DAILY NEWS: Regent's Queer Label; Edinburgh Seven and Berlinale Jurors
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Regent Announces New Queer Label, Here Films
(indieWIRE: 02.01.02) -- Regent Entertainment's Paul Colichman and Stephen Jarchow have announced the formation of Here Films, a new marketing and distribution label that will exclusively handle gay-themed movies.
The new outfit will include three divisions, according to an announcement:
Here Releasing, a theatrical, video and DVD distributor; Here International, the foreign sales and distribution outlet; and Here Network, a pay-per-view
and video-on-demand service.
Regent's track record includes a number of gay-themed titles, including
"Sixth Happiness," "Gods and Monsters," "Speedway Junky," and "Sordid Lives."
"After their successful theatrical release in the U.S., Gay films have
difficulty accessing ancillary markets and international distribution,"
commented Colichman in a prepared statement. "We have created a
fully-integrated approach, using our mainstream clout as one of the largest
suppliers of independent film." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Edinburgh Screens Seven in "Early Spring"
(indieWIRE/02.01.02) -- A teaser of one of the U.K.'s biggest festivals will
take place in March with "Early Spring," a showcase of seven films screening
over seven nights. The series is a new program from the Edinburgh
International Film Festival.
"Early Spring" will tour three cities in the U.K. beginning at the Edinburgh
Filmhouse, it will then continue to Glasgow and finally London at the Curzon
Soho. The seven films screening in the country for the first time include
Ray Lawrence's psychological thriller, "Lantana"; romantic comedy "The Days Between" (In Den Tag Hinein) by Maria Speth; Norway's box-office hit,
"Elling" by Petter Naess; Jean-Pierre Denis' "Murderous Maids" (Les
Blessuers Assasienes); "Read My Lips" (Sur Mes Levres) by Jacques Audiard;
George Hickenlooper's "The Man From Elysian Fields" and "Baran" by Majid Majidi. [Brian Brooks]
>> Berlinale Unveils 2002 Fest Jurors
(indieWIRE: 02.01.02) -- Organizers of the upcoming Berlinale have unveiled
the lineup of jurors that will judge the annual competition, kicking off
next week in Germany.
Mira Nair ("Monsoon Wedding," "Salaam Bombay") will serve as this year's President of the Jury, and will be joined by former Variety publishing
director Peter Cowie, filmmaker Lucrecia Martel ("La Cineaga"), producer Claudie Ossard ("Amelie"), filmmaker Oskar Roehler ("No Place to Go"), LA Times critic Kenneth Turan, filmmaker Raoul Peck ("Lumumba"), actress Nicoletta Braschi ("Life is Beautiful"), cinematographer Declan Quinn ("Hysterical Blindness"), and Russian artist Renata Litvinova.
The Festival opens February 6th and runs through February 17th.