DAILY NEWS: "Northfork" Deal; LA Film Fest Short Prizes, Philly Queer Fest Lineup, and Manchester's First Film Fest
by Eugene Hernandez, Brian Brooks and David Lieberman/indieWIRE
>> Polish Brothers Picture Lands at Paramount Classics
(indieWIRE: 06.28.02) -- "Northfork," the new movie from filmmaking
twins Mark and Michael Polish, has been acquired by Paramount Classics, according to today's Hollywood Reporter. Shot in Montana earlier this year, the film features a cast that includes James Woods, Daryl Hannah,
Kyle MacLachlan, Nick Nolte and Claire Forlani. It was co-written and co-produced by the Polish brothers and directed by Michael Polish.
"Northfork" commanded a nearly $3 million price tag, according to The
Hollywood Reporter, which also said that Mark and Michael Polish
financed the $2 million movie themselves.
The picture is the third feature from Mark and Michael Polish,
following "Twin Falls Idaho" and "Jackpot." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> ON THE SCENE: LA Film Fest Honors Four Short Films
(indieWIRE: 06.28.02) -- Short films were in the spotlight last night at
the Los Angeles Film Festival as the event presented the 2nd Annual SKYY
Vodka Short Film Awards during an event at the Pacific Design Center in
West Hollywood. Four films were singled out from the 39 short films
screening at this year's LA Film Fest.
Last night's program, hosted by actor Kevin Pollak, honored Melissa Regan's "No Dumb Questions" (audience award/best short), Gerald Hustache-Mathieu's "Cowhide" (best fiction), Dan Blank's "Shadow Play" (best animation), and Gustavo Salmeron's "Salad Days" (best cocktail moment). Actors Joe Pantoliano, Laura Herring and Dominique Swain were among the celebs on hand to present the prizes, which include $5,000 cash and a slot on Sundance Channel.
Also sharing the stage last night was actor turned short filmmaker James
Woods, who was honored with the SKYY Spirits Tribute. Woods also unveiled
his SKYY commissioned short, "Falling in Love In Pongo Ponga." Filmmakers
Mark and Michael Polish, who directed Woods in their new film "Northfork"
(recently acquired by Paramount Classics), presented the award to the
After the program, guests made there way to a soiree flowing with what else
but SKYY Vodka. [Eugene Hernandez in Los Angeles]
>> Britney Spoof Kicks Off Longest, Largest Philadelphia Gay Fest
(indieWIRE: 06.28.02) -- The Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film
Festival will boast its longest and largest event this year. Over the course
of 13 days, from July 11-23, the fest will screen 55 features, 15
documentaries, and 104 shorts from 25 countries. The festival, the
third-largest gay fest in the U.S. Behind San Francisco and Los Angeles,
will open with the parody "Britney Baby, One More Time" featuring Britney
Spears impersonator Angel Benton. Other highlights will include such gay
festival favorites as "Lan Yu," "The Cockettes," as well as six world
premieres including "The Last Year," "My Wife Maurice," "Future Sex," and the suggestively named "The Experience Box." Gay-porn impresario Chi Chi LaRue will be on hand (along with famed adult film actors such as Blake
Harper, Chad Hunt, and Matt Summers) to present the world premiere of his "Master Class."
The festival will honor Jennifer Tilly and Udo Kier with artistic
achievement awards. In recognition of Tilly's career, the festival will
screen several of her greatest films: "The Bride of Chucky", the camp horror
classic; the indie ensemble comedy "Relax . . . It's Just Sex"; Woody
Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" for which she received an Academy Award nomination; and "Bound," the lesbian crime caper that has emerged as a
favorite amongst 13-year-old boys for its titillating and explicit love scenes.
Two films featuring Udo Kier will also be shown: the 3-D gorefest "Flesh for
Frankenstein," and "All the Queen's Men" which pioneers a new genre: a
Holocaust-drag-action-comedy also starring Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Izzard. The festival will close on July 23 with a screening of "The Trip," a gay
romance. [David Lieberman]
[For more information, go to www.phillyfests.com].
>> Manchester Kicks off Inaugural Event
(indieWIRE: 06.28.02) -- The Manchester (Vermont) Film Festival kicked off
its inaugural event yesterday with Xin Yee's "Dazzling," which strings
together a series of love stories that take place within 12 hours. Other
highlights planned for the MFF include a women in film panel, a Native
American film program, a digital cinema focus, and several how-to seminars
presented in conjunction with the U.K.'s Raindance. The festival will also
present the IMAX film, "Kilimanjaro: to the Roof of Africa," which follows
the journey of five people up the mountain traveling through a landscape
that spans five climate zones. "Kilimanjaro" director and cinematographer
David Breshears will talk after screenings of the film.
Doron Eran's "God's Sandbox" will close the event Sunday. The film focuses
on a mother who arrives at a beach in the Sinai Desert in search of her
runaway daughter. Notables in Southern Vermont for the fest include Burt
Reynolds, recipient of the Dean F. Johnson legend of film award, and Abel
Ferrara, who will participate in a forum with Larry Fessenden ("Wendigo"). [Brian Brooks]
[For more information, go to: http://www.manchesterfilmfest.com]