PARK CITY 2001 BUZZ: "Deal" Deal; More Short Signings; Hypnotic Millionaire; "Revolution" in Salt Lake; IFILM News; and a Correction
by Maud Kersnowski /indieWIRE
>> Raw Deal Nearing Pact
(indieWIRE/01.26.01) -- At press time, representatives for Billy
Corben's controversial documentary, "Raw Deal: A Question of Consent "
and Artisan Entertainment were in "heated negotiations" and a deal
was imminent, a source close to the talks told indieWIRE.
The doc gained national attention yesterday through a front-page story in
the New York Post featuring interviews with the filmmakers and quotes from
indieWIRE's exclusive interview with the film's female subject, Lisa Gier
King. [Maud Kersnowski]
>> Sundance Nabs Seven Shorts
(indieWIRE/01.26.01) -- Sundance Channel hooked U.S. television rights to
seven shorts today. Four films were directly acquired from filmmakers and
three more signed from AtomFilm's recently increased library. Direct pick
ups are Bridget Bedard's "Baby," Elyse Couvillion's "Sweet," Tom Megalis' "Detroit Jewel" and Leif Tilden's " bigLove." Sundance Channel bought Andrew Lancaster's "Hedwig" curtain raiser, "In Search of Mike," Gaby Dellal's "Football," and Samantha Bakhurst and Lea Morement's "4P.M." from Atom.
>> Who Wants To Make A Million-Dollar Movie?
(indieWIRE/01.26.01) -- Hypnotic and Universal Pictures announced David von Ancken as the winner of "The Hypnotic Million Dollar Film Festival," for his short, "Bullet in the Brain," last night at Synergy Spa overlooking Park City. Von Ancken gets a $1 million dollar production deal with
Universal and Hypnotic. Von Ancken was chosen from hundreds of contestants
who submitted their films to Hypnotic's Web site. 25 quarter-finalists
were posted online and voted on by site visitors. The remaining five
submitted treatments or scripts for a feature film which were then
judged by a five-member panel comprised of Jeremy Bernard, CEO/Founder
of Hypnotic; Rick Hess, president, Propaganda Films; Kevin Misher,
president, production, Universal Pictures; director Jonathan Mostow
(U-571); and director Jay Roach ("Meet the Parents"). Separately, Hypnotic also grabbed Andy Berman's "Bit Players." The deal includes a promise that the short will be released on video before launching on other venues
including the Internet. [Maud Kersnowski]
>> Festival Doc Screens At Utah Capitol
(indieWIRE/01.26.01) -- Sundance went to the Utah legislature Wednesday
when doc "Invisible Revolution" screened at the State House in Salt Lake
City to support a hate crimes amendment put to a final vote today in
the Senate. The film details the often violent subculture of white
supremacists and a youth-led counter movement, Anti-Racist Action (ARA).
"It was exciting to get into Sundance, but it's even better to be able
to use the leverage of Sundance to get these voices out and bring them
into the debate," filmmaker Beverly Peterson told indieWIRE. "Part of
the power [of this film] is it gives a voice to individuals we don't
often hear. The film speaks to why we need this [hate crimes
amendment]," said State Representative David Litvack, co-sponsor of the
legislation. "It's a common misperception that talking about hate is
divisive, but that's backwards."
"Hopefully this is something that legislators will take a good look at
because they are not usually sensitive to these issues," said Utah ACLU
Executive Director Carol Gnade. "They're the most likely to stick their
heads in the sand."
At the Capitol screening the audience consisted of state legislators,
interns and a large group of teenagers. Peterson, noting that the doc's
Park City screening drew an industry and festival crowd, was impressed
with the turn out at the capitol. "Kids aren't afraid of everything.
They're aware of what's going on with this [issue]," she explained.
Peterson noted that the film focuses on youth who are active on both
sides of the issues and features an 18-year-old Imperial Wizard of the
Knights of the White Camellia (a.k.a. the KKK).
The doc screens today at noon as part of The House of Docs/Gen-Y series.
Members of the ARA are expected to be in attendance. "You never can tell
with them. They're anarchists," commented Peterson. "The snow might stop
them." [Maud Kersnowski]
>> IFILM's Contest And Online Awards
(indieWIRE/01.26.01) --Tonight IFILM unveils their "I Shot the Band" contest and the Sports-utility vehicle prize that goes with it. The winner will follow a yet-to-be-announced band around the country documenting them from a Mitsubishi
Montero Sport tricked out with as much digital filmmaking equipment as the
four-wheeler can hold. Footage will be streamed weekly to IFILM's site. "I
Shot the Band" hopefuls can submit examples of their work to IFILM.com.
The contest launches a new partnership between Mitsubishi and IFILM.
The nominees for IFILM's first Online Movie Awards were also posted this
week. MediaTrip's "George Lucas in Love" led the count with six
nominations. For a complete list of nominees log on to IFILM.com.
The January 22, 2001 issue in the story "Controversial Doc Subject Speaks
Out" stated that Lisa Gier King was "charged with filing a false report
of rape." These charges were later dropped.