By Indiewire | Indiewire June 23, 2000 at 2:0AM
DAILY NEWS: Sundance's Arte Latino; CUFF Fund; UCLA Script Winners
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>> Sundance Channel Acquires Slate of Latin American Films
(indieWIRE/6.23.00) -- Sundance Channel has acquired television rights to
five Latin American films -- the movies will debut on The Channel during
"Arte Latino," a tribute to Latin American filmmaking. The acquired films
are Martin Rejtman's "Silvia Prieto" (Argentina), Mercedes Garcia Guevara's
Hidden River (Argentina), Carlos Bolado's Bajo California (Mexico), Michael Skolnik and William O'Neill's documentary The Hot Corner (Cuba/USA), and Patricia Cardoso's The Water Carrier (Colombia). The Channel also acquired
seven short films for the showcase.
"There is a passion and an imagination in both Latin American artists and
Latin American cinema that is unparalleled and all-encompassing," commented
Sundance Channel Executive Vice President of Programming and Marketing Liz
Manne, "Great film transports you to another place, another dimension of
thought and feeling; that is what these films do. By acquiring and
programming films from across the region, we hope to give viewers a feel for
the tremendous scope and richness of Latin American cinema."
The Channel will offer fourteen Latin American features during the month of
August, including work from the Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico,
and the United States. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> CUFF Names Projects for Underground Film Fund
(indieWIRE/6.23.00) -- Seven projects have been selected to receive between
$500 and $2,000 from the second annual Chicago Underground Film Fund. The
selections were made from among 100 submissions. The fund is described by
organizers as intending to "aid underground and independent filmmakers who wish
to abandon the studio-minded mainstream of independent film for personal, avant-
garde work." Festival Director Bryan Wendorf commented in a prepared statement, "The Chicago Underground Film Fund exists to provide financial support for projects that aspire to be more than industry calling cards."
This years recipients are Vivek Bald's "Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music,"
Dietmar Post's "The Monks-The Transatlantic Feedback," Kerry Laitala and
Isabel Reichert's "The Escapades of Madame X," Shawn Durr's "Fucked in the
Face," Rodney Ascher's "A Cold-Blooded Look at Your Last 60,000,000 Years,"
Sam Green's "The Weather Underground," and Martha Colburn's "Hellalujah!"
[For more information about the Chicago Underground Film Festival, visit:
>> UCLA Selects Screenwriting Winners
(indieWIRE/6.23.00) -- The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television has
announced the five students who have won screenwriting prizes in its
1999-2000 Professional Program in Screenwriting. Singled out by the school
were Lisa Caruso ("Trial Marriage"), John Kelly ("The Last Days of Hell's
Kitchen"), Fernley Phillips ("Ghostland"), Rick Williams ("Midlife
Christmas"), and Amanda Roberts ("Renshaw's Modern Manners"). Notably,
Roberts attended the program online from her home in Hornsby, Australia.