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DAILY NEWS: O'Connor's Funding Docs; Aussie Production Company; Film Events Down Under

DAILY NEWS: O'Connor's Funding Docs; Aussie Production Company; Film Events Down Under



Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE, with a report from Filmnet


>> O'Connor's Solaris Funding New Doc; Also Finishing Kopple's "Generation"


(indieWIRE/4.18.00) -- Greg and Gavin O'Connor's indie production
company Solaris (best known for last year's feature, "Tumbleweeds"),
has announced that it is providing finishing funds for a new documentary.
The company's Solaris Completion Partners division is giving financing
to former Miramax Director of Production Stephen Earnhart for his film,
"Mule Skinner Blues."


In an announcement, the company described the movie as exploring "the
artistic aspirations of a group of individuals living in a trailer park
near Jacksonville, Florida." The announcement explained, "A hefty slice
of Americana, the film is a hilarious, but nevertheless touching testament
to the vitality and social integrity of an oft-neglected portion of our
population."


"We were immediately struck by [director] Stephen Earnhart's unique vision
and sensitivity toward his subjects," explained Greg O'Connor in a prepared
statement, "He's got an amazing knack for capturing the absurdities and
tenderness in human nature all in the same moment."


Solaris, which has a two-year first look pact with "Tumbleweeds" distributor
Fine Line Features, is also involved with Barbara Kopple's new documentary,
"My Generation," which screened as a work-in-progress at Sundance 2000
and will have its world premiere at the 2000 Venice Film Festival. Both
films are set to be completed this summer. [Eugene Hernandez]





>> Instinctive Filmmakers


(Filmnet/4.18.00) -- Melbourne based DND Productions has changed its
name to Instinct. INSTINCT is currently in production on "Till Human
Voices Wake Us
," starring Guy Pearce ("L.A. Confidential," "Rules of
Engagement
") and Helena Bonham Carter. INSTINCT has developed several US
set projects that would shoot in the US and Australia. The first,
"Cut Off," by writer/director Eric Manchester is to shoot in L.A. in
October with post-production in Melbourne. The second, "Love Prophets,"
is to be directed by Dean Murphy with Melbourne doubling for Boston.
Watch out for Dean's movie, "Muggers," which releases in May in
Australia. Great to see the "Muggers" team have a number of big
projects on the boil and doubtless many more on the way.
[Gawain McLachlan/Filmnet]





>> ASDA Catch Popcorn Taxi (Sydney)


(Filmnet/4.18.00) -- The Australian Screen Directors Association
(ASDA) and Popcorn Taxi will join forces to present films and cultural
events to Sydney audiences. On top of ASDA promoting the weekly
Popcorn Taxis screenings, the two organizations plan to co-host a number
of bi-monthly special "high-profile" events combining film screenings and
filmmaker interviews. Popcorn Taxi, the thriving independent film event
held weekly at the Valhalla cinema in Glebe, will assist ASDA in the
promotion and management of these special events which will be of great
importance and interest to the independent film community.
Hopefully Melburnians and residents of other capital cities will
eventually have regular filmmaking nights to attend some day.
[Gawain McLachlan/Filmnet]

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