By Indiewire | Indiewire April 14, 2000 at 2:00AM
DAILY NEWS: Showtime Online Fest; AntEye $$; Phila Fest Announces Line-up; Congratulations New Parents
By Eugene Hernandez & Maya Churi/indieWIRE
>> Showtime Launching Online Entertainment Fest
(indieWIRE/4.14.00) -- Showtime Networks is unveiling an new online
entertainment destination, dubbed alt.SHO.com, which is set to launch
this Spring via an online film festival comprised of user-generated
"alt.SHO.com is about spotlighting the work of digital media creative
talent who are using Web-appropriate technology to create exciting and
innovative entertainment," explained Showtime Digital Media Group Sr. VP
Gene Falk. "alt.SHO.com isn't another online film festival. We're looking
for the kind of unique content that's the best fit for today's bandwidth
and delivery technology. alt.SHO.com will demonstrate what can be
accomplished when the worlds of technology and media collide. And who
knows, the best submissions may even find a place on our traditional
SHOWTIME broadcast networks."
Showtime indicated that it will judge featured submissions and host an
awards gala later in the year. [Eugene Hernandez]
[For more information, visit: http://www.alt.SHO.com.]
>> Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema Announces Line-up
(indieWIRE/4.14.00) -- The Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema has
announced the line-up for it's ninth annual event. The Festival, which
will be held April 27 through May 7, prides itself on featuring
artistically innovative feature films, documentaries, shorts, and
issue-oriented programs with a global focus. This regional event will
feature approximately 100 films from around the world in 11 days and
encompasses not only screenings but seminars, exhibitions, a
screenplay competition, multi-media works and a streaming cinema program.
The fest will open with a screening of Alison Maclean's "Jesus' Son,"
starring Billy Crudup, Samantha Morton, Holly Hunter and Dennis Hopper.
The director, writers, and actor Crudup will attend the opening night
event. The opening night will also include the presentation of the
winners of the annual "Set in Philadelphia" Screenwriting Competition.
Their newest program, Streaming Cinema, is an effort to meld traditional
artistry with the very latest technology. This landmark program, created
in collaboration with The Bit Screen, will showcase a selection of film,
animation and multimedia works created specifically for the Internet.
Both the program and the panel will also be streamed online on
The Bit Screen website.
Also being presented this year is a series of 4 programs featuring
16 works by regional film and video makers, curated by Robert Hawk.
Among the highlights are "Diary of a City Priest," directed by Eugene
Martin and starring David Morse.
Some of the other films being featured in this years fest are
"Suzhou River," "The Charcoal People," "Journey to the Sun,"
"The Opportunists," "Crane World," "Juan, I Forgot I Don't Remember,"
"Legacy," and "George Washington." [Maya Churi]
[Additional information on the festival can be accessed at
>> AntEye Announces Funding from MP3.com
(indieWIRE/4.14.00) -- Recently launched entertainment site AntEye.com
has announced a $4 million round of financing from two companies.
Notably, the site has secured backing from MP3.com, the leading online
"With MP3.com as a strategic investor in AntEye we have the opportunity
to explore several cross promotional ideas. We believe the convergence
of AntEye's filmmakers and musicians encoding their music in the MP3
format is going to spawn new creative unions all over the globe,"
said Matti Leshem, AntEye.com CEO, in a prepared statement.
>> Its a Girl and its a Boy! Congratulations!
indieWIRE offers its congratulations to two couples in the indie
community who have just welcomed new additions to their families.
Producer Christine Vachon and Marlene McCarty recently adopted 9-month
old girl Guthrie Vachon. Meanwhile, earlier this week RES Magazine & RESFEST
co-founder Jonathan Wells and his wife Meg welcomed the birth of their son Griffin Grey Wells.
Congratulations to the proud parents!