ShoWest ShowCase Indie Films Announced
by Mark Rabinowitz
ShoWest has announced the lineup for its inaugural "ShoWest ShowCase: An
Evening of Independent Film," picking films from both indie distribs and
studio specialty divisions, including two films that screened at the
recently concluded Sundance Film Festival. The independents selected were
Banner Entertainment's "Under Heaven," and Stratosphere Entertainment's
recent pickup "One Good Cop." "Heaven," directed by Meg Richman, was
described by Andrea Alsberg in the 1998 Sundance catalog as "remarkably
sensual from start to finish," and is a mix of film noir and melodrama,
while Bruno Barreto's latest film "One Good Cop" was described by star
Stephen Baldwin as "a fucking old school cop movie" at a Stratosphere press
conference at Sundance.
The two studio specialty division films are Miramax's "The Mighty" and Sony
Picture's Classics' "The Opposite of Sex." "The Mighty," directed by Peter
Chelsom and written by Charles Leavitt and Rodman Philbrick from
Philbrick's novel, is a story about the relationship between two young
misfits and their friendship. It co-stars Kieran Kulkin, Gillian Anderson,
Harry Dean Stanton and Gena Rowlands. Sony's "Sex" was written and directed
by first-time helmer Don Roos, (scr-"Love Field," "Single White Female" and
"Boys on the Side") and is a darkly funny tale about homophobia, gender
relations and how not to raise a sixteen year-old girl in today's world.
The films will play on Monday, March 9th at 6pm and 9pm at Century
Theatres' Orleans 12 in Las Vegas.