New York Underground Lineup & Hamptons Changes
Compiled by Eugene Hernandez
>> More Todd Haynes and Less John Waters at 1999 New York Underground
"We'll be kicking it old school -- Berlin 1978," explained New York
Underground Festival Director Ed Halter when describing the upcoming
event. After an extended silence and an inquiry by indieWIRE for
clarification on the reference, Halter continued, "You know, Warhol,
The 1999 NYUFF (March 10 - 14, 1999) at the Anthology Film Archives
will offer what Halter calls "more serious and more thoughtful" work.
"They're less geared towards simplistic shock -- the punk rock
aesthetic -- that was more dominant when we started," offered
Halter, commenting on the films, "We're getting stuff that is much
more subtle -- artful without being artsy, much more psychologically
nuanced -- less toward John Waters and more towards Todd Haynes."
The Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Paul McGuigan's "The
Acid House," based on the book by "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh.
The film, which stars "Trainspotting" actor Ewen Bremner, was acquired
for domestic distribution by Zeitgeist at the European Film Market.
As recently reported in indieWIRE, the festival will close with the
world premiere of Todd Verow's latest digitally shot feature, "The
Trouble with Perpetual Deja-Vu." Nine features will screen: Peter
Calvin's "Sleep," Roddy Bogawa's "Junk," Julien Nitzberg's "Bury Me
In Kern County," Jonathan Weiss' "The Atrocity Exhibition," and
direct from Park City are, Ben Speth's "Dresden" and Suki Hawley
and Michael Galinsky's "Radiation" which screened at Sundance,
and Heidi Van Lier's "Chi Girl" which won the Grand Jury Prize
The festival's "Sideshow USA" sidebar will again offer documentary
portraits, while the festival will also screen a group of music
documentaries in the "Rockpocalypse" section. Included in the side
bar is Carter Smith and Kevin Ford's documentary of the last Jane's
Addiction tour, "Three Days," which screened at Slamdance '99.
Also set for the NYUFF is a tribute to underground pioneer Alfred
Leslie, a program of Goth films, a selection of films from Britain,
and a number of short films.
[For more information, visit the official festival website at:
>> Schwartz Exits Hamptons Fest Programming Post
David Schwartz, lead programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival,
has left the position after one year in the role. indieWIRE confirmed
yesterday that Lynda A. Hansen and Linda Blackaby, who worked with Schwartz
and programmer Deena Juras, will assume lead programming duties at the fall
In a conversation with indieWIRE yesterday, Schwartz, the programmer at the
American Museum of the Moving Image (AMMI), confirmed the move indicating that
committing to another year with the Festival would be difficult given his role
at AMMI. "I would not have had a life," explained Schwartz, "They're both
full time jobs."
The Hamptons Festival has set October 20 - 24th as its dates for the 1999
event, abandoning inital talk of an expansion to two weekends -- although word is
that the event is considering expanding in 2000. Festival chief Denise Kassell,
formerly of the Hudson Valley Film Festival, is returning for a second year in
the top spot, a welcome move for an Festival that has been plagued by
continuity problems due to annual turnover in numerous key festival positions.
This year, despite Schwartz' departure, with Kassell, Hansen, Blackaby and
others back on board, the festival would appear to be on more solid footing
than a year ago when virually all key festival jobs were being re-filled.
New for the Hamptons in '99 is a digital sidebar and an invitation only
industry "Market section" that will screen twenty feature length works in
progress. The submission deadline is the end of June.
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