Hamptons Winners, NYCFF Kicks Off
Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz
>> Hamptons Fest Announces Winners
The 6th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival wrapped on Sunday
night with the Golden Starfish award for American independent film going
to Eugene Martin for "Edge City." The award carries a whopping $165,000
in goods and services from vendors such as Seattle Post Affiliates, Zuma
Digital, Panavision, REI Media Group, Eastman Kodak, Tribeca Film Center
and Silvercup Studios. The Golden Starfish award for documentaries went
to Ruth Leitman, for "Alma," and according to the festival catalog, the
film will receive an award worth over $5,000. The Golden Starfish award
for the shorts competition was split between Karl Nussbaum for "Raw
Images From the Optic Cross" and Jay Rosenblatt for "Human Remains."
This year's festival saw the addition of a new Golden Starfish award for
Best Original Score, which was awarded to Mario Grigorov for Leonardo
Ricagni's "The Life Jacket is Under Your Seat," with the jury awarding a
Special Recognition For Music Used In A Movie to Gary Winick's "The Tic
Code," a film inspired by the life of star Polly Draper's husband, jazz
musician (and one of the film's producers) Michael Wolff, who has
Tourette's Syndrome. "The Tic Code" was not competing in the Golden
Starfish section, but was programmed in the World Cinema section.
This year's audience awards went to "The Tic Code" for feature film,
with a tie in the documentary section going to Aviva Kempner's "The Life
and Times of Hank Greenberg" and "Red, White and Yellow," by Marshall
Dostal and Mark Littman. The audience award for short film went to Adam
Collis' "'Mad' Boy I'll Blow Your Blues Away. Be Mine." The Lifetime
Vision Award: went to Vicky Funari for "Paulina" and a special prize in
recognition of their support of screenwriters in developing nations was
given to Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley, the principles of RKO Pictures.
The RKO Pictures Best Told Story award, given every year to one of the
festival's graduate student winners, went to Rick Wilkinson for "A Short
Wait Between Trains."
The Student Filmmaker Awards, consisting of $2,500 went to Rick
Wilkinson for "A Short Wait Between Trains" from AFI; Enrique Chediak
for "El Rio" ("The River") from NYU; Greg Pak for "Fighting Grandpa"
from NYU; Melissa Gerrero for "First Fidelity" from USC, and DeSales
Linton for "Kalin's Prayer" from NYU. Chediak is also an award winning
cinematographer who has shot such films as the upcoming Samuel Goldwyn
Company release "Desert Blue," by Morgan J. Freeman and Amos Poe's
"Frogs For Snakes." He won the best cinematography award at the 1997
Sundance Film Festival for Freeman's debut feature, "Hurricane Streets."
The undergraduate winners include James Cox for "Atomic Tabasco" and
Adam Turner for "Drive," both from NYU; Amy Dean for "Ethan's Tuesday"
from FSU; Susan Tuan for "Omnibus" from LA City College, and Carlos Ruiz
for "Pelota De Papel" from Film School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
>> Comedy Film Fest Kicks Off October 21st
The 2nd Annual New York Comedy Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday,
October 21st with a screening of Kirk Jones' upcoming Fox Searchlight
release "Waking Ned Devine," a sprightly Irish comedy about a small
village's attempt to find a lottery winner in their midst. The fest will
close on October 25th with Julia Sweeny's performance piece, "God Said
'Ha!'" In addition, the fest will feature four New York premieres,
including Jamie Yerkes' "Spin the Bottle," which was written by Yerkes
and New York Press columnist Amy Sohn. The other New York bows are Rob
Stitch's Miramax release, "The Castle" from Australia; Frank Todaro's
"Above Freezing," Ken Liotti's "The Waiting Game" and "Tales From The Far
Side II," a second set of shorts from the strange and inventive mind of
master cartoonist, Gary Larson. In addition, the fest's Children's
Morning at the Movies will feature the East Coast premiere of Disney's
"Lion King II: Simba's Pride." Opening night will take place at Lowes
Village Theater, while the remainder of the fest will take place at the
Directors Guild of America theater at 110 W. 57th St.
Among the notable shorts at the fest are several award-winning films,
including Adam Collis' Hamptons and LAIFF fest winner "Mad Boy, I'll
Blow Your Blues Away. Be Mine" and Jan Pinkava's Academy Award-winning
short, "Geri's Game." Other shorts include the hysterical "I'm on Fire,"
by Ryan Rowe and a series of four decidedly not-for-children programs of
short pieces from Corky Quakenbush, including "Davey & Son of Goliath,"
"Sex Toy Story," "Unwed Mother Darbie," the "Clops" shorts (claymation
"Cops"), "The Many Ways to Skin a Cat," "Raging Rudolph" and
The festival will also present a conversation with the Farrelly Brothers
("There's Something About Mary"), and a series of shorts from director
Greg Mottola ("The Daytrippers") and stand-up comedian/actor Steven
Wright, and a screening of Ben Stiller's 1989 short, "Back To Brooklyn."
[Festival tickets are available through Ticket Central at: (212)
279-4200 and in person at: 416 W. 42nd St. Call 212/803-5183 for more