DAILY NEWS: Seventh Art Pix; NY Latino Fest; Lot 47 Deal; Australian Retransmissions
By Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE, with a report from Filmnet
>> Seventh Art Releasing Buys "Long Night's Journey Into Day," Also Nabs "Songs"
(indieWIRE/4.12.00) -- Seventh Art Releasing has acquired the rights to the
acclaimed Sundance award-winning documentary, "Long Night's Journey Into Day" and will also distribute a new rock doc.
Directed by Deborah Hoffman and Frances Reid, "Long Night's Journey" won the Grand Jury Prize in Park City this year. Company Exec VP Oren Bitan told
indieWIRE yesterday that building on the film's success at New York's Film
Forum, Seventh Art will release the movie in other cities throughout the
year gearing up for an Academy campaign throughout the fall. The movie will
open in San Francisco in July and Los Angeles later this year.
"Long Night's Journey Into Day" explores the story of South Africa's Truth
and Reconciliation Commission. In the Sundance catalog description,
programmer Shari Frilot explains, "'Long Night's Journey Into Day' is a
particularly inspiring portrait of a wounded society attempting to humanize
itself by taking seriously the importance of heart and conscience and
reaping the astonishing and redemptive benefits of telling the truth."
In other news, Bitan told indieWIRE yesterday that the company has also
acquired the rights to Justin Mitchell's "Songs for Cassavetes," a
documentary about the indie rock scene that had its world premiere at
last month's New York Underground Film Festival. Seventh Art will
release the movie this summer through special event screenings at
alternative venues. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> First NY Latino Fest to Open with "King of the Jungle"
(indieWIRE/4.12.00) -- The first New York International Latino Film Festival
(NYILFF) will open on May 31st with Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's "King of the Jungle," starring John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez. It was produced by Leguizamo, Robin O'Hara and Scott Macaulay. The festival runs through June 4th.
"We worked hard at coming up with a high caliber roster of films that not only
Latinos can be proud of, but that New Yorkers can be proud of as well,"
explained Festival Director Calixto Chinchilla in a prepared statement,
"Our films reflect the diversity of the city, both as Latinos and as New
Among the other films set to screen at the event are Susan Todd and Andrew
Young's "Americanos: Latino Life in the United States," Danny Hoch and Mark Benjamin's "Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop," Reggie Rock Bythewood's "Dancing in September," and Joe Cardona & Mario de Varona's "Water, Mud & Factories."
[Tickets for the festival will go on sale Monday, April 10th, for more
information, call 212/726-2358, or visit: http://www.nylatinofilm.com.]
>> Lot47 Acquires Livingston's "Hit & Runaway"
(indieWIRE/4.12.00) -- On the eve of the 2000 Los Angeles Independent Film
Festival, Chris Livingston's "Hit & Runaway," which was an award-winner at
the 1999 LAIFF, has been acquired by Lot 47 Films, company president Jeff
Lipsky announced yesterday.
In yesterday's announcement, Lipsky described it as "an 'odd couple'
comedy that pairs an ethical, gay, literary Jewish playwright with the
bruising, ingenuous, scion of an Italian restaurant-owning family who
partner out of necessity on the writing of an original screenplay for
a macho action superstar." It was written by Jaffe Cohen and Livingston
and produced by Andrew Charas, Chris D'Annibale, and Christopher
"Runaway" is the company's third acquisition in the past six weeks,
following their pacts for Aiyana Elliott's "The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack"
and Tonie Marshall's "Venus Beauty Institute." The film is set to be
released early next year. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Australian Directors Take Action Over Retransmissions
(Filmnet/4.12.00) -- The Australian Financial Review reports that top
directors such as Peter Weir and Scott Hicks have called on the Federal
Government to implement the recommendation of the House Of Representatives
Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee that directors be recognized
under the Copyright Amendment (Digital agenda) and be remunerated for
Pay TV retransmissions. Only producers, writers, composers, record
companies and visual artists will currently be remunerated. ASDA CEO
Richard Harris says that Australian directors will lose out otherwise as
they don't have the copyright protection that Europe provides or the US
system which gives director's residuals. Where would films be without
the directors? [Gawain McLachlan]