By Indiewire | Indiewire September 9, 2004 at 2:00AM
New Event Nurturing Filmmakers & Artists Ready to "HatcH" with Industry Professionals
by Brian Brooks
Montana is the setting of a new festival that will open today to nurture new filmmakers, musicians and artisans. The first HatcH Audiovisual Arts Festival will bring student filmmakers together with industry professionals in Bozeman, Montana September 9-12. The line-up includes six scheduled out-of-competition features, while twenty student projects from film schools in Asia, Europe, Australia, South America and North America will play as competition films.
Actor Bill Pullman will introduce Curtiss Clayton's "Rick" as a special presentation as well as Cameron Lowe's "Mushka Water" and Mark Milgard's "Dandelion." The festival will also screen John Dahl's "The Great Raid" from Miramax and actor Rick Schroder's directorial debut "Black Cloud."
The event will showcase various forms of visual and audio arts through workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, small group peer and professional "power sessions," music concerts as well as screenings. Luminaries including actor Joseph Fiennes ("Shakespeare in Love"), Bridget Fonda ("Jackie Brown"), Jane Fonda ("Nine to Five"), Michael Keaton ("Batman"), and many others are among the bevy of industry professionals participating in the festival as jurors, panel members and special guests. Additionally, HatcH will launch its first Gary Cooper Spirit of Montana award, which honors a person who has "made a significant contribution to the arts and actively encourages the dreams in the hearts of young artisans." Longtime Montana resident Peter Fonda will be the first recipient of the award, which will be presented by Jeff Bridges.
"Imagine a life without music, film, dance, [or] theatre. Art is one of life's ingredients that stirs our souls and brings us together, breaking all cultural boundaries," commented the event's executive committee members Penny Ronning, Yarrow Kranser, Scott Billadeau and Huntley Ritter in describing the fledgling event on their website. "HatcH is a celebration of the artistic process that transforms the everyday into the spectacular. But most of all, it's about supporting dreams, and injecting creative innovators back into our society."
[For more information, visit http://www.hatchfest.com.]