DAILY NEWS: THINKFilm Acquisition and MoMA Honors Rockefeller
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> THINKFilm Goes for Fitzgerald's "Event"
(indieWIRE: 04.01.02) -- THINKFilm has acquired its eighth film since
launching in September. The company, led by president Jeff Sackman and
New York-based head of distribution Mark Urman, has nabbed worldwide
rights to Thom Fitzgerald's "The Event," a film starring Parker Posey, Olympia Dukakis, Don McKellar, Sarah Polley, Jane Leeves and Brent Carver which is currently in production. The picture, written by Fitzgerald, Tim Marback and Steven Hillyer, is produced by the filmmaker and Bryan Hofbauer.
Described as "an intense relationship drama that takes the form of a
mystery, 'The Event' centers around a series of unexplained deaths that
occur among the gay community in New York's fashionable Chelsea district."
Posey stars as a district attorney investigating a case, according to the
"What this story says about the human spirit and our capacity for courage in
the face of tragedy perfectly captures the mood of the world right now,"
commented Mark Urman in a prepared statement. "The Event' promises to be a
film of the highest caliber that will speak to people everywhere."
Thom Fitzgerald is best known for his 1997 film, "The Hanging Garden." It
debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and was released by Goldwyn. His
follow-up film, "Beefcake," debuted at Sundance and was released by Strand.
THINKFilm's other acquisitions include "Time Out," which is currently in
release, as well as "World Traveler," "The Mystic Masseur," and "The
Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys," all due out over the next few months. "The
Last Kiss" is set for an August release, while "Love in the Time of Money"
and "Gerry" are due out later this year. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> MoMA's "Commitment" Series Recognizes Rockefeller
(indieWIRE/04.01.02) -- The Museum of Modern Art is commemorating the
15th anniversary of the Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship
with screenings April 11-15 of 15 programs of shorts, features,
documentaries and experimental works. The series, entitled "Commitment: The
Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowhips at 15," opens with the world
premiere of the documentary, "Women: The Forgotten Face of War" (2002),
which was directed by Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir ("The Brandon Teena Story"). According to a museum announcement, "the filmmakers traveled to Albania and Kosovo between 1999 and 2001 to record how communities of women who had been subjected to horrific incidents of rape and violence at the
hands of Serbian militia were rebuilding their lives."
Established in 1988, the Fellowship program supports artists in all
motion-media formats working with challenging subjects in unique ways and
has given financial support to over 200 independent artists. The series
provides a broad spectrum of issues, themes and styles characterizing U.S.
and Latin American independent filmmaking of the past decade and a half.
Additional program features include Arthur Dong's doc on homophobic
murderers, "Licensed to Kill" (1997) and Jem Cohen's experimental journey
through New York City, "Lost Book Found" (1996). Also, the program will
feature a discussion of developments in independent media with Kathy Brew,
Arthur Dong, and Art Jones participating on the panel on April 18 moderated
by Laurence Kardish.
"We are privileged that MoMA is presenting such a creative and
representative body of independent film and media work under the theme of
commitment," commented Joan Shigekawa, associate director for creativity and
culture at the Rockefeller Foundation in a prepared statement. "Each of
these artists reminds us of the tremendous power of film and media and of
the importance of independent voices in our society." [Brian Brooks]