DAILY NEWS: Palm Springs Fest Announces Lineup; Sundance Channel International
New York Bound; Milestone Celebration
by Maya Churi
>> The Nortel Networks Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces line-up
(indieWIRE/1.7.2000) -- Over 180 films representing 40 different countries
will participate in this years Palm Springs International Film Festival
beginning on January 13th and continuing through January 24th. This years
festival will host more that 12 world premieres and over 45 U.S. premieres.
Kicking off the festival's opening night will be Arthur Seidlman's "Walking
Across Egypt," which tells the story of a 72 year old woman whose family
attempts to make her old. The film stars Ellen Burstyn. The closing night
film will be Richard Attenborough's "Grey Owl," about a 1930's frontier
trapper who "adopted the ways of the wild and found love among it's people."
The festival will also feature an entire weekend dedicated to the celebration
of cinematography in a program entitled "Cinematographer's Day 2000." The
event will host a series of discussions that explore concepts of cinematic
language and visual metaphors. Conference attendees include Owen Roizman,
Maggie Weston, John Bailey, Morten Skallerud and Anthony Dod Mantle among
others. In additional to special screenings and events the festival will
present 30 official Foreign Language Academy Award entries, a series of
Gala Presentations, and many, many new films. Filmmakers attending this
year's fest include Spain's Pedro Almodovar, Argentina's Hector Babenco and
China's Zhang Yimou.
[For more information about the Palm Springs International Film Festival
visit their web site at http://www.psfilmfest.org/]
>> Sundance Channel International Moves to New York.
(indieWIRE/1.7.2000) -- Sundance Channel announced today that they have shut
down their London offices and will make New York City the company's
international headquarters. According to a prepared statement, New York
based Paola Freccero, Vice President, International has assumed all of the
international development responsibilities which were once held by Tony
Watts of PFE London, who has left to pursue other interests. The change
comes as Sundance Channel continues to expand its market into Latin
America, where it is now available in 18 countries including Mexico,
Argentina, Venezuela, Columbia and Chile. Recently the channel launched in
New Zealand where they have a partnership with South Pacific Pictures and
Rialto Films. The Channel, distributed via digital satellite will feature
American and world independent cinema, news and interviews with filmmakers.
[For more information on the Sundance Channel visit their web site at
>> Milestone Film & Video announces classic film releases for 2000 and a
10th anniversary tour.
(indieWIRE/1.7.2000) -- Independent film distributor Milestone Film & Video
will re-release some of their most famous films as part of a 10th anniversary
celebratory retrospective. The retrospective will feature such films as Mikhail
Kalatozov's "I Am Cuba" and Takeshi Kitano's "Fireworks." The series will
tour the United States in the fall and winter of 2000-2001, beginning at
the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Revenues earned by
Milestone from these films will be donated to five major archives in the US
and England to help restore worn out prints and negatives.
Milestone has also announced their line-up for 2000 which will include
several classic films that have been virtually unavailable for years and
one that has never been released theatrically in the U.S. The films will be
presented by an impressive roster of celebrities and filmmakers. These
films include "La Grande Strada Azzurra" ("The Wide Blue Road"- 1957) -
directed by Gillo Pontecorvo the film tells the operatic story of a poor
Italian fisherman and his struggle to feed his family (co-presented by
Jonathan Demme and Dustin Hoffman). "The Edge of The World" (1937) - directed by Michael Powell ("The Red Shoes"), this film has been
unavailable for 50 years, a new print will screen on January 14th at The
Film Forum. Martin Scorsese, a longtime fan of Powell's will present the
film. "The Sorrow and the Pity" (1972) - one of the greatest documentaries
about the Nazi occupation of Germany will be presented by Woody Allen, who
paid homage to the film in "Annie Hall." And "Chac" (1976) - directed by
Rolando Klein this film was shot in a Chiapas village in Mexico and has
been completely lost to history.