours, the same work screened online.
The program included world premieres: "Three Hour Torture," about a reunion
of the surviving cast members from Gilligan's Island, "King of Porn 2: The
Retirement," "Brando's Bar Mitzvah," the Faith Dane story, an ex-Broadway
showgirl, perennial DC mayoral candidate, and 76 year-old-pothead. "And
since I wouldn't even want to watch an hour and a half of my own stuff,"
explained Krulik in advance of the evening, "I'm including some personal
favorites from the underground film festival circuit."
Krulik's new pieces will join the director's entire filmography which he has
just finished digitizing and putting online. Krulik found his original beta
masters from the last 15 years to get the best quality possible for his new
Internet database. The work is available in both Real Media and Quicktime
"I'm a total believer in streaming video," said Krulik. "I can't watch it at
home -- I'm waiting to upgrade and I don't have the patience or the time.
But people in offices and universities and studios can. They've got T-1
lines. I want to have my whole filmography on there in case someone wants to
check it out." [Aaron Krach]