Gen Art Launches Summer Arts Festival in NYC;
USA Film Fest To Screen Huston's Beat the Devil"; and Lepage's "No"
Set To Open Montreal World Fest
Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz
>> Gen Art Launches Summer Arts Festival On Wednesday In NYC
The Gen Art Summer Arts Festival kicks off in New York City on
Wednesday, August 5th, with an event to be comprised of exhibitions of
films both recent and classic, visual arts and live performances.
Artists taking part in the ongoing exhibits at SoHo's Exit Art gallery
include William Wegman and Jenny Holzer, with a 25 minute presentation
of Wegman's short video works being screened as part of the short film
series. Recent films being programmed (and screened on video) include
Bob Gosse's "Niagara, Niagara," John O'Hagen's documentary "Wonderland,"
John Walsh's "Ed's Next Move" (starring Callie Thorne from TV's
"Homicide: Life on the Street"), Julian Schnabel's "Basquiat," Robert
Bella's "Colin Fitz" (with William H. Macy, Martha Plimpton and
John C. McGinley) and William Gazecki's "Waco: The Rules of Engagement."
The lineup of classic indies is packed with watershed indies, including
Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger Than Paradise" (considered by many to be at the
vanguard of the modern American independent film movement), Errol
Morris' "The Thin Blue Line" (which contributed to the release of a wrongly
convicted man), Tim Hunter's "The River's Edge," Alex Cox's "Sid and Nancy,"
Gus Van Sant's "Drugstore Cowboy," The Coen Brothers' "Blood Simple,"
Martin Scorsese's "After Hours," and Amy Heckerling's "Fast Times at
[For more information, contact Gen Art at: (212) 290-0312]
>> USA Film Festival's First Monday To Screen Huston's Beat the Devil"
As part of the USA Film Festival's First Monday Classics series is set
to screen a new print of the 1954 cult comedy film, "Beat the Devil."
The 1954 John Huston film stars Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida,
Jennifer Jones, Peter Lorre (as an Irishman!) and Robert Morley, and has
a script written by Truman Capote. Recent films screened in the nearly
eight year-old series include "Gigi" (dir. Vincente Minnelli), a new
print of "When Worlds Collide" (dir. Rudolph Mate), "The Tin Drum" (dir.
Volker Schlondorff), "Lolita" (dir. Stanley Kubrick), "The Fountainhead"
(dir. King Vidor) and "Animal House" (dir. John Landis).
[For more information, call the USA Film Festival's 24-hour hot line at:
214/821-NEWS (6397), or visit their web site at:
>> Lepage's "No" Set To Open Montreal World Fest
The Montreal World Film Festival has announced that the world premiere
of Robert Lepage's "No" will be the opening night film for the event,
which runs from August 27-September 7. "No" was co-written by Lepage
with Andre Morency, and stars Anne-Marie Cadieux, Alexis Martin, Marie
Brassard, Marie Gignac and Richard Frechette, and is the third feature
from Lepage, whose debut feature, "Le Confessional," opened the
Directors Fortnight at Cannes. "No" was inspired by Lepage's play, "Les
Sept branches de la riviere Ota." "No" will be distributed by Alliance