DAILY NEWS: NYUFF Winner Picked Up; 6th Avignon/New York Film Festival Castle Hill To Release "Girlfriends" in Fla.
By Eugene Hernandez and Maya Churi/indieWIRE
>>NYUFF Winner, "Bookwars," Acquired by Avatar
(indieWIRE/3.15.2000) -- Avatar Films will release Jason Rosette's
"Bookwars" domestically, on the heels of the film's award for top documentary
at the 2000 New York Underground Film Festival. The movie, a doc about New
York City street book vendors, will open in Manhattan on June 2nd at Cinema
Village. Following the NYC run, the film will hit other cities on a platform
Avatar Films is a boutique distributor and international sales company that
intends to release one movie each season, according to a company statement.
"Avatar Films plans to introduce world-class films that cater to particular
niches overlooked by bigger distributors," explained Avatar President Robin
Lim, "We plan to work hand-in-hand with filmmakers to ensure their films
reach their audience using the most creative approaches possible."
>>Castle Hill to Release "Girlfriends" in Florida
(indieWIRE/3.15.2000) -- Paul Lazarus' "Seven Girlfriends" will be
distributed by Castle Hill next month in Florida. According to a company
announcement, Castle Hill will release the movie in 25 Florida theaters.
The film, which features Tim Daly, Laura Leighton, Mimi Rogers, Elizabeth
Pena and Olivia D'Abo, premiered at the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival.
Castle Hill intends to widen the release this summer.
"'Seven Girlfriends' is the most commercial film Castle Hill has acquired in
several years," commented Castle Hill President Mel Maron in a prepared
statement, "We look forward to its initial Florida release in April and to
opening it wider in early June." [Eugene Hernandez]
>>The 6th Avignon/New York Film Festival announces lineup
(indieWIRE/3.15.2000) -- The 6th Avignon/New York Film Festival announced
it's lineup of 40 French and American independent features that will
participate in this year's fest. The seven day event which runs from
April 24-30 at the French Institute in New York City, will be host to
premieres, retrospectives, seminars and parties. Of the 14 films
competing for the fest's top prize, 9 are U.S. films and 5 are French.
All US films are New York premieres and all French films are US premieres.
The line-up includes from the US:
"Family Tree" by Duane Clark, starring Cliff Robertson and Naomi Judd
"The Young Girl and the Monsoon" by James Ryan
"The Citizen" by Jay Anania
"Camera Obscura" by Hamlet Sarkissian
"30 Days" by Aaron Harnick (who recently starred in "Judy Berlin")
"Snow Days" by the Marcus Brothers
"Blue Moon" by John Gallagher
"The Last Man" by Harry Ralston
And from France:
"Our Happy Lives" by Jacques Maillot
"Long Live Us!" by Camille de Casablanca
"Delinquent Delinquents" by Serge Meynard
"Furia" by Alexandre Ajaa
"Salsa" by Joyce Sherman Bunuel
For more information on The 6th Avignon/New York Film Festival visit
their website at http://www.avignonfilmfest.com