By Brian Brooks | Indiewire September 23, 2009 at 6:50AM
Film Sales Company takes on Stone's "South of the Border"
The Film Sales Company's Andrew Herwitz announced that it has signed on to represent the North American rights to Oliver Stone’s documentary "South of The Border" on the eve of its US premiere in New York at an event hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and timed to coincide with the annual United Nations General Assembly. The film, which premiered internationally last month at the Venice Film Festival, explores the "complicated relationship between the United States and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a figure who engenders extreme reactions worldwide and delves more generally into how the US often responds when it finds tself with an agenda at odds with the policies and stances pursued by many of its South American neighbors." Among those expected on hand for the NY screening include Oliver Stone, much of the cast of "Wall Street," which he is currently shooting in NYC, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuala, President Evo Morales of Bolivia and other South American leaders. (Editor's Note: indieWIRE will be covering the event Wednesday night.)
BAFTA/LA to Fete De Niro
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) will honor multi Academy Award-winning and BAFTA nominated actor and director Robert De Niro with its most prestigious film award, the "Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film," at the 2009 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards on Thursday, November 5th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. De Niro will next star in Miramax Films’ “Everything’s Fine” which opens nationwide on December 4th.
Deadline Approaches for 2010 FIND Directors Lab
Designed to "help directors who are prepping their feature films, Film Independent's Directors Lab is an intensive eight-week program running in Los Angeles each winter. The primary focus of the Lab is on learning to work with actors and the rehearsal process. Under the guidance of the lab instructor, Directors Lab Fellows select short scenes from their scripts to workshop." Additionally, Lab Fellows have one-on-one meetings with established directors and other industry professionals who act as advisors on the participants' projects. Deadline, October 5. For more information and to apply, visit Film Independent's website.
"Butterfly" named winner of $100K Doorpost prize
The Doorpost Film Project announced this year’s winning films on Saturday, September 19 at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre. The grand prize was awarded to Joshua Weigel’s “The Butterfly Circus,” starring Eduardo Verástegui (“Bella”) and Nick Vujicic (“Life Without Limbs”), which takes place at the height of the Great Depression and tells the story of a charismatic ringleader in a circus providing hope for the hopeless. Michael Regalbuto, a final round member in last year's competition, and his brother Nick Regalbuto, landed second place and $35,000 for their film “La Premiere.” Brent McCorkle, who appeared on the FOX reality show "On the Lot," rounds out the top three receiving $25,000 for his film “The Rift.” Finally, this year’s “Filmmaker’s Choice Award” and $15,000 was presented to Greg Kwedar for “Guest Room.” For more information about this year's winners and the competition, visit the Doorpost website.
Rotterdam Fest accepting applications for "Trainee Project for Young Film Critics
The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), taking place January 27 - February 7, is accepting applications for the 12th IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics taking place during the 39th festival edition. The program is a talent development project that offers up to six young (under 30 years), motivated and talented professional film critics from outside The Netherlands a chance to travel abroad and cover a major international film festival, the IFFR. Send applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org and visit IFFR's website for more information.
Hot Docs and Global Vision Fest Lanuch "Doc Soup Screening Series" in Edmonton
Hot Docs is partnering with the Global Visions Film Festival to launch its Doc Soup screening series in Edmonton this December. Films selected for each city’s Doc Soup series will be premieres in those markets and guest directors will also be present at select screenings. Films will be programmed by Sean Farnel, Hot Docs’ Director of Programming, and his team, in consultation with local partners. Toronto’s Doc Soup will launch its eighth season in October. For more information about the program, visit their website.
Variety: Spain's Alta takes four Toronto pics
Alta Films, Spain's top arthouse/crossover distributor, has closed Spanish rights on four Toronto players: Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story," "A Good Heart," "Lourdes" and "I Am Love." John Hopewell reports.
THR: Lionsgate picks up rights to Gaghan pic
Lionsgate has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the next film from writer-director Stephen Gaghan. Gaghan, who last wrote and directed the political drama "Syriana," will direct and produce the untitled action thriller about an elite deep cover operative who becomes a Brooklyn beat cop and fights a global organization. Jay A. Fernandez reports.
Screen: Jose Campanella’s "Secret" emerges as early favourite at San Sebastian
Jose Campanella’s "The Secret Of Their Eyes" has emerged as the frontrunner for the Golden Shell just days after the San Sebastian International Film Festival kicked off (September 18). The romantic crime drama screened on Sunday and was praised by both the press and the public. Chris Evans reports.
LAT: The Coen brothers' "A Serious Man": More Jewish than matzo balls?
After seeing the picture myself last night, I'm betting that we won't see many rabbis using the movie as a starting point for any Yom Kippur sermons. Patrick Goldstein gives his two cents on the film.