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LAIFF '98 To Include Music Video Showcase; Other Special Events Announced

LAIFF '98 To Include Music Video Showcase; Other Special
Events Announced

by Mark Rabinowitz




The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (LAIFF) has announced several
sidebars, seminars and special events for their 4th annual event, set to
run April 16-21, highlighted by music video programs spotlighting
the two-way crossover that exists between music video and the
independent film world.


The video panel, set for the afternoon of April 18th, fits nicely
with a sidebar of three programs of music videos. The Crossover Artists
program includes videos directed by filmmakers who have crossed over
into feature filmmaking, such as Paul Thomas Anderson ("Boogie Nights"),
Matt Mahurin ("Mugshot"), Phil Joanou ("State of Grace") and Mark
Pellington ("Going All the Way"); Eye Candy spotlights videos exhibiting
noteworthy visual elements, including special effects, cinematography
and production design from bands such as Bjork, Bush, Portishead and
Sonic Youth, while Uncharted Territory includes music clips from artists
such as Cibo Matto, Daft Punk, Mansun, Nine Inch Nails and Prodigy.


The festival also announced a special screening of Sydney Pollack's
classic film "Three Days of the Condor." Presented by the Artists Rights
Foundation in association with The Directors Guild of America, The
Writers Guild of America, International Photographers Guild, The
American Society of Cinematographers and The Screen Actors Guild, the
screening will be followed by a panel discussion with members of the
cast and creative team including Pollack and co-star Cliff Robertson.


Finally, organizers also revealed that this year's Annual Indie Supporter Award
will be presented to Eric Stoltz. Stoltz, a longtime supporter of
independent film, has appeared in the first films of several indie
filmmakers, including Neil Jimenez ("The Waterdance"), Michael Steinberg
("Bodies Rest & Motion," "The Waterdance") and Noah Baumbach ("Kicking
and Screaming
," "Mr. Jealousy"). Past Indie Supporter award recipients
have included producer's rep/"Split Screen" host John Pierson and
Kodak's Toni Robertson.


[Last week indieWIRE incorrectly identified the phone number to call for
tickets to this year's LAIFF. The correct number is: 1-888-ETM-TIXS
(386-8497). We regret the error.]

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