DAILY NEWS: Outrider Deal; RESFET Winners
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Outrider Set to Unveil "American Adobo"
(indieWIRE/11.12.01) -- "American Adobo," a new film directed by Laurice
Guillen and written & produced by distribution exec Vincent Nebrida, has
been acquired by Outrider Pictures and will be released theatrically early
Described in a prepared statement as "a comedy about five Filipino-American
friends, their life choices and their destinies," the movie will open in the
Philippines on January 16, 2002 and one-week later in New York, San
Francisco and Los Angeles. The film had its US Premiere in September at the
San Diego Asian Film Festival. Among the movie's executive producers is
Kevin Foxe, an executive producer of "The Blair Witch Project."
Nebrida's career as an executive took him to Fine Line, Cinecom and
Stratosphere. "After working behind the scenes for so many years
distributing other people's films, it's a tremendous feeling of achievement
to complete and see my own work up on the screen. There are so many fine
films produced in the Philippines that never get an opportunity to be viewed
by American audiences. I'm thrilled 'American Adobo' will have that
chance," commented Nebrida, a Philippine cinema historian, in a prepared
Outtrider, launched at Sundance this year as SearchParty Films, was formed
by Larry Estes and Scott Rosenfelt. Richard Abramowitz is on board
overseeing the company's marketing and distribution. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> RESFEST Closes Out its 5th Gig in America
(indieWIRE/11.12.01) -- The American segment of RESFEST 2001 closed at the
end of last month at Hollywood's historic Egyptian Theatre. The 5th annual
event, which has become known for its short films and music videos, awarded
first-timer Ajay Sahgal the Best Short Film Audience Award for "It's a Shame
About Ray" and "Ya Mama," by the Swedish collective Ole and Tim, took the Audience Choice Award for their video that has been banned from MTV.
This year, RESFEST launched its "The Best of RESFEST: Volume 1," a collection
of 16 shorts from past events including favorites like "Tongues & Taxis" by
Michael Overbeck and "Snack & Drink" by Bob Sabiston. RESFEST
will continue overseas stopping in in Cape Town, South Africa, Tokyo and
Osaka, Japan as well as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.