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DAILY NEWS: Woody Allen Gets Cannes Opening Slot; 1st Tribeca Festival Sets Competition; AMPAS Give

DAILY NEWS: Woody Allen Gets Cannes Opening Slot; 1st Tribeca Festival Sets Competition; AMPAS Gives $400K in Grants



with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE



>> Woody Allen to Walk the Cannes Red Carpet on Opening Night



(indieWIRE: 04.05.02) -- Fresh from a show-stopping appearance at this
year's Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Woody Allen has committed to attend this year's Cannes Film Festival. His latest movie, "Hollywood Ending," will open the fest on May 15. The 55th Festival de Cannes runs May 15 - 26
in France.


"When I presented 'Manhattan' at Cannes in 1979, the audience reacted with
endless applause to an empty stage," commented Gilles Jacob in a prepared
statement yesterday. "To see Woody Allen, 20 years later, open the Festival
in person seems an almost unimaginable event, a dream-like
apparition." Concluding, he added, "Let us all get ready to cheer the
familiar figure, in the flesh, of one of the greatest filmmakers of our
time."


A few of Allen's movies have screened on the Croisette, among them the
aforementioned "Manhattan" in 1979, "The Purple Rose of Cairo" in 1985, and
"Hannah and Her Sisters" in 1986.


"The French people have been so supportive and so nice to me over the
years," the director said in a prepared statement, "and I've been
invited so many times that I wanted to give something back to them by coming
-- particularly since I felt this film was so right for the occasion."


Among the other highlights announced so far for the event are a tribute to
French filmmaker Alain Resnais and a lecture from Italian director Nanni
Moretti
.


David Lynch will serve as the president of the jury this year. He was in
Cannes last year with "Mulholland Drive," where he shared the best director
award with Joel Coen. [Eugene Hernandez]



>> Tribeca Announces Competition Lineup for First Festival; Other Film Selections Also Unveiled


(indieWIRE: 04.05.02) -- Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, co-founders of
the first Tribeca Film Festival, have announced the competition and classics
lineups for next month's downtown Manhattan event (May 8 - 12).


Only first-time filmmakers are eligible for the Tribeca Film Festival
competition. Participants in the section were chosen by Rosenthal and
Festival Director Trina Wyatt, with recommendations made by a committee.
Entries were chosen from the more than 1,300 entries submitted in all
categories: narrative, documentaries, and shorts. Juries will select prize
winners in a number of categories.


Aside from the competition sections, the Festival's slate will also offer
The Tribeca Film Festival International Showcase, which will be curated by
Eamonn Bowles of Magnolia Pictures, and will include notable films from the festival circuit. That lineup, along with plans for the special screenings,
are set to be unveiled next week.


Martin Scorsese and The Film Foundation are presenting The Restored Classic Series and Scorsese is curating a Best of New York Film series. The restored films are Elia Kazan's "Viva Zapata," Howard Hawks' "Big Sky," Peter Fonda's "The Hired Hand," Budd Boetticher's "Ride Lonesome," and William Wellman's "The Story of G.I. Joe."


Members of the public are invited to vote (online at
www.tribecafilmfestival.org beginning today) for their favorite film that
celebrates New York City. More than 250 movies are suggested and visitors can
also write in candidates. Scorsese will offer a selection of his favorite New
York movies at festival screenings. They are: Abraham Polonsky's "Force of
Evil
," Fred Zinneman's "A Hatful of Rain," Stanley Kubrick's "Killer's Kiss," Woody Allen's "Manhattan," Jules Dassin's "Naked City," Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront," Raoul Walsh's "Regeneration," Anthony Mann's "Side Street," Alexander MacKendrick's "Sweet Smell of Success," and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man."


Next week, festival organizers also plan to announce a special section of
films commemorating the events of September 11. Selections for the
children's program are still to be announced as well.


Fifteen narrative films will compete this year: Keith Snyder's
"Emmett's Mark," Dylan Kidd's "Rodger Dodger," Michael Meredith's "Three Days of Rain," Sunmin Park's "Too Pure," Alfredo De Villa's "Washington Heights," Richard LaPorta's "One Man's Ceiling," Richard Sylvarnes' "The Cloud of Unknowing," Dominique Forma's "Scenes of the Crime," Luis Eduardo Aute's "A Dog Called Pain" (Un Perro Llamado Dolor), Stephan Woloszcuk's "Blind Spot," Tjebbo Penning's "Morlang," Paolo Sorrentino's "One Man Up" (Luomo in Piu), Eric Eason's "Manito," Vojko Anzeljc's "The Last Supper," and Roul Marchand-Sanchez' "Twelve Hours."


In the documentary competition, 11 films will screen: Leah Purcell
and Brendan Fletcher's "Black Chic's Talking," Daniel Junge's "Chiefs,"
Darrell Wilks' "Hip Hop Hope," Jacques Sarasin's "I'll Sing for You" (Je
Chanterai Pour Toi), Matthew Buzzell's "Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew,"
Marlo Poras' "Mai's America," Alex Halpern's "Nine Good Teeth," Scott
Hamilton Kennedy's "OT: Our Town," Jeff Blitz's "Spellbound," Mark
Moskowitz's "Stone Reader," and Joey Garfield's "Breath Control: The History
of the Human Beat Box
."


Thirty-six short films have been chosen to screen in competition at this
year's Festival.


Jurors for this year's festival include: Documentaries -- Isaac Mizrahi,
Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Holbrook, Nancy Burski, Sheila Nevins, Fred
Wiseman, and Sam Pollard; Features -- Barry Levinson, Frances McDormand,
Kevin Spacey, and Janet Maslin; and shorts: Julian Schnabel, Helen Hunt,
Gary Ross, Warrington Hudlin, and Mary Schmidt Campbell.


The films will be screened at venues throughout Tribeca including Stuyvesant
High School
and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, both of which were
evacuated after the September 11 attacks.


The Festival will take place at numerous downtown venues. Among other
planned events are the Tribeca Film Festival Rock and Comedy Festival in
Battery Park on May 10. On Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th,
the Festival will present the Tribeca Family Film Festival, with a carnival,
screenings, picnics, and entertainment.


American Express is on board as the founding sponsor of the festival, as
part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal. Cardholders will be given
the opportunity to purchase advance tickets to the festval. Sales are set to
begin later this month. [Eugene Hernandez]


[For more information, call 1-866-941-FEST (3378), or visit:
http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org.]



>> The Academy Foundation Gives 38 Institutions $400K in Funding


(indieWIRE/04.05.02) -- The Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural
arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has identified 38
college and community film programs around the country to receive $400,000
in grants. The Grants committee, chaired by actors branch member Janet
MacLachlan
, chose the groups, which bring together students and professional
filmmakers.


Among the institutions that received funding were the California Institute
of the Arts
, Columbia University School of the Arts, the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, which each received $15,000. American Film Institute, a directing workshop for women, received $25,000; and Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco, film seminars was granted $20,000. Organizations receiving $10,000 grants include the American Museum of the Moving Image, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cleveland High School (Los Angeles), summer high school filmmaking workshop, and New York's Film Forum for discounted screening tickets. The Independent Feature Project Midwest received $10,000 for its mentor program directed at underprivileged youth and young adults while IFP North received $7,500 for women filmmakers' access grants. Film/Video Arts received $5,000 for its screening-seminar series, and New York Women in Film & Television received the same amount for its preservation of "Harlan County USA." [Brian Brooks]

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