PARK CITY 2000 BUZZ: NHK Winners, Virigin Air, Heart On, Personal Touch, New Theaters for Park City
by Anne Hubble and Eugene Hernandez / indieWIRE
NHK WINNERS...Winners were announced yesterday for the 2000 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award. The filmmakers, Randy Redroad (Doe Boy, U.S.), Dana Rotberg (Otilia Rauda, Latin America), Carine Adler, (Finding Out, Europe), and Jyunichi Mori (Laundry, Japan) were selected by the Sundance Institute and NHK (the Japan Broadcasting Corp.) based on their past projects and the strengths of their next script.
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Established in 1996 in commemoration of the first 100 years of Cinema, recipients of the Award receive a $10,000 cash prize in addition to year-round support from Sundance with creative support and help in the finance and distribution of their projects in addition to an NHK commitment to purchase Japanese television rights to their projects upon completion.
Past recipients of the Award include Walter Salles (Central Station) and Chris Eyer (Smoke Signals) and Fernando Perez (Life is to Whistle).
VIRGIN AIR...One of the festival's hottest parties was Thursday's Virgin Suicides bash at the Roverhorse, featuring the French band Air. A huge crowd congregated outside the restaurant and every standard reason for needing to get inside was overheard. One creative small-boned festival attendee claimed he was little and wouldn't take up much space. The crowd rallied behind his plea
and chanted "Lit-tle guy! Lit-tle guy!". But it was no use, the seasoned door person wasn't falling for it. Poor little guy!
Those who did make it inside were treated to sweet sounds from Air. The event stood out as -- hands down -- the best musical event of the festival. The band played moody songs from the movie soundtrack and returned for an encore that included a couple of older favorites. Organizers distributed disposable cameras, contributing to an evening populated by flashbulbs from both attendees and the hordes of media covering the show.
HEART ON...The team at Haxan Films introduced Park City to "The Lovians" Thursday at a party at Mulligans to launch the website for their new project, Heart Of Love (www.holthemovie.com).
'Blair Witches' directors Eduardo Sanchez
As the story goes, while on tour promoting Blair Witch in Europe, our boys had an epiphany. In a small English town, an anotomically correct heart with wings appeared. Researching the experience, they discovered the Lovians, a group devoted to spreading the word of the "Heart Of Love". Party guests and journalists were treated to a special ceremonial dance as Sanchez and Myrick were officially inducted into the Lovians.
When asked about Heart of Love, Myrick said, "Its all about passion. It means different things to different people. We plan to use the power of the Heart of Love to make movies, but others can use it however they like." OK, but what is the movie about? "We have no idea yet."
PERSONAL TOUCH...In what we hope will start a Sundance trend, Fuji Film offered guests at their annual soiree some very special complimentary treats. They equipped the main room at the Silverlake Lodge with tables offering hand-painted temporary tattoos, luxurious manicures, and about twenty forward facing massage chairs. Lines were especially long for the relaxing backrubs, but well worth the wait to experience the personal attention and the magic fingers of some of Park City's most excellent rubbers.
NEW THEATERS FOR PARK CITY...Resort Theaters of America, in association with Sundance Film Festival, has announced plans to build a state of the art multiplex in the Redstone retail
center, just minutes from Park City. The cinemas will service the Festival as well as Park City residents throughout the year and will offer 35mm and digital projection, THX sound, and stadium seating. In a prepared statement, Festival co-director Geoff Gilmore said "With the need for
screening space on the rise, the additional ten screens will be invaluable in allowing greater participation by attendees and independent filmmakers."