DAILY NEWS: Venice Lineup; Also, Adam Sandler & MediaTrip, and Pixie Winners
by Eugene Hernandez /indieWIRE
>> Barbera Unveils 57th Venice Slate; Competition Offers Two American Filmmakers Among International Lineup
(indieWIRE/ 7.31.00) -- The fall Festival circuit kicks into full swing
next month when the 57th Venice Film Festival opens in Italy. Running
August 30 - September 9, the event will open with Clint Eastwood's
"Space Cowboys" starring Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, and Donald Sutherland. It will close with Tony Gatlif's "Vengo," starring Antonio Canales, Orestes Villasan-Rodriguez, and Antonio Perez Dechent.
At a press conference in Italy on Friday, organizers unveiled plans for
the Festival, including the annual competition. Two American films,
Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women" and Julian Schnabel's "Before Night Falls," are among the competition entries which offers an array
of notable filmmakers from around the world. Included in competition
are Stephen Frears ("Liam"), Manoel de Oliveira ("Palavra e utopia"),
Sally Potter ("The Man Who Cried"), and Raoul Ruiz ("Fils de deux
meres ou comedie de l'innocence") and Barbet Schroeder ("La vierge
Out of competition, the Festival will welcome Woody Allen with "Small
Time Crooks," Claude Chabrol's "Merci Pour Le Chocolat," Takeshi
Kitano's "Brother," Martin Scorsese's "Il Dolce Cinema," Fernando
Trueba's "Calle 54," and a new work-in-progress project by Gus van
Sant, "Jokes: Chapter 1 'Easter'."
"We are convinced that our goal as a film exhibition is to be the
venue of renewed, varied and deeper knowledge," commented Paolo
Baratta, President of the Festival's umbrella organization at
Friday's press conference. "And to provide an encounter with
artistic creativity that resonates above any other, with the
courageous choices afforded by our spirit of freedom and
Anticipated films in the "Cinema del Presente" include Ed Harris'
"Pollock," Barbara Kopple's "My Generation," Robert Lepage's
"Possible Worlds," Christopher Nolan's "Memento," Lynne Stopkewich's
"Suspicious River," and Dan Minahan's digital feature, "Series 7:
In announcing the lineup, Festival Artistic Director Alberto Barbera
commented on the impact that digital technologies are having on
the movie industry.
"Cinema is now undergoing a change more radical and definitive than
the passage from silent to talkies," Barbera said, "Under these
circumstances it's not only legitimate but necessary to question
the intent and future of festivals." [Eugene Hernandez]
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>> BRIEFLY: Sandler Joining Forces with
MediaTrip for Shnorff
(indieWIRE/ 7.31.00) -- Today, MediaTrip.com will announce an exclusive
long-term partnership with Adam Sandler on the actor/comedian's new Net
venture, Shnorff.com. A new online entertainment company formed with
Jack Giarraputo, Shnorff will be headed by new CEO Doug Robinson, a former agent at CAA and Endeavor. The partnership will distribute
episodic programs, animation, shorts and games exclusively on their
respective websites. As a part of the pact, MediaTrip.com's studio
partner, Joe Roth's Revolution Studios, will have a first-look
deal on all properties developed by the online partnership.
"We are creating a new hub for entertainment on the Internet,"
commented MediaTrip.com CEO Austin Harrison in a prepared statement.
"Adam and Jack have assembled a top-notch creative team and we are
thrilled to have them on board to deliver compelling content to our
growing user base." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> BRIEFLY: Pixies Honor Online Film and Video
(indieWIRE/ 7.31.00) -- The first annual "Pixie Awards," honoring work
distributed online, were announced last week during a ceremony at the
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, site of the first Academy Awards. Joe
Nussbaum's "George Lucas in Love" took the top honors, winning the
award for "Best Pixure" and Best Director. The award-winning parody
of "Shakespeare in Love" is a fixture on MediaTrip.com.
Dave Jones won the award for Best Animated movie for "Teetering"
(from TheBitScreen.com), while the documentary award went to Jason
Thompson's Eveo.com film, "Fruits and Nuts." The Mack Sennett Award
for Pioneering Motion Pixure Arts and Technologies" was presented to
Atomfilms founder and CEO, Mika Salmi. [Eugene Hernandez]