SF Washes Brains; Midnight Indies In NYC;
Chicago Alt.fest Bets On Liar's Poker; Austin Adds Panelists

Compiled by Aaron Krach and Mark Rabinowitz

>> The Fourth Annual Brainwash Movie Festival is set to take place July 3-6
at SOMAR, (The South of Market Cultural Center) in San Francisco. George
and Mike Kuchar will be choosing the First and Grand Prizes, to be
awarded following Sunday night's screening of "Space Cowgirls". Films to
screen, include "Accident" by Peter Besson & King Hollis, "Lucia's
" by indieWIRE contributor Joshua Moss, "Big Mouth
" by Hock Hian Wong and "Magic Miracle Man" by Paul Kwap. For
more information, check out www.somarts.org

>> "Midnight Indies," a summer long series of midnight screenings kicks off
on June 26th and 27th with "Sex Lies & Videotape," at the Screening Room
in Manhattan. Sponsored by Movieline Magazine and Remy Martin, the
series was "established to support innovation, passion and -- above all --
independence in the arts." Other films scheduled include: "Bound,"
"Chasing Amy," "Dazed & Confused," "The Last Seduction," "Sid and
," "Fargo," "Wild at Heart," "Pulp Fiction," and "The Player."

>> "Liar's Poker," directed by Jeff Santo was honored with three awards at
the Chicago Alt.film Festival; Best Feature, Best Screenplay and Best
Director. Actors from "Liar's Poker," Richard Tyson and Jimmy Blondell
won Best Actor and Best Debut Performance, respectively. Best Actress
Award went to Edie McClurg for her work in "Ted." Josh Weil was honored
with the Best Short Award for "Wild Geese."

>> Writer/directors Paul Schrader ("Light Sleeper," "Affliction") and
Michael Mann ("Heat," "The Last of the Mohicans") have been added to the
lineup of the Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference. Other
panelists confirmed so far include Academy Award winning writer Brian
Helgeland ("L.A. Confidential"), writer/director John Landis ("Animal
," "The Blues Brothers") and writer Kevin Williamson ("Scream,"
TV's "Dawson's Creek").