DAILY NEWS: SXSW Winners; Italian at BAM
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> SXSW Honors "Manito" and "Spellbound" With Top Jury Awards
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Based on an earlier SXSW announcement, Eric Byler's "Charlotte Sometimes," which shared the Narrative First Film prize with Tony Shalhoub's "Made Up," was not included in the winners article].
(indieWIRE/03.13.02) -- Winners were announced yesterday at SXSW in Austin,
with Eric Eason winning the jury award for best narrative feature for
"Manito." The film, which debuted at Sundance this year, is described by the
festival as the story of two brothers from Washington Heights who are trying
to "transcend the residue of violence that enshrouds their community." A
special narrative jury award went to Allen Colombo for "The Misanthrope."
The jury award for best doc feature was awarded to Jeff Blitz for
"Spellbound," a look at eight teenagers in pursuit of the National Spelling
Bee championship. Hannah Weyer's "Escuela" (School) was awarded a special jury prize in the doc category.
In the audience award categories, the doc award went to Marlo Poras' "Mai's
America," while the documentary first film award was presented to Lisa
Udelson's "Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc's Adventures in Plastic." Harry
Dodge's "By Hook Or By Crook" won in the narrative category and Tony
Shalhoub's "Made-Up" won in the narrative first film category.
Among the winning short films were Kazuo Ohno's "For Our Man" (best
narrative), Lori Lovoy-Goran's "In Between Days" (best documentary), Wes Kim's "Profiles in Science" (best animated), Kyle Henry's "N.ew Y.ork C.asino" (best experimental), Courtney Taylor's "Bohemian Like You" by Dandy Warhols (best music video), and Tibor Szakaly & Bill Fiala "Nougat" and Jonah Kaplan's "Interview with Spike Jonze" (best midnight).
The SXSW Film Conference and Festival continues through Sunday in Austin,
TX. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Italian Silent Film Festival Comes to BAM
(indieWIRE/03.12.02) -- Italy's Pordenone Silent Film Festival is crossing
the Atlantic this weekend with a two-day series at BAM Rose Cinemas in
The Pordenone Silent Film Festival celebrated its 20th year last fall and
has grown into a world renowned event from its humble beginnings
when only eight registered guests attended the fest during its first year.
Serge Bromberg of the preservation group Lobster Films will introduce the
"Treasures from a Chest: Retour de Flamme" collection Friday. Early works by
director Georges Melies are featured in the collection including early works
that had been previously thought lost. In 1999, two hundred pounds of film
were discovered hidden in a house in France. Work in the "Retour de Flamme"
includes tragedies, fantasies, newsreels, trick films and cartoons. The
program will also feature live piano music along with a discussion.
On Saturday, the series continues with Guido Brignone's "Maciste all
Inferno" (Maciste in Hell) from 1926. The film is loosely based on Dante's
"Inferno" in which a young man goes to the underworld and battles demons.
Husband and wife team Jacob and Piera Patat founded the Pordenone Silent
Film Festival in Pordenone, Italy in 1982. Today, the event takes place
in the northern Italian town of Sacile. [Brian Brooks]