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iPOP at the Gen Art Film Festival

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire April 18, 2005 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the Gen Art Film Festival
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iPOP at the Gen Art Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

At the 10th Gen Art Film Festival, Michael Dowse won the Acura Grand Jury Feature Film Award, winning a prize of $10,000 for "It's All Gone Pete Tong." The film, which also won the festival's audience award, opened in New York over the weekend and will open in other cities next month. Cary Fukunaga's "Victoria Para Chino," the true story of a tragedy involving the deaths of 19 undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S./Mexican border in a refrigerated truck. It won the $5,000 Acura Grand Jury Short Film Award and the audience prize for best short film.




Actor/director Kevin Bacon made his way to The Park on opening night for the Gen Art Film Festival. The party was attended by hundreds of revellers, after Bacon's film "Loverboy" opened the fest at the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan. Bacon, pictured here with his brother Michael Bacon, sat with friends in a cordoned off area save for a quick photo for the photogs who crowded up to get a quicky.


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Linda Guerrero from Terry Hines & Assoc., and Renay Sobel from Soho Grand/Tribeca Grand hang out with Gen Art Film Festival director Jeff Abramson downstairs at The Park.


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"Four Eyed Monsters" co-directors Arin Crumley and Susan Buice joined in on the opening night party. Their film screened during the festival, which includes seven New York premieres of a short and feature per night, followed by a big party. The Gen Art crowd tends to be on the "in-the-know scenester" type.


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Brendan Mason from Beech Hill Films (left) hanging out with Jared Moshe from The Film Sales Company at a Gen Art party. Moshe participated on the programming committee this year for the festival along with iW's Brian Brooks.


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John Migliacci, director of movie programming and acquisitions for In Demand Networks, and Terrence Mulligan, head of the Film Fleadh (Irish Film Festival) at The Park opening night. This year's Gen Art saw a big increase in attendees, which was evident by the packed parties.


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Seth Carmichael celebrated Spring with his new short hair cut and unveiled the new do at Gen Art. He hung out with friend Sarah Slobeda and enjoyed the good times.


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Comedy "Southern Belles" had its NY premiere during the festival. Pictured here are (left to right): actor Frederick Weller, the film's co-director Brennan Shroff, actor Judah Friedlander (he made that face in both shots we took of the group, we weren't trying to be mean), actor Kevin Scanlon and Jack McCarthy.


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Kodak hosted a very nice filmmaker brunch at The Park for directors and others taking part in the Gen Art Film Festival. Warm weather greeted the group on Sunday afternoon of the festival, and all were in a good mood. Pictured from back to forward (left to right): Aaron Levine (Festival Coordinator), Cary Fukunage, director of "Victoria Para Chino," Gil Holland (Gen Art advisory board), Michael Dowse, director of "It's All Gone Pete Tong," Carl Jacob (festival PA / actor), Susan Buice, co-director of "Four Eyed Monsters," Ishai Setton, director of "The Butcher and the Housewife," Christian Campbell from the shorts jury, Nikki Snelson (actor), Paola Mendoza, co-creator of "On The Outs," Michael Skolnik, co-director of "On The Outs," "Film Festival" Bob Giovanelli (screenings manager), Zachary Werner (shorts jury), Lillian LaSalle (programming committee), Jeremiah Newton (advisory board), Rob Pearlstein, director of "Our Time Is Up," Brennan Shroff, co-director of "Southern Belles," Paul S. Myers, co-director of "Southern Belles," Mike Wranovics, director of "Up For Grabs," Seth Carmichael (Carmichael Productions), Arin Crumley, co-director of "Four Eyed Monsters," Tracy Martin (Gen Art associate producer, Dana Varon (Jeff's One and Only) Jeff Abramson (festival director/programmer, Anne Hubbell, Kodak representative, Jonathan Zames, director of "Dog Eat Dog," Courtney Potts (programming committee), Adrienne Stern (features jury), Chris Pizzo (Carmichael Productions), and an unidentified friend of Ishai Setton at the end.


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[Eugene Hernandez contributed to this report].

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