Festival Briefs for the week of 01/11/99
Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz
>> SBIFF To Fete Field
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) has chosen Oscar
winning actress, director and producer Sally Field to be the recipient
of the 1999 Ruby Award, a newly created award which festival artistic
director Renee Missel describes as an award that "honors an actor whose
body of work has influenced American cinema." Missel went on to say that
Field "has touched our hearts with her wonderful portrayals, elevating
the role of the 'everyday woman' to that of an American heroine."
The 14th Annual SBIFF will take place March 4-14, 1999 Field has won two
Best Actress Academy Awards, one each for 1984's "Places in the Heart"
and 1979's "Norma Rae."
>> 5th South Asian Fest Kicks Off In February
Central Florida's Enzian Theater has announced the lineup for its 5th
Annual South Asian Film Festival, set to take place on February 6-8,
1999. Presented by the Enzian and the Asian Cultural Association, the
festival will screen four films over the three days, including the U.S.
premiere of Kaizad Gustad's 1998 film, "Bombay Boys," which has screened
at the Toronto, Vancouver, and London film festivals and will serve as
both the opening and closing night film of the fest. Rounding out the
opening day of the event will be Adoor Gopalakrishnan's latest effort,
1996's "Man Of The Story."
Sunday's lineup includes Udayan Prasad's "My Son The Fanatic" (1998),
which was adapted by Hanif Kureishi ("My Beautiful Launderette," "Sammy
and Rosie Get Laid") from his own novel, and Waris Hussein's 1997 film,
"Sixth Happiness," a fictional autobiography about a close Parsee family
living in Bombay in the 60's and 70's, and how their wheelchair-bound
son who suffers from brittle-bone disease, finds his independence.
Enzian has produced The Florida Film Festival since 1992 the 1999
edition of which runs June 11-20, 1999. Information is available at
>> What's Up Docs...Something For The Kids
The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute will hold a mini-festival of
documentaries specifically aimed at young people, called What's Up Docs,
scheduled for March 3-7, 1999. The program will showcase seven
documentaries presented at weekday screenings for school groups and
weekends for the general public. Films include "World Drums," about the
performance of 250 percussionists from around the world that took place
at Expo '86 in Vancouver, and "Tickle the Sky," an account of the new
sport of tree climbing, starring author Robert Fulghum ("All I Really
Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"). What's Up Docs is sponsored by
Regions Bank, Bullfrog Films and the Arkansas Arts Council. The films
will be screened at the Malco Theatre in Hot Springs, free and open to
the public. For additional information, contact the hot Springs
Documentary Film Institute at 501.321.4747, or on the web at
>> Flixtour Announces Spring Tour
Flixtour has announced the films in its upcoming Spring on-campus tour,
with eight films set to screen in the event which will run over the
course of approximately three months from late January-late April. A
full tour schedule is expected to be released during the third week of
January. Stating that the word "independent" doesn't accurately describe
the type of films programmed by flixtour, the tour is attempting to coin
a new phrase, by touting itself as being "at the forefront of a new
revolution in alternative distribution for great "UNDEPENDENT" cinema.
The eight selections, three features and five shorts, will screen in
three separate programs. According to the flixtour release, the term
"Undependent" was coined by tour alum Paul Feig, whose film, "Life Sold
Separately" screened as part of a previous tour.
The first program, Funkytown, is comprised of the feature "Funkytown" by
Steven Greenberg, along with shorts "Organ Cranker" by Jon Foulk and
"Busk" by Paula Tiberius. Program two, Bury the Evidence is comprised of
J. Greg De Felice's "Bury the Evidence" which features Oscar nominee
Karen Black ("Five Easy Pieces") and nabbed the best feature prize at
the 1998 Baltimore MicroCineFest. Short films in this program are Walter
Williams' 1999 Slamdance fest screener "Solid Action Love Partner" and
"Ring Ring You're Dead" by Tibor Szakaly & Bill Fialaand. The third
program, Devil's Playground, features Jean-Nathanael Courtens' feature
"Devil's Playground" and Carmella Cardina's short, "The Fan!"
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