DAILY NEWS: New Girl Doc; and an NYC Music Doc Fest
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> New Kartemquin Doc In The Spotlight
(indieWIRE/08.16.01) -- A new documentary from Kartemquin Films, producers
of the famed "Hoop Dreams," is hitting theaters over the next few weeks in
advance of its debut on PBS' P.O.V. series. The film, directed by Maria
Finitzo will screen in New York City tonight, following a Chicago premiere earlier
this week. It follows girls from five Chicago high schools through a portion of their
teenage years, tackling subjects from love, poverty, immigration and even hairstyles.
Explaining that the project grew out of her idea for a series aimed at
teenaged girls, Finitzo told indieWIRE yesterday, "There are a lot of movies
with girl characters, but I think those are limited -- they certainly were
limited when I started this project."
Taped on betacam, with some mini-DV footage as well, the movie was filmed
over three years with a three-person crew, according to Finitzo. An
associate at Kartemquin, the filmmaker has taken the film to The Taos
Talking Pictures Festival and a number of other screenings are in the works,
including showings in Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston and most likely
Los Angeles. The movie is scheduled to debut on P.O.V. on October 2nd.
"It is about how girls succeed," Finitzo concluded, "Strong women come from
some place, they come from strong girls." [Eugene Hernandez]
[For more information regarding tonight's Film Society of Lincoln Center/IFP
Independents Night screening, please call 212/875-5600.]
>> Two Boots Kicks Off "Stop, Look & Listen"
(indieWIRE/ 08.16.01) -- Two Boots, the tasty New York pizza chain, has
unveiled plans for its 1st Annual Music & Film Festival which it will
present in conjunction with HiQi Media. The event, "Stop, Look & Listen!"
will take place at The Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in addition to other
venues in NYC. It will showcase features, shorts, videos and events
celebrating music and related programming, such as retrospectives and
live music. Opening night's event is the U.S. premiere of Czech director
Jana Chytilova's "Plastic People of the Universe," which features Vaclav
Havel, Lou Reed and Gary Lucas, described in a press release as, "a
testament to the power of music to incite revolution."
During the two-week fest that runs Friday September 14 through Thursday,
September 27, a special evening tribute is planned for former Ramones
frontman Joey Ramone, with a screening of "Rock 'n Roll High School."
HiQi Media will also present cutting edge films during the festival
including two Minnesota metal docs, "Driver 23" and the world premiere
of the sequel, "Atlas Moth." Closing night will feature the New York
premiere of "Won't Anybody Listen," a documentary about the challenges
faced by the rock band, NC-17 as it vied for the big time. "Stop,
Look & Listen" will coincide with the first three days of the CMJ Music
Marathon 2001 also taking place in New York City. [Brian Brooks]