DAILY NEWS UPDATE: A Palm Pick Up, 45th SFIFF Closes, NY Filmmakers Come Home to Tribeca and New York's Best is "Tiffany's"
with articles by Eugene Hernandez, Matthew Ross and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Palm Picks Up "Paperboys"
(indieWIRE: 05.08.02) -- Independent distributor Palm Pictures has acquired
"Paperboys," a documentary short by acclaimed music video and commercial
director Mike Mills. The deal was negotiated by David Koh, Palm Pictures'
head of acquisitions and production, and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of Jack Spade Films, Mike Mills, and the Director's Bureau.
Set in Stillwater, Minnesota, "Paperboys" examines newspaper carriers and
their future in modern society. Palm plans on releasing the film on as part
of an expanded Mike Mills "Director's Series" DVD, which will include a
selection of music videos and two short films, "Deformer" and "Architecture
"Paperboys" screened at the 2002 Rotterdam Film Festival, SXSW, and RESFEST. It will have its television premiere in early summer of 2002 on the Sundance Channel. [Matthew Ross]
>> SFIFF Has a "Hollywood Ending" for its 45th Event as Filmmakers Receive Honors
(indieWIRE: 05.08.02) -- The San Francisco International Film Festival closed
its 45th edition over an awards brunch following 265 screenings of 185
Films; attendance surged 7.4 percent during the 15-day event. Top honors
this year went to Bohdan Slama's "The Wild Bees," which took the SKYY Prize. The $10,000 cash prize recognizes a first-time feature filmmaker whose "film
exhibits unique artistic sensibility." Organizers describe "Bees" as "a
sensitive and engaging coming-of-age film about a group of young Czech
villagers." The event's VIRGINMEGA AudienceAawards for best narrative
feature and best documentary feature went to "Spirited Away" by Japanese
director Hayao Miyazaki and "Photos" to Send" by San Francisco-based
filmmaker Dierdre Lynch, respectively. "Spirited" is an animated feature of
a young girl who enters a world of ghosts, goblins and gods, while "Photos"
documents the residents of County Clare, Ireland who were photographed in
the 1950s by Dorothy Lange.
Golden Gate Awards grand prizes were presented to Thomas Riedelsheimer's "Rivers and Tides" for best documentary; best short went to Matt
McCormick's "The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal" about graffiti
removers who "collaborate" with graffiti artists to create a new vision.
Vietnam story "Daughter from Danang" by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco, and Laleh Soomekh's "Dear Judge" took the best Bay Area documentary prize, while best Bay Area ahort went to David Chalker's "Hypocrite."
Non-profit arts group the San Francisco Film Society, which presents SFIFF,
hosted an awards night gala dinner that welcomed Bay Area movers and shakers
including film society executive director Roxanne Messina Captor and the
city's charismatic mayor Willie Brown, along with guests such as Yahoo!
founder Jerry Yang and a slew of local politicians and notorieties.
Oscar-winning director/actor Warren Beatty received the Akira
Kurosawa Award for lifetime achievement in directing, which was presented by
Sharon Stone and Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel. Sean Penn presented Kevin Spacey with the Peter J. Owens award for acting achievement.
Experimental filmmaker and beacon of new Latin American cinema Fernando Birri received the Golden Gate persistence of vision award, for "his achievements
in filmmaking and film education." The tribute followed with screenings of his
films "Tire Dié" and "Los Inundados." SFIFF closed with Woody Allen's latest, "Hollywood Ending," with cast members George Hamilton, Mark Rydell and Tiffani
Thiessen on hand. [Brian Brooks]
>> TRIBECA 2002: All This and Movies Too? Filmmakers Seek the Spotlight at First Tribeca Fest
(indieWIRE: 05.08.02) -- It's not every festival that kicks off with press
conference that includes Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, and
a host of dignitaries. And it's clear that the Tribeca Film Festival is not
a typical film festival. Jumpstarted in the wake of September 11, this event
was created to revitalize a neighborhood that was heavily affected by the
attacks on the World Trade Center. This is, in fact, a community event that
includes film screenings, a family festival, and a free outdoor concert.
[Co-founder Jane Rosenthal spoke with indieWIRE about the event for a
separate article today.]
"The Tribeca Film Festival is celebrating New York and downtown, we knew it
would get a lot of attention and a lot of press," producer Anne Chaisson
told indieWIRE yesterday, regarding her decision to bring Dylan Kidd's
"Roger Dogder" to this festival.
Shot in New York after September 11, the film stars Campbell Scott, Isabella
Rossellini, Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Berkley, and Jesse Eisenberg. It is
having its world premiere in competition at the Festival. "This is a New
York film, about New York, shot in New York, with a New York crew and New
York actors," offered Chaisson, who added, "This festival is about the
community coming together to support what we have lost and we feel proud to
be a part of that and I thought it was the appropriate place for us begin."
Producer Allen Bain of The 7th Floor, is equally enthusiastic about bring
his New York movie home. In the case of his production, Eric Eason's
"Manito," Bain is debuting the film for a New York audience after achieving
significant acclaim at other festivals. The movie, a tough, well-told
Washington Heights story, was honored at Sundance and Austin's SXSW this
year, but its trip downtown is being anticipated as a major accomplishment.
"For a lot of reasons, this festival is probably the most important (to
us)," Bain told indieWIRE yesterday, adding that he and his producing
partner Jesse Scolaro, as well as everyone involved in the picture, are New
"I love New York," Bain said simply. "It's so cliche and at the same time it
is a huge part of my life."
For filmmaker Stephan Woloszczuk ("Blind Spot"), in town for the festival
from Los Angeles, the event is important because of what New York, and those
involved in the Festival, represent.
"To be a part of a first festival is really exciting," Woloszczuk told
indieWIRE yesterday, adding that the attention that the festival is getting
and the high-profile people behind it are a nice plus. "To have your film
screened with those people is a pretty good opportunity, it's a good
endorsement for your film."
"Its really about downtown New York and New York as a whole," "Manito"
producer Bain concluded, "This is something that it really close to hearts I
think, because we are talking about our home, we are screening in our own
home." [Eugene Hernandez]
>>"Tiffany's" Tops with Online Festival Voters
(indieWIRE: 05.08.02) -- "Breakfast at Tiffany's" has been selected as the
winner of the Best of New York film contest, in online balloting conducted on
the Tribeca Film Festival website. The honor earns the 1961 Academy Award winner a screening slot at this week's Festival this Sunday at 8 p.m. at the
Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
Runners-up for the prize were Woody Allen's "Annie Hall," and Festival
co-chair Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver." Rounding out the top 10 in
balloting were "The Godfather," "West Side Story," "Do the Right Thing," "When Harry Met Sally," "Miracle on 34th Street," "On the Town," and "Goodfellas." [Eugene Hernandez]