DAILY NEWS: Reacting to Dotcom Terms; Also, NYFF Closer, IFILM/Film Finders, and The Tao of Mike Schank
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> IN RESPONSE TO: How's Your Dotcom Treating You? (Continued)
I have been reading your Alan/Smithee dialogue with great interest, thank
you. I am the director/co-producer of two 17 minute shorts shot on DV.
While not winning major festivals like your featured filmmakers we have been
rejected from several. Curiously, those rejections are followed by offers
from various dot coms to submit our films to them. When I go to their
website and try to read the Terms of Agreement I am confronted with
convoluted legalsleeze. Some want a "irrevocable, world-wide, royalty-free
license" others demand to be "released from any and all claims, costs,
demands and liabilities of every kind whatsoever, known and unknown" etc.
I'll bet there are more people like us getting rejected and solicited to
give our films away than there are winners getting deals.
Perhaps indieWIRE would have the resources to hire an attorney to look at
the top ten or twenty dot com "agreements" and rate them for being the least
onerous to filmmakers. I'm sure such an article or series would be
appreciated by many of your readers. Thanks again for your terrific
coverage of the indie scene, it is our main source of info.
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>> BRIEFLY: New York Fest to Close With New Ang Lee Film
(indieWIRE/ 8.7.00) -- While the announcement of complete lineup is still about a week away, organizers of the New York Film Festival have confirmed that next month's event will close with Ang Lee's new film, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." The Film Society of Lincoln Center confirmed Friday that the movie, which stars Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeogh will screen on Monday, October 9th at 9 p.m. at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. The film will be released in December by Sony Pictures Classics.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is co-written by longtime Ang Lee
collaborator James Schamus of Good Machine. The 38th New York Film Festival will open on September 22, 2000 with a screening of Lars von Trier's latest,
"Dancer in the Dark," a musical starring Bjork. [Eugene Hernandez]
[For more information about the New York Film Festival or the Film Society,
>> BRIEFLY: IFILM Confirms Film Finders Deal
(indieWIRE/ 8.7.00) -- On Friday, IFILM confirmed its deal to acquire the film tracking site, Film Finders. The pact adds the company to IFILM's roster of Hollywood resource acquisitions, including , The Hollywood Creative Directory, Lone Eagle Publishing, Scriptshark, and TVTracker.
"Over the last 12 years Film Finders has developed a remarkable reputation
for high quality information and exceptional customer service," commented
IFILM CEO Kevin Wendle in a prepared statement. "Sydney (Levine) and Peter (Belsito) have forged important relationships throughout the international film community and we look forward to serving their clients with a variety
of new products." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> BRIEFLY: Mike Schank, Body Double?
(indieWIRE/ 8.7.00) -- Take a close look at the movie poster for "The Tao of Steve," the Goodman sister's feature film, a Sundance fav that opened over the weekend. Does the one-sheet look familiar? Look closely at the picture of star, Donal Logue.
Sony Pictures Classics, the movie's distributor, didn't have to go too far to find the right image of Logue. Upon closer inspection it is clearly the same image used to sell last year's documentary, "American Movie." The head is clearly Logue's, but the body is that of Mike Schank, best friend of Mark Borchardt, subject of the acclaimed doc. Sony and its one-sheet designer widened Schank's torso, wiped out some jewelry and simply added Logue's head over Schank's.
Reached Friday, Sony Classics co-president Tom Bernard was more than willing to email us a copy of the poster for a closer inspection. Apparently it is not the first time that the distributor has used a familiar body for a movie poster. Remember the poster for Errol Morris' "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control?" October Films co-founder Bingham Ray stood in for an image on that one-sheet.
Meanwhile, Mike Schank was unavailable for comment, while he may not have a career as a body double, he is currently in New Jersey, acting in the new Todd Solondz film. [Eugene Hernandez]