DAILY NEWS: DAILY NEWS: New Directors Lineup; Nibblebox News; Offline Films
by Eugene Hernandez, Anthony Kaufman and Maud Kersnowski/indieWIRE
>>New Directors/New Films Set with 17 U.S. Premieres for 2001 Event
(indieWIRE/02.26.01) -- Programmers at New York's Film Society of Lincoln
Center and The Department of Film and Video at the Museum of Modern Art have unveiled the lineup for the 39th New Directors/New Films Series.
The prestigious program of new work by emerging filmmakers will run
March 23 - April 8, 2001 at MoMA in Manhattan.
The event will open with two features: Jonathan Parker's American film,
"Bartleby," a retelling of the Herman Melville story, featuring Crispin
Glover, David Paymer, Glenne Headly, Joe Piscopo and Maury Chaykin, as well as Dalibor Matanic's Croatian entry, "The Cashier Wants To Go To The Seashore." Itamar Kubovy's "Upheaval" and Marion Lee's "Salty" are the two shorts set to open the programs.
Thirty films will screen from 18 countries during the event, with 17
having their U.S. premiere. Among the filmmakers set to unveil new works
at the festival are DeMane Davis & Khari Streeter, Bob Giraldi, Lech J.
Majewski, and Michael Cuesta. Eight directors are making their feature-
This year's lineup was chosen by Joanne Koch, Marian Masone, and Richard Pena from the Film Society and Mary Lea Bandy, Jytte Jensen, and Laurence Kardish from MoMA.
THE COMPLETE LINEUP is available now @ indieWIRE.com:
>> Nibblebox Unveils Second Season of Online Series
(indieWIRE/02.26.01) -- Nibblebox, an entertainment site that started
recruiting audiences from campuses last fall, has released their second
semester of episodic shorts. The website, with affiliates on over 150
colleges from Amherst to UCLA, screens films created by students and
recent grads. Forty-eight college radio stations are also streamed on
Instead of narrowing their bandwidth, as many entertainment sites are
doing in response to the realization that most homes do not have
broadband, Nibblebox followed bandwidth. "The most wired audiences are
on college campuses and the best demo[graphic] is 18-24," David Bartis,
Nibblebox co-CEO told indieWIRE. "Most of our traffic is dot-edu."
A generation ago tech giants like Apple and IBM targeted the desirable
student demographic to spread the seeds of technology. Fifteen years later,
Nibblebox cross pollinated this marketing strategy with the ideas behind
good old fashion college radio that brings content by students to students.
"When I went to college I had a typewriter..." quipped Bartis, who founded
Nibblebox with Brown College classmates Doug Liman ("Go," "Swingers") and Internet entrepreneur Elizabeth Hamburg. "We wanted to please that 18-24 demo and grow out from there."
To give student filmmakers some special attention Nibblebox established a
mentoring program with an impressive list of participants ranging from Wim
Wenders ("Buena Vista Social Club") to Jay Chandrasekhar ("Super Troopers"), who mentored USC's Rob Kerkovich and Nick Howard during the creation of "Virtual Rob." Newly prepared Nibbles include "Bitches" by Padraic Culham, JT Bock, Patrick Connelly (Montana State University) and mentored by Joe Dante ("Gremlins"); "Ex-Tree" by Larna MacHutchin (Northwestern University);
"Big Bunny" by Amy Winfrey (UCLA Graduate School) and mentored by Arielle Tepper ("Freak"). And Chris Morgan is making his parents and Boston University proud with his weekly fantasies in "Subconscious Masturbation Connection."
This weekend brought Nibblers from all over the country to Columbia
University in New York for NibbleFest 2001. The web site also recently
teamed up with HBO in a search of the funniest college student in America.
Five finalist will be performing at the U.S Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen,