P'Town Winners, Koch Deal, Hamptons Screenings, HBO Party & More
by Wendy Mitchell
INDUSTRY MOVES: Bienvenida "Beni" Matías has been named the executive director of the Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers (AIVF). She had served as interim executive director for two months. Matías is a filmmaker and teacher who has worked for the Center for Arts Criticism in Minneapolis, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, ITVS, and WNYC-TV.
"EVERYDAY PEOPLE" PARTY: HBO Films hosted a screening and party of Jim McKay's "Everyday People" at Chelsea West Cinemas on Wednesday night. Loads of cast members were in attendance including Bridget Barkan, Andre Royo, Ron Butler, Syndee Stewart, Iris Little-Thomas, and Jordan Gelber along with McKay, his filmmaker wife Hannah Weyer, producer Effie T. Brown, and executive producer Nelson George (although another executive producer of the film, Michael Stipe, wasn't making the scene). After a packed screening, revelers headed to hot Chelsea club Marquee, where the culinary offerings were decidedly more luxe than the diner pickles featured in the film. Spotted among the partiers, a refreshingly diverse mix of people, was comedian Chris Rock.
BAFTAS SET: Mark your calendars, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that its 2005 honors will be held on Saturday, February 12. The ceremony will again return to London's Odeon Leicester Square. This year's winners had been announced on a Sunday, February 15.
KOCH DEAL: Koch Entertainment's home video division, Koch Vision, has acquired the remaining properties of Gaylord Production Company. Koch's first releases from the Gaylord catalog will be two volumes of restored and remastered cartoon series "The Adventures of The Galaxy Rangers." The DVD releases are due in October. Koch also plans to announce a publishing and merchandising deal for the Galaxy Rangers, a late '80s cult hit created by Robert Mandell. Other programs in the catalog include Shelley Duval's "Tall Tales and Legends," made-for-TV movies, docs, and educational programs.
MCKNIGHT WINNERS: The IFP/Minneapolis/St Paul has announced the 2004 McKnight Screenwriting Fellows: Susan Arakawa and Brad Pecelj. Each receives a $25,000 cash award, a public reading of their winning screenplay, and guarantees admission into the 2004 IFP Market. Arakawa's "Mankai" is about a young Japanese sushi chef who moves to Brooklyn, and Pecelj's "An Unforgettable Stranger" is a mystery/drama about a unhappy married couple who meet two strangers.
HIT THE BEACH: If summer in the Hamptons has too much P. Diddy and not enough art for you, have no fear. The Hamptons International Film Festival is presenting a series of film screenings in East Hampton and Sag Harbor. Filmmakers and cast members may be in attendance for the screenings, which will be paired with receptions or parties. The series starts July 2 with Stacy Peralta's surfing doc "Riding Giants," with Peralta and surfer Greg Noll in attendance. Other films set include "Touch of Pink," "A Home at the End of the World," and "Bright Young Things."
P'TOWN WINNERS: The sixth-annual Provincetown Film Festival ended last weekend, bestowing audience awards (presented by HBO) on three films. Michael Mayer's "A Home at the End of the World" won for best narrative feature; Deb Ellis & Denis Mueller's "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" won for best documentary feature; and Kerry Weldon's "Transit" was picked as best short. As was previously announced, Jim Jarmusch received Provincetown's Filmmaker on the Edge award.
DRAMA DOWN UNDER: The Sydney Film Festival may have hundreds of films, but over in Perth, they have the indie spirit. At the Revolution Perth Film Festival (July 1-11). Rev will open with Christoffer Boe's Danish infidelity tale "Reconstruction," and other narratives set to screen include Kazushi Watanabe's "19" (Japan), Ulrich Seidl's "Dog Days" (Austria), Annette K. Olesen's "In Your Hands" (Denmark), Greg Pak's "Robot Stories" (U.S.), and Ben Coccio's "Zero Day" (U.S.). Docs include "Bukowski: Born into This," "Screaming Men," "Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst," and "The Corporation." The program will include animated films, shorts, local films, Western Australian shorts, and a sidebar of music films. Special forums and master classes are also offered. For details, visit www.revelationfilmfest.org.