DAILY NEWS: Soderbergh Anniversary; Remaking Oscar in L.A.; Editing Awards and InDigEnt Deal
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> New Soderbergh Film Moved to August; Miramax to Mark "sex, lies" Anniversary
(indieWIRE/02.28.02) -- Miramax will mark the 13th anniversary of the
symbolic start of the modern American independent film movement with the
release of Steven Soderbergh's latest film, "Full Frontal." The picture is
moving from what had been previously scheduled as a March release to August
2nd, the thirteenth anniversary of the debut of Soderbergh's "sex, lies and
"We were set to come out in March and then Miramax came to me with the idea
of an anniversary opening, which I found pretty appealing," Soderbergh said
in a statement yesterday. "This is in large part because, if I were to make
'sex, lies, and videotape' today, 'Full Frontal' is very much the form it would take."
Commenting on the movie last summer and referring to his past work, Steven
Soderbergh told indieWIRE that the movie, ""will combine the energy of
"Schizopolis" with the narrative coherence of "sex, lies."
Set in Los Angeles, the film is described by Miramax as "the story of seven
people with very little in common who are about to come together in a way
they never expected." Continuing, the Miramax statement added, "Like 'Day
For Night,' this is a movie about movies for people who love movies." It
stars David Duchovny, Nicky Katt, Catherine Keener, Mary McCormack, David Hyde Pierce, Julia Roberts and Blair Underwood.
In a statement last year, Soderbergh described the picture as "a sex comedy"
and "the unofficial sequel to 'sex, lies and videotape.'" Production on the
film, originally titled, "How to Survive a Hotel Room Fire," began on
November 6th of last year. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Guerrilla Girls and Alice Locas Offer "Anatomically Correct Oscar"
(indieWIRE/02.28.02) -- Just in time for Oscar season, and never shy to
expose what they view as the rampant discrimination practices in
Hollywood, the Guerrilla Girls and Alice Locas will unveil a billboard
tomorrow at the intersection of Melrose Ave. and Highland in Los Angeles
depicting, "The Anatomically Correct Oscar."
"We redesigned the old boy so he more closely resembles the white
males who take him home each year" the groups said in an announcement.
The billboard, on view for the month of March, offers a few statistics
next to a chubby white man with hands covering his genitalia. Among the
lines are: "Best Director has never been awarded to a woman"; "94% of
the Writing awards have gone to men" and "Only 3% of the Acting awards
have gone to people of color."
Established in 1985, the Guerrilla Girls are a group of female artists,
writers, performers and filmmakers who fight discrimination. Organization
members on occasion use attention grabbing techniques during film events
to highlight their cause, typically wearing gorilla masks while providing
statistics they see as exclusionary.
Alice Locas describes itself as a "mysterious group of women
filmmakers." Last year, the Guerrilla Girls and Alice Locas showed up
in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival with a sticker campaign
reading calling the U.S. Senate more "progressive than Hollywood" with
numbers such as "Female Senators: 9%, Female directors: 4%."
>> Eddies Honor "Moulin Rouge" and "Black Hawk Down"
(indieWIRE: 02.28.02) -- The American Cinema Editors presented the 52nd
annual Eddie Awards this weekend in Los Angeles, with "Moulin Rouge" editor Jill Bilcock taking the prize for Best Edited Feature Film (comedy or
musical). Pietro Scalia nabbed the prize for Best Edited Feature Film
(dramatic) for his work on "Black Hawk Down."
Juliana Parroni won the Eddie for Best Edited Documentary for her work on
"New York: A Documentary Film" (Episode 7: The City and the World, 1945 -
2000). Erin Tippets of Chapman University won the Best Student Editor award.
>> InDigEnt Renews IFC Pact
(indieWIRE: 02.28.02) -- InDigEnt, the digital film initiative, has
announced the renewal of its pact with IFC, Variety reported yesterday. The pact calls for four more movies over the course of a year, according to the
Hollywood trade publication.
Variety indicated that the first picture will be "Pieces of April," to be
directed by Peter Hedges from his own screenplay. It will star Katie Holmes, Oliver Platt and Patricia Clarkson. [Eugene Hernandez]