DAILY NEWS: P.O.V. Summer Doc Lineup; Weekly Box Office; New York Queer Fest Plans and LA Film Fest Special Screenings
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> P.O.V. Sets Slate for 15th Anniversary Season
(indieWIRE: 05.21.02) -- PBS' annual summer doc showcase, P.O.V., has
announced the lineup for its 2002 series, the program's 15th anniversary.
P.O.V. will kick-off on June 25 with Tasha Oldham's "The Smith Family," the
story of a family in Salt Lake City dealing with a father's secret life and
the impact it has on his wife. P.O.V. runs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on public
television, through August 27.
Among the other documentaries screening on P.O.V. this year are Bryan Gunnar
Cole's "Boomtown" (July 2), Monteith McCollum's award-winning "Hybrid" (July 9), David E. Simpson, J.J. Hanley, and Gordon Quinn's "Refrigerator Mothers" (July 16), "Fenceline: A Company Town Divided" (July 23), Leah Mahan's "Sweet Old Song" (July 30), Marlo Poras' "Mai's America" (August 6), Aaron Matthew's "My American Girls: A Dominican Story" (August 13), Lourdes Portillo's "Senorita Extraviada" (August 20), and Hannah Weyer's "Escuela"
Among the special P.O.V. screenings this year are Whitney Dow and Marco
Williams' "Two Towns of Jasper," Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer's "Brother Outsider: The Bayard Rustin Story," and finally the internationally
produced "Afghanistan Year 1380."
"Even with new cable outlets and increased attention to documentary as a
form, P.O.V. is more important than ever as a filmmaker's venue dedicated
not to ratings and advertisers, but to audiences and ideas," commented
series executive producer Cara Mertes in a prepared statement. [Eugene
>> "Late Marriage" Strong In Opening Weekend
(indieWIRE: 05.21.02) -- Counter-programming against the nearly $90 million
opening weekend of "Star Wars: Episode 2," Magnolia Pictures had something to celebrate with its limited release of Dover Kosashvili's "Late Marriage" this weekend. The movie earned $31,685 on only two NYC screens in its first outing. The film, a premiere at Cannes last year, was especially strong at
the Lincoln Plaza uptown where sell-out screenings forced staffers to move
the picture into a larger house. It was also popular at downtown Manhattan's
Fireworks/IDP opened Henry Bean's "The Believer" in two cities this weekend. The Sundance 2001 Grand Jury Prize winner debuted in two screens on each coast, after a recent premiere on Showtime. The picture, starring Ryan
Gosling in his first lead role, earned a fair $26,263 (or $6,566 per screen)
after garnering mixed reviews among critics.
IFC Films remained a major specialty force of good at the box office this
weekend. Its release of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," now in its fifth week,
earned another $1 million on 275 screens. The film will cross the $6 million
mark this week. IFC's "Y Tu Mama Tambien" passed the $10 million mark
over the weekend, earning nearly $600,000 for a 10-week total of
Meanwhile, Cowboy Pictures opened "Harvard Man" on a single screen, earning $8,425 in weekend number one. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> New Festival Gets "Notorious" for its 14th Annual Event
(indieWIRE: 05.21.02) -- June is around the corner and so is the full slate
of gay and lesbian film festivals around the country -- including the 14th
New Festival in New York. Fest director Basil Tsiokos has revealed the opening night film on June 6 will be the world premiere of "Notorious C.H.O."
featuring gay icon Margaret Cho in her comedy tour of the same name.