DAILY NEWS: Wellspring's "Ark" & "Love Song," The Chrysler Million Dollar Winner, and Slamdance Boot Camp
by Matthew Ross, Brian Brooks and Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE
>> Wellspring Sails on "Ark," Sings "Love Song"
(indieWIRE: 09.19.02) -- Wellspring Media has acquired U.S. theatrical and
home video rights to Alexander Sokurov's "Russian Ark" and Bille
Eltringham's "This is Not a Love Song." Both films were acquired from
Paris-based sales company Celluloid Dreams.
"Russian Ark," which was shot on digital video, is the first full-length,
single-take, continuous uncut Steadicam feature. Filmed in the Hermitage in
St. Petersburg, Russia, the film tells the story of a 19th-century French
diplomat and a contemporary Russian filmmaker who are mysteriously
transported to the 1700s, where they find themselves in the fabled Winter
Palace. The film will be screened at this year's New York Film Festival and
is set for release later this fall. "Ark" recently won the $20,000
Independent Film Channel Visions Award at the Toronto Film Festival.
"This is Not a Love Song," also shot on DV, follows the story of two petty
criminals who mistakenly kill the young daughter of a farmer and are
relentlessly pursued across the Northern countryside by both the police and
a posse of local farmers intent on revenge. "This is Not a Love Song" is
slated for a 2003 release. [Matthew Ross]
>> Wadlow Named 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival Victor
(indieWIRE: 09.19.02) -- The 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival
named Jeff Wadlow the winner of its lucrative competition with his project
"Living the Lie," a modern-day retelling of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf."
Wadlow will receive a $1,000,000 film production deal courtesy of Chrysler,
Hypnotic, and Universal Studios, the sponsors of the program. The
competition recently held a party with Maxim magazine during the Toronto
Film Festival featuring art installations of the five finalists' work.
Later the sponsors of the contest hosted "The Pitch and Awards Ceremony," in
which the finalists premiered their scenes and pitched their projects to an
"I am honored to have won this award and the one million dollar production
deal," said Jeff Wadlow in a prepared statement. "I'm grateful to Chrysler,
Hypnotic and Universal Studios for giving me the chance of a lifetime...
I'd also like to salute the other finalists; hopefully we'll all be making
films for a long time." The four other finalists were Patrick Daughters
("Bountiful Utah"); Matthew Ehlers ("Vows Y Rites"); Geoffrey Haley ("The Emerald Room"); and Seth Wiley ("Rx"). The finalists were judged on their qualifying short film, their Chrysler-branded Extreme Film, produced during Cannes, and their feature project, including a draft of their scripts, storyboards, and a theatrical poster of the film. [Brian Brooks]
>> Slamdance To Hold Bootcamp in L.A.
(indieWIRE: 09.19.02) -- Slamdance is getting educational: new directors,
producers, and artists can sign up for the first Slamdance Bootcamp, to be
held October 11-13 at the Los Angeles Film School. More than 50
professionals, including Slamdance alumni, will be on hand for the "nuts and
The event will include 12 seminar discussions "on how to create, produce,
post and sell an independent feature film." Other events during the
bootcamp include an opening night film and reception, a closing night mixer,
and a trade show.
"The Bootcamp is a no nonsense/no frills foundation on what it really takes
for first, second and third time directors/producers/artists to get their
films made," said event executive producer Leslie Lapage in a prepared
Seminar participants will include producer's rep Jeff Dowd, directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, director Penelope Spheeris, Paul Bales from SAG, and producer Leslie LaPage, among others. Space has been provided for underprivileged youth from L.A. to attend as well.
For details and application information, visit www.slamdance.com. [Wendy