By Indiewire | Indiewire December 16, 2006 at 8:04AM
[EDITORS NOTE: The following is an announcement from indieWIRE.]
The New York Times and Emerging Pictures, the New York-based digital cinema network, announced Susan Buice and Arin Crumley's "Four Eyed Monsters" as the winner of the 2006 Sundance Channel Audience Award for the eight-month-long "indieWIRE: Undiscovered Gems" Film Series.
"Four Eyed Monsters"--directed by Susan Buice and Arin Crumley--took home the coveted prize that earns its filmmakers the opportunity for a theatrical release through Emerging Pictures and a television premiere on Sundance Channel. The value of the award is $100,000.
Recently nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards (Best Cinematography, the John Cassavetes Award for Best Feature under 500K), "Four Eyed Monsters" is the darkly sweet, humorous and innovative tale of the online courtship between Arin, a shy videographer, and Susan, an art school graduate working as a waitress. As their romance develops, they make a pact to not speak to one another. So they only write, draw, e-mail, text, instant message, have sex, and make videos for each other--no talking. While no verbal conflict arises, a new world of more complicated problems is discovered, forcing them to deal with intimacy as they meld together and create a monster.
The "Undiscovered Gems Series" is based on indieWIRE's annual list of the top films from major festivals around the world that have yet to find a theatrical distributor; the series is co-presented by The New York Times and Emerging Pictures, in association with the California Film Institute and Sundance Channel.
The film series kicked off in April 2006 with Jem Cohen's "Chain," followed by the Duplass Brothers' "The Puffy Chair" in May, Georgia Lee's "Red Doors" in June, Andrew Bujalski's "Mutual Appreciation" in August, Kyle Henry's "Room" in September, Paul Cox's "Human Touch" in October, and "Massaker," a film by Monika Berggman, Nina Menkes, Lokman Slim and Hermann Theissen, in November 2006.
With support from Sundance Channel, an audience award competition was launched this year to help provide the winning filmmaker with an opportunity of a theatrical release in New York, Los Angeles and a minimum of five other U.S. cities during 2007, as well as an exclusive television broadcast on Sundance Channel.
Using Emerging's digital network, the "Undiscovered Gems" collaboration this year brought one film per month from indieWIRE's annual list to 20 screens across the US in cities including New York City, Tucson, AZ; San Rafael, CA; Wilmington, DE; Ft. Lauderdale and Lake Worth, FL; Martha's Vineyard, MA; Lincoln NE; Buffalo, NY; Tulsa, OK; and Scranton, PA. The one-film-a-month series began in late April, 2006 and continued through November, 2006, with individual screening dates varying by venue. The winner was determined by audience balloting at each venue.
Now in its ninth year in 2006 and put together by indieWIRE's editors and contributing writers, the annual list of "Undiscovered Gems" is a roster of extraordinary films which despite their quality have not received U.S. distribution. In 2004, the California Film Institute presented the first theatrical exhibition of indieWIRE's "Top Undistributed Films," providing audiences the opportunity to experience the films beyond the festival circuit.
This indieWIRE announcement is excerpted from a press release issued by Emerging Pictures, in conjunction with indieWIRE.]