DAILY NEWS: Outfest Winners; Sundance Channel Takes Top Music Docs
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>> Outfest 2000 Unveils Award Winners
(indieWIRE/7.18.00) -- Outfest, Los Angeles' Gay and Lesbian Film Festival,
presented its "Outie awards" honoring the Festival's top movies. The
ceremony at the 18th annual event preceded Sunday night's screening of Jamie
Babbit's "But I'm a Cheerleader."
"Big Eden," the debut feature film by Thomas Bezucha, won two Outies,
including the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Feature and a Grand
Jury Prize for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film (Eric Schweig). Jon
Shear's "Urbania" took the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding American
Narrative Feature and Foreign Narrative Feature prize went to Francois
Ozon's "Criminal Lovers."
In the documentary categories, "Our House: A Very Real Documentary About
Kids of Gay and Lesbian Parents" won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding
Documentary Feature, while Laurie Collyer's "Nuyorican Dream" won the
Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature.
Ben Berkowitz and Benjamin Redgrave won the award for Oustanding
Screenwriting, for "Straightman," while actress Lauren Ambrose won the Outstanding Actress Award for her roles in "Psycho Beach Party" and "Swimming."
Frank Mesvold's "Home for Christmas" won the Audience Award for Narrative Short and Christine J. Russo's "Straight Down the Aisle" received the audience prize for documentary short.
>> Sundance Channel Signs Acclaimed Music Docs
(indieWIRE/7.18.00) -- As part of September's "Sonic Cinema," Sundance Channel has acquired a handful of top music-themed docs -- two world premieres and two others that are fresh from recent Festival screenings and limited theatrical releases.
Debuting are Jem Cohen's decade-long look at Fugazi, "Instrument" and Gigi Gaston's portrait of Sophie B. Hawkins, entitled "The Cream Will Rise." While Grant Gee's Radiohead tour film, "Meeting People is Easy" and Jon Reiss' rave doc, "Better Living Through Circuitry" will also screen as part of the September showcase.
Jem Cohen's Fugazi doc showcases a nearly ten year collaboration between the
filmmaker and the Washingon D.C. band, while Gigi Gaston's doc explores the
tour and career of hit performer, Hawkins.
Grant Gee's Radiohead film, shot with digital video cameras, gave viewers a
voyeuristic, off-stage view of the acclaimed rock group and Reiss'
"Circuitry," which flourished on the RES Fest tour before a Seventh Art
release, takes viewers into the heart of the rave music and club experiences
around the world.
Jem Cohen is currently releasing, with Cowboy Booking, his latest doc,
"Benjamin Smoke," a portrait of an acclaimed Georgia musician and performer.