Leguizamo to MC Gothams; Avignon Announces Lineup;
Hollywood Fest Salutes Zanuck

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz

>>> The IFP has announced that the recipient of the IFP Gotham Actor Award
will be Frances McDormand ("Fargo") and that actor/writer John Leguizamo
(Broadway play "Freak," "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet") will serve
as master of ceremonies at the 1998 Gotham Awards on September 23rd in
New York City. The awards are designed to celebrate the vitality of New York'
filmmaking community and have been held for eight years running, during the
IFP's Independent Feature Film Market. Previous Gotham hosts have included
Jon Stewart, Michael Moore, Eric Bogosian and Charles Grodin.

>>> The French/American Film Workshop has announced their lineup for the
15th anniversary Recontres Cinematographiques Franco Americaines
d'Avignon. As at the Avignon/New York Film Festival earlier this year in
New York (both events are run by the same organization), the event will
be dedicated to festival friend and mentor, director Sam Fuller. In
addition, there will be tributes to writer directors Paul Schrader and
Alexandre Rockwell. Films screening include the Schrader-written "Taxi
," Rockwell's "In the Soup," Fuller's "Shock Corridor" and Brandon
Cole's "OK Garage."

>>> The Hollywood Film Festival has announced that multiple Oscar-winner
Richard D. Zanuck will receive the Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in
Producing Award at the upcoming fest. Zanuck won an Oscar for producing
"The Sting" in 1973 and with his wife, Lili Fini Zanuck, in 1990 for
"Driving Miss Daisy." Zanuck became the youngest studio chief in history
when, at age 28, he was named head of Twentieth Century Fox. He has also
produced such films as "Jaws," "Deep Impact," "The Verdict" and