Park City 98: indieBUZZ ++ 1.18.98
At the end of Nick Broomfield's canceled Sundance film, "Kurt and Courtney,"
the filmmaker speculates on-camera about the efforts that may be made to
suppress the movie and he vows to document any such attempts. We wouldn't be
surprised if yesterday's jammed press conference in a small condo at Mountain
Village makes the final cut. A wide array of journalists from national dailes,
magazines, online and overseas crammed into Broomfield's publicists' living room
for a brief session. The upshot? Park City may get a chance to see the film after
Acknowledging that he has indeed been approached by Slamdance as an alternate
venue for his brand new 35mm print of the film, Broomfield admitted that while
the movie will not screen at Sundance, a Park City screening could still happen.
He explained, "Slamdance have approached us, we have absolutely no plans, it's
something that I want to do, it's something that I haven't arranged, it's
something that we're thinking about doing...it's a possibilty."
At the top of mainstreet, organizers at Slamdance are understandably keeping
discussions close to the vest. Whether or not a screening takes place this
week, don't be surprised if this movie is too hot for even Slamdance to handle.
Given what you already know, would you want Courtney Love's laywers on your back?
With Broomfield and team trying to position this battle as one over a filmmaker's
freedom of expression, the specific reasons for Sundance's 11th hour cancellation
have yet to be adequately addressed, a point not missed by the press corp.
During and after the press conference, a number of reporters expressed
frustration over both the Institute and the filmmaker's silence with regard to
concrete explanations for the removal. Broomfield confirmed that Festival head
Geoff Gilmore has expressed his own frustration with the situation, and at a
press conference yesterday, Robert Redford commented, "I hope, just in the
interests of independent film andwhat we're about, he'll have the opportunity
to exhibit the film." What gives? Finally, while quickly departing the press
conference, indieWIRE asked Broomfield point blank if E&O insurance-related
issues forced Sundance's hand (as has been indicated to indieWIRE by sources
close to the situation). Broomfield refused to acknowledge the inquiry, offered
a "thank you very much," and quickly made his way out of the room. Maybe the
answer will make it into the final cut.
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Discussing "Buffalo 66" at its overwhelmingly successful screening yesterday,
Vincent Gallo lashed out at audiece members who ask "the budget question."
"I go to Sundance all the time and I get that question and everyone applauds
when it's a low budget," he said, "but I'll tell you all independent films cost
he same amount of money -- it's film processing -- andwhen you have movie that's
under-budget that means that fifty people starved to make that movie...working on
a movie is a lot of work, these people should be paid."
Finally, acknowleding the work of his film's cutter, Gallo praised, "I want to
thank Gus Van Zant for selling out so that I could use his editor
Curtis Clayton, who did a great job."