DAILY NEWS: Sloss' Transformation; DC Fest Plans; Paying for Online News
by Eugene Hernandez, Anthony Kaufman, and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Sloss's Cinetics, Consulting Firm Seeks Indie Film-Int'l Financing Pacts
(indieWIRE/04.03.01) -- Last week, Sloss Law, the New York law film headed up
by indie film attorney, producer's rep and executive producer John Sloss,
sent out cards to the film community with the announcement: "We're heading
west...," though only to West 25th street. They also announced the formation
of Cinetic (rhymes with kinetic) Media, "a consulting firm, specializing in
entertainment project finance and producer's representation." The new
division is a reconfiguring of Sloss Special Projects, and will be managed
by Micah Green for Sloss Law -- also announced last week was the elevation
of attorney Paul Brennan to partner at Sloss. While other Cinetic division
staffers include Matt Littin and Erin Heidenreich.
Contrary to a recent Variety piece that dubbed the division "a full-fledged
indie financing company," Micah Green told indieWIRE yesterday, "That's not
what we're doing. Cinetic Media is a consulting firm. Our agenda is to
represent financiers of films, as opposed to films, and guide them through
the American film market, finding them projects and partners."
Currently, Cinetic couldn't confirm any specific international relationships,
but it is planning to close deals at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival next
month. In a similar arrangement, Sloss's office recently brought together
companies like Clear Blue Sky ("The Luzhin Defense") and IFC Prods. ("Our Song") to finance Victor Nunez's latest film, "Coastlines." "We're going to do more and more of that for an expanded slate of consulting clients,"
explained Green. "It's the opposite model of producer repping: rather than
sign up a project and look for financing, we're going to deliver the
financing to the project."
John Sloss has executive produced numerous films, including "Boys Don't
Cry" and "Hamlet." At this year's Sundance Film Festival, the company
brokered distribution deals for top sellers such as "The Deep End," "Super
Troopers," "Raw Deal," and more recently "The Business of Strangers," and while unannounced as of yet, an imminent pact for Richard Linklater's
"Waking Life." [Anthony Kaufman]
>> International Fare and Subiela Top DC Film Festival
(indieWIRE/04.03.01) -- Celebrated Argentine director Eliseo Subiela will be
highlighted at the 15th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival
running April 17-29 in the capital city. Subiela, whose work includes "Las
Aventuras de Dios" (2000) and 1997's "Pequenos Milagros" is considered one
of the world's masters of cinema. Opening the thirteen day festival is
the Mexican/Spanish film, "Compassionate Sex" by Laura Mana at the Lisner Auditorium followed by an opening night gala in the Atrium of the World
Bank, hosted by local NBC anchor, Arch Campbell.
Included on the extensive roster for this year's event are over 100 features,
documentaries and shorts as well as film favorites from previous years. New
films will be screened from Argentina, the U.K., China, France, Germany,
India, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Poland, Sweden, Tunisia and Turkey along with
a 3-D version of the classic film, "House of Wax," (1953) by Andre De Toth.
Additional free programs include Filmfest DC for Kids. The complete listing
for that highlight as well as the complete festival catalog will be inserted
in The Washington Post on Friday (April 13th). [Brian Brooks]
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>> With Brill Merger, Inside.com is Latest Site Eyeing Paid Content
(indieWIRE/04.03.01) --Apparently the future of film and entertainment news and information online is no longer free for some sites. A trio of leading websites have eabandoned free content of late. Yesterday, Inside.com parent Powerful Media announced a merger with Brill Media, while both Variety.com and ScreenDaily.com have undergone significant changes.
Inside.com launched less than a year ago as a would-be competitor with the
traditional Hollywood trades, Variety and Hollywood Reporter. It quickly
gained awareness as it added editors and writers from other leading
publications. But yesterday, in announcing the deal, Brill Media Holdings
CEO Steven Brill declared, "This will be a traditional print business
selling quality content at premium prices." The Inside.com site is expected
to include some free content, but the company is set to charge for most of
its articles and services.
The move is consistent with last month's decision by Variety to charge for
all of its content. A site redesign resulted in the publication adopting a
subscriber-only service online. Meanwhile, ScreenDaily.com, the daily news
service version of Screen International, announced the suspendion of its
free service last week. A survey sent to readers over the weekend seems
aimed at restoring the news for paid subscribers only, even though the
site was recently updated with free news content. [Eugene Hernandez]