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DAILY NEWS: SXSW Lineup; Muskat Wins Fellowship; Academy Extends Deadline

DAILY NEWS: SXSW Lineup; Muskat Wins Fellowship; Academy Extends Deadline



By Eugene Hernandez and Maya Churi/indieWIRE

>>SXSW 2000 Film Conference & Festival Kicks Off This Weekend with a strong line-up


(indieWIRE/3.8.2000) Starting this Friday, the South By Southwest Film
Conference and Festival
will feature a slew of independent films.
The entire event, which is held from March 10 through the 19th,
included a Film Conference, Film Festival, Interactive Festival
and a Music & Media Conference. The conferences, to be held over
the course of four days, include conversations with indie pioneers
such as Christine Vachon, Eamonn Bowles, Reid Rosefelt, Bingham Ray
and John Pierson.


The film line-up will feature Sundance documentary hits
"The Filth and the Fury" dir. Julien Temple; "The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack"
dir. Aiyana Elliot; and "American Pimp" dir. The Hughes Brothers as well as
film festival favorite "The Target Shoots First" dir. Christopher Wilcha.
Narrative film being presented include "The Big Kahuna" dir. John Swanbeck;
"Camera Obscura" dir. Hamlet Sarkissian; "Dropping Out" dir. Mark Osborne;
"Steal This Movie" dir. Robert Greenwald; and "Wildflowers"
dir. Melissa Painter. [Maya Churi]


The complete line-up for SXSW 2000 can be found at
http://www.sxsw.com





>>Muskat Picked to Receive Sundance's Silverman Fellowship


(indieWIRE/3.8.2000) -- Producer Lisa Muskat has been selected to receive
the Sundance Institute's Mark Silverman Fellowship. Muskat is producing
"Downtime," written and directed by Gary Hawkins -- he attended the 2000
Sundance Screenwriters Lab. The fellowship will provide $5,000
pre-production grant and include introductions to working professionals who
are members of the Sundance Advisory Committee.


Muskat has produced Mei Juin Chen's "The Worlds of Mei Lanfang," Jeff Bens'
"Fatmans," Gary Hawkins' "The Rough South of Larry Brown," and David Gordon
Green
's "George Washington."


The Silverman Fellowship was created as a tribute to producer Mark Silverman
("Blood Simple," "Raising Arizona") as a way to "support visionary
independent producers who have committed to a film project and still face
the challenge of moving forward into production."


"Our commitment is to supporting an emerging producer through providing
financial and educational resources," commented Sundance Institute Director
of the Feature Film Program Michelle Satter. "The fellowship creates an
annual opportunity to honor Mark's passion for original vision in filmmaking
and keep his name as a creative force in the industry he so loved."

[Eugene Hernandez]





>>Academy Extends Oscar Ballot Deadline


(indieWIRE/3.8.2000) -- A postal snafu this week delayed delivery of
Academy Award ballots as bags of mail went missing and were later found at
third-class mail facility in Southern California. The Academy has since
re-mailed new ballots to its 4,200 California-based members.


California members must return votes in the new yellow return envelopes,
according to the Academy. "If the original ballot should arrive at some
point," Academy President Robert Rehme said in a prepared statement, members
should "discard both it and the return envelope that arrived with it."


The deadline has been extended to March 23rd, although Rehme is encouraging
members to still return ballots by the March 21st deadline.


"Our accountants have agreed to extend that deadline by two days, but since
we've all just had a vivid
illustration of the vagaries that even first-class mail can be subject to,"
Rehme said, "I'd recommend that you post this new ballot as soon as you've
had a chance to think your selections through and mark them on it."
[Eugene Hernandez]

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