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DAILY NEWS: Mix Fest NYC; Miramax and Universal Team for Campion Pic

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire November 10, 1999 at 2:0AM

DAILY NEWS: Mix Fest NYC; Miramax and Universal Team for Campion Pic
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DAILY NEWS: Mix Fest NYC; Miramax and Universal Team for Campion Pic

by Anthony Kaufman and Maya Churi


>> Mix Fest Kicks Off Saluting Experimental Flicks

The 13th New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival
launches tonight (Wednesday) at New York's Anthology Film Archives with
its annual salute to short film, which includes the world premieres of
photographer Katrina del Mar's directorial debut "Gang Girls 2000" (in
"Glorious Glittervision!") and French director Pierre-Yves Clouin's "The Little Big." Running through Nov. 14, the festival, which also has
sister events in San Francisco, Brazil and Mexico, will screen 150
titles from over 10 countries, with new works from such notable artists
as Sadie Benning, Holly Hughes, William E. Jones, Mark Taylor, Julie Tolentino, and Ron Athey.

Two sidebar series will highlight issues and themes relating to the
experimental art form. The first, Memorizing MIX, is intended to raise
awareness about film and video preservation. Included in the program is
a revival screening of Lizzie Borden's "Born in Flames," a classic of
the 1980's lesbian revolution, starring Sheila McLaughlin, Adele Bertei,
Honey and Kathryn Bigelow. The second program, to be hosted nightly by
actor Alexis Arquette (who also appears in the New York premiere of
"Piccadilly Pickups") is HONCHO Midnight Blue Movie Series, which also includes Andy Warhol's rarely seen "COUCH," featuring such recognizable faces as Jack Kerouac and the Village Voice's Amy Taubin. A program of shorts, under the title Peep Show, will feature 1940's era Lesbian and Gay erotic film from Mexico.

Also included in the festival is short videos by Ximena Cuevas,
"Mexico's video artist extraordinaire," a contribution from MIX Mexico
Festival Director Arturo Castelan. The festival closes with the New York
Premiere of Nick Katsapetses' debut feature "The Joys of Smoking," which premiered at Toronto '99, and The Millennium Closing Night Bash, A Toast to Jackie 60, celebrating the influential club event begun in 1990 by
Chi Chi Valenti, Johnny Dynell, Richard Move and Kitty Boots, with a collection of new films and videos inspired by the famous club, by noted
artists Charles Atlas, Jack Gulick and Tina Paul and Arhlene Z. Ayalin. [Anthony Kaufman]

For tickets and schedule visit http://www.mixnyc.org or call 212.269.4TIX. Also, MIX Brasil: http://www.mixbrasil.com.br and MIX Mexico: http://www.planet.com.mx/mix For more info: Call 212.571.4242 Fax 212.571.5155

>> Miramax and Universal Pictures International joins with Kidman and Campion for "In The Cut"

Miramax and Universal Pictures International announced they will
co-finance "In The Cut," a new thriller starring Nicole Kidman and
directed by Jane Campion. Kidman, who is also one of the producers on
the project, optioned "In The Cut" from the author, Susanna Moore, in
1996. It is the story of a young woman who meets a homicide detective
while he's searching her apartment building for information about a
brutal murder.

After optioning the book, Kidman brought the project to Campion who took
it to Laurie Parker (producer of "My Own Private Idaho" and "The
Rapture
"). They have formed a partnership called Red Turtle Productions,
all three will produce the film. Under the agreement, Miramax will
handle domestic distribution and Universal will handle the international
distribution; the two companies are worldwide partners on the project. [Maya
Churi]