By Indiewire | Indiewire March 6, 2002 at 2:0AM
DAILY NEWS: Sundance Fellowship; Outfest Idol Noms
with articles by Brian Brooks and Jacque Lynn Schiller/indieWIRE
>> "The Best Thief in the World" and "9.99" Share Fellowship
(indieWIRE/03.06.02) -- Jacob and Josh Kornbluth's "The Best Thief in the World" and Tatia Rosenthal and Etgar Keret's "$9.99" have been named co-recipients of the 2002 Producers Club of Maryland Fellowship, the Sundance Institute and the Producers Club of Maryland announced yesterday. The fund was established to aid Sundance Institute Film Program participants in completing their work for the screen by providing support for the filmmaker's post-Sundance Lab and pre-production expenses including casting, budgeting and location scouting. This year, each winner will receive half of the $10,000
Rosenthal and Keret's "9.99" is described in a release as "a stop-motion
animated feature-film project, which gives less than ten bucks worth of insight
into the human condition." Their past work includes "Crazy Glue" which received
the MTV Student Animation Award and the Wasserman prize. "The Best Thief in the World" focuses on a sensitive yet disturbed boy who breaks into apartments
as a coping mechanism for his troubled home life. Jacob and Josh Kornbluth's
most recent project was the feature adaptation and 2001 Sundance premiere,
"Haiku Tunnel," which they together wrote, directed and produced. Sony
Pictures Classics released the film.
"Each of these projects portrays the complexity and poignancy of human
interaction in a way that reflects the unique voice of the filmmakers,"
commented Michelle Satter, Director of the Institute's Feature Film Program
in a prepared statement. "The generous support of the Producers Club of
Maryland will have a real impact in providing these filmmakers with the
resources they need to move forward into pre-production."
The Producers Club was created in 1993 by indie producer Jed Dietz to
aid the Maryland Film Office in promoting the state as a location for
film and television production. Robert Redford founded the Sundance
Institute in 1981. Today it presents a vast array of film related work
including filmmaker and screenwriter labs and the annual Sundance Film
Festival. The organization also maintains an independent film archive,
The Sundance Collection at UCLA. [Brian Brooks]
>> Almost Legal; Outfest Celebrates 20th Bday and Screen Idol Noms
(indieWIRE/03.06.02) -- Outfest may no longer be a teenager but that doesn't
mean it's having any less fun. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Outfest, the
largest gay and lesbian multimedia entertainment organization and presenter
of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, has announced its 2002
Screen Idol nominees. The awards honor performances in gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered roles in a feature film or film made for television or miniseries.
Nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role include
Rachel Griffith ("Blow Dry"), Laura Harring ("Mulholland Drive"), Natasha Richardson ("Blow Dry"), Yolanda Ross ("Stranger Inside"), Naomi Watts ("Mulholland Drive"). In the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading
Role category, the nominations are Brian Cox ("L.I.E."), Paul Franklin
Dano ("L.I.E."), Arye Gross ("Big Eden"), John Cameron Mitchell ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch"), and Eduardo Noriega for "Plata Quemada" (Burnt Money).
"I am so pleased at the caliber and the scope of the actors nominated,
Outfest Executive Director commented in a prepared statement. "The household
names mingling with the up-and-coming performers attest to the remarkable
visibility of gay and lesbian lives in today's mainstream media."
The public will be able to cast their vote beginning in March online at
www.outfest.org and winners will be announced April 22.
[Jacque Lynn Schiller]