DAILY NEWS: Negotiatons Continue with One Week To Go; Linklater's Latest Acquired; Aspen's Short Winners; Academy Grants
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Joint Statements React to Warnings by L.A.'s Mayor Riordan, One Week Before a Hollywood Strike Could Hit
(indieWIRE/04.23.01) -- The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance
of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) issued a joint statement
and the Screen Actors Guild joined with the American Federation of
Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) to issue a separate statement last
week, responding to L.A. mayor Richard Riordan's warnings about the economic
impact of a strike. The contract between WGA and AMPTP expires on May 1st,
the date that many have anticipated as the first of two potential strikes.
Expressing appreciation for Riordan's comments, the WGA and the AMPTP said
in the statement that they "are committed to negotiating in good faith a new
contract that will serve writers, the entertainment industry and the
While SAG and AFTRA asked that Riordan "elevate his involvement by urging
the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to commit to
meeting the reasonable need of middle-income actors to earn a living wage."
Continuing, they added, "Actors don't want a strike. Actors want a deal that
will keep our industry working. We've said many times in the past few months
that we believe we can reach an agreement with producers before our contract
expires on June 30th."
The Mayor's study, released during a news conference on Thursday, warned of
serious financial ramifications that would be felt should the WGA strike on
May 1st and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) strike on June 30th when their
respective contracts expire.
Calling upon negotiators to "work together in a spirit of compromise to save
thousands of LA jobs from the cutting room floor," Mayor Riordan said, "A
strike would be a serious setback for Los Angeles' biggest industry cluster,
but it would also devastate thousands of people who are not represented in
Negotiations between the WGA and the AMPTP are set to continue today after
caucus and sidebar meeting on Friday and separate preparatory meetings over
the weekend. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Linklater's Animated Film, "Waking Life," Finds a Home at Fox Searchlight
(indieWIRE/04.23.01) -- Richard Linklater's latest film, "Waking Life," has
been acquired by Fox Searchlight and will hit theaters later this year. The
movie, which was sold by John Sloss and financed by IFC and Thousand Words, debuted at Sundance earlier this year.
Written and directed by Linklater, the film was shot digitally and features
more than 50 actors. It was animated in collaboration with Bob Sabiston &
Tommy Pallotta ("Roadhead," Snack and Drink") and more than 30 individual animators.
"It's a dazzling breakthrough movie that introduces a new style of animation
to the world," commented Fox Searchlight President Peter Rice in a prepared
statement. The company will unveil the movie this Fall.
"Waking Life" was a hit with critics and audiences when it debuted at
Sundance. In his wrap-up report from Park City, indieWIRE Senior Editor
Anthony Kaufman called "Waking Life," a "dream-film that grows on you more
every second you surrender to its surprisingly suspenseful narrative,
mind-liberating message and rapturous score." While Sundance's Geoff Gilmore
previewed the movie in the Festival catalog calling the movie, "a work that
propels us into new realms and fully establishes Linklater as one of the
pre-eminent voices from the generation destined to reinvent the cinema."
"What I really love about 'Waking Life' is that it is a truly indie film
from concept to execution," Linklater told Richard Baimbridge for an
indieWIRE article that ran the day that the movie debuted at Sundance. "But
let's face it," Linklater addded, "I think people are going to take
mushrooms and watch it on video."
"Then again," concluded Baimbridge, "That's what he thought about
"Waking Life" was one of two films that Linklater brought to Sundance. His
other movie is the digital feature, "Tape," which was part of the InDigEnt
series. Meanwhile, Bob Sabiston and Tommy Pallotta are hyping "Figures of Speech," an animated doc project that utilizes the same animation techniques the pair used for "Waking Life" (the project is available for viewing online
at: http://www.figuresofspeech.com/). [Eugene Hernandez]
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>> Aspen Shortsfest Selects Top Films
(indieWIRE/04.23.01) -- Three films were singled out as winners of "The
Ellen" award at the 2001 Aspen Shortsfest in Colorado. The festival, which
concluded last weekend, awarded the $1,500 top prize for most original film
to Julian Cautherley for "Blue Haven" from the United States, Karin
Westerlund for "Helgoland" from denmark and Frederic Pelle for "Pieces of My Wife" from France. $23,000 was distributed in total for the Festival
winners, with a complete report from Colorado being published today in
The jury of critic David D'Arcy, Sundance Channel's Liz Manne and producer John Pierson also presented the following awards:
James Cunningham's "Infection" (animated), David Kartch's "Zen and the Art of Landscaping" (comedy), China Ahlander's "Close to the Soil" (documentary), Katerina Filotou's "Listen" (drama) Daniel Wiroth "Erè Mèla Mèla" (experimental) and Cate Shortland's "Joy" (student).
Other awards included prizes to Guy Maddin's "The Heart of the World" (best cinematography), Jay Rosenblatt's "Nine Lives (The Eternal Moment of Now)" (best short short), Aditya Assarat's "Motorcycle" and Daniel Loflin's "Delusions in Modern Primitivism" (special jury prize), and Florian
Gallenberger's "I Want to Be" (Horizon Award).
The audience favorites were Solvi Lindseth's "80 Degrees East of Birdland"
from Norway and Florian Gallenberger's "I Want to Be" from Mexico. [Eugene
[A COMPLETE REPORT from Aspen Shortsfest is available today @ indieWIRE.com:
>> AMPAS Foundation Awards $400,000 to Cinema Programs
(indieWIRE/04.23.01) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences'
Academy Foundation has announced grants totaling $400,000 for 32 cinema
programs based at colleges and local communities. According to announcement
sent to indieWIRE last week, the grants committee "has chosen to support a
number of programs that focus on bringing together students and professional
Among the recipients are San Francisco's Film Arts Foundation, the Austin
Film Society, the Boston Film/Video Foundation, Cinestory in Chicago, Film/Video Arts in New York, the Foundation for Independent Video & Film in NYC, IFP West, and numerous universities, including UCLA, Columbia, NYU,
USC, North Carolina School of the Arts, AFI, Yale and the University of Arizona. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> indieWIRE DAILY NEWS FRIDAY: "Believer" Deal; "Vengo" Pact; Cannes Thoughts; Chicago Latino Fest; and OUTFEST Honorees
(indieWIRE/04.20.01) -- From Friday's edition of indieWIRE Daily News:
Showtime has nabbed the rights to the North American premiere of Ryan
Gosling's "The Believer," with Shooting Gallery in discussions for a
theatrical release to follow. Also today, Tony Gatliff's "Vengo" was nabbed
by Code Red, Anthony Kaufman weighs in with thoughts on the Cannes lineup,
Gabe Klinger reports from Chicago on the annual Latino fest and OUTFEST names two award winners.
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