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by Eugene Hernandez, Erin Torneo/indieWIRE and Christopher Henderson
>> THINKFilm Gets "The Heart of Me"
(indieWIRE: 10.21.02) -- One-year-old film distributor THINKFilm has
acquired another film out of last month's Toronto International Film
Festival. On Friday, the company announced that it has nabbed all North
American rights to Thaddeus O'Sullivan's "The Heart of Me." The film, which will close the London Film Festival next month, stars Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Williams, and Paul Bettany.
"The Heart of Me," according to the announcement, is a love triangle set
before, during and after World War II. THINKFilm acquired the film from
Pandora, following its acquisition of the documentary, "Spellbound," out of
the recent Toronto Film Fest. The picture will be released theatrically next
O'Sullivan's previous credits include "An Ordinary Decent Criminal,"
"Nothing Personal," and "December Bride." The film was adapted by Lucinda Coxon from the novel "The Echoing Grove" by Rosamond Lehmann. It is, according to the announcement, believed to be based on the author's
"extended and tortured" affair with British Poet Laureate C. Day Lewis,
father of actor Daniel Day Lewis. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Manhattan Pics Makes Deal For "12 Hours"
(indieWIRE: 10.21.02) -- Manhattan Pictures International has struck a deal
for the U.S. release of Puerto Rican director Raul Marchand-Sanchez's "12
Hours." Manhattan Pictures will collaborate with the island's Muvi Films to
bring the film straight from its San Juan release to New York.
"'12 Hours' is youthful and exciting filmmaking that illuminates the rich
tapestry and inviting cinematic rhythm of San Juan's nightlife," said Paul
Cohen, president of Manhattan Pictures, in a prepared statement. "The
release of '12 Hours' keeps us on track with Manhattan Pictures' goal of
fostering partnerships with established innovative auteurs such as Jean-Luc
Godard and Michael Apted, and rising new talented auteurs such as Raul
The Spanish-language film, winner of the audience award at the Chicago
Latino Film Festival and Puerto Rico's Oscar submission in the foreign
film category, documents seven individuals as they travel through one
night in San Juan. It will premiere in New York in March 2003.
Manhattan Pictures previous releases include Apted's "Enigma" and
Godard's "In Praise of Love." [Christopher Henderson]
>> No Short-Change Here; CFK Benefit Organized by Gillian Grisman
(indieWIRE: 10.18.02) -- The legendary Studio 54 was the stage for the fifth
annual Change for Kids Benefit on Wednesday night. Executive director and
filmmaker Gillian Grisman ("Grateful Dawg") helped organize the event,
drawing on resources from across the entertainment world to benefit the
non-profit organization, which helps underfunded NYC schools.
Following the opening cocktail reception and tasting, guests took to their
leopard-printed seats, flocked by side tables with red-fringed lamps to
await a variety show on the stage the long-running musical "Cabaret" calls
home. First up were documentaries recently directed by Stanley Tucci and
Steve Buscemi, Fischer Stevens, and SNL's Rachel Dratch as part of CFK's Collaborative Documentary program, while live performances included Ballet Hispanico, Allison Ewing from "Cabaret," the three stars of "Harlem Song," And -- wait for it -- the original six members of the Village People. In full regalia, the Village People closed the event with a how-to dance lesson
from the horses' mouth for their '70s anthem "Y.M.C.A."
Change for Kids was founded in 1996 in response to news that kindergarten
teachers at PS 243 in Bed-Stuy were allocated just $12.43 a year per
student. Believing that even small change could make a difference, CFK
began its mission. CFK has not only established trusts on behalf of PS 243,
CES 73 in the Bronx, PS 160 in Queens, and PS 154 in Harlem, but it also
continues to bring the developed arts into schools. [Erin Torneo]
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