DAILY NEWS: Spirituality Doc, Queer Shorts and a Correction
with articles by Brian Brooks and Jacque Lynn Schiller/indieWIRE
>> New Doc Smells Like Teen Spirituality
(indieWIRE/04.17.02) -- Apparently kids have more on their mind than music,
Nintendo, and getting laid. In her latest documentary, "What Do You Believe?
Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers," director Sarah Feinbloom gives heed to the multifarious beliefs of today's young adults. Interviewing more than 200
teens with religious backgrounds ranging from Mormonism to Atheism, the film
"breaks down stereotypes, by giving people a chance to see teens in their
everyday lives, and by letting viewers connect with their humanity."
The premiere of the film will take place April 30 at the John
Hancock Hall in Boston. Feinbloom will also host a panel following the
Viewing, during which area teenagers can share their own perspectives.
"We live in the world's most religiously diverse country, and we need to
understand who lives next door," explained Feinbloom. "We need to start
learning about each other if we are really going to live up to the
principles of our Constitution." [Jacque Lynn Schiller]
[For more information visit www.whatdoyoubelieve.org.]
>> PlanetOut, HBO Name Finalists for the PlanetOut.com Short Movie Awards
(indieWIRE/04.17.02) -- PlanetOut named the finalists for the third annual
PlanetOut.com Short Movie Awards yesterday. The awards, presented by Home Box Office (HBO) in association with the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film
Festival, honor lesbian and gay short filmmaking with recognition in
addition to $7,500 in cash prizes presented by a celebrity jury as well as
Student Academy Award-winning short "The Confession" by Carl Pfirman is among the finalists. This controversial film is described by
PlanetOut as focusing on "two long-term lovers who clash when one of them
decides to resurrect his Catholicism on his deathbed." Also named as a
finalist is Jamie Babbit ("But I'm a Cheerleader," "Popular") for her
lesbian geriatric melodrama, "Stuck," which received an honorable mention at
the 2002 Sundance Film Festival as well as Alexandra Juhasz's documentary "Naming Prairie," about lesbian mothers.
"It's like the Golden Globes, only shorter and gayer," commented Jenni
Olson, PlanetOut.com's entertainment director, in a prepared statement.
"The PlanetOut.com Short Movie Awards reach a worldwide audience and
everybody gets to vote for their favorites -- it really is the peoples'
choice." Winners will receive their awards during a ceremony at the Miami
Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on May 4, when the audience award recipients
will be named as well.
The following is a complete list of the finalists:
Animation: "Chutzpah!" directed by Fanny Jacobson; "Frame, Frame Fierce,"
Shawn Atkins; "Ladies Tea," Paula J. Durette; "Memoria Mortalis," Rose Bond; "The Travelling Eye of the Blue Cat," Shawn Atkins.
Comedy: "Breaking Up Really Sucks," Jennifer McGlone; "Evie Harris: Shining
Star," Dennis Hensley; "Glaadiator," Luka Pecel; "hotbod.com," Steven
Sprung; "Interviews with My Next Girlfriend," Cassandra Nicolaou.
Drama: "The Confession," Carl Pfirman; "Cyberslut," Jonathan Gann; "Safe Journey," S. Leo Chiang; "Stuck," Jamie Babbit; "Title IX.L," Jennifer McGlone.
Documentary: "About Vivien," Kathy Sport; "For Straights Only," Vismita
Gupta-Smith; "Losing Lois," Julie Hill, Kathy Richter, Barbara Rosenthal;
"Madonnalogue," Mark McCormick; "Naming Prairie," Alexandra Juhasz.
Experimental: "Broken," Eve Bregman; "DYKE: Just Be It," Desiree Lim;
"Historia de amor en bano publico" (Love Story in a Public Restroom), Pablo
Oliverio; "Phallocy," Jay Sennett; "Sappho on Fire," J.M. Magrini.
[Visit: http://movieawards.planetout.com to view the finalists and vote
>> CORRECTION: Ebert Fest Dates
Earlier this week, we listed the wrong dates for Roger Ebert's Overlooked
Film Festival. The event will run April 24 - 28, 2002. We apologize for
the error. For more info, please visit: http://www.ebertfest.com.