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ShowWest ShowCase Shows Indies

by Mark Rabinowitz




At its 1998 convention at Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas, ShowWest is gearing
up to present the inaugural ShowWest ShowCase "An Evening of Independent
Film," on Monday, March 9th as the convention's opening night program. Show
West's exhibitor committee is currently in the process of selecting films,
with the final number set to be in the mid-single digits. The films are
being chosen not simply on their artistic merits, but also for their
indie/mainstream crossover potential and for their box office potential. In
the past several years, independent film has become a large part of the
annual global box office and awards ceremonies, with several 1997 Academy
Awards going to indies, and nominations going to many more. In a prepared
statement, ShowWest President Daniel Wheatcroft said, "ShowWest is where
'new' Hollywood meets 'old' Hollywood, and these screenings reflect the
realities of the motion picture business where independent film is more
important than ever. We look forward to this event becoming an important
annual forum for independent film."


The screenings are set for 6pm and 9pm, with a reception in between for
ShowWest delegates to meet with representatives of independent and
quasi-independent distributors such as: Miramax, Sony Pictures Classics,
Live Entertainment, Strand Releasing, New Yorker Films, Overseas
Filmgroup
/First Look Pictures and Artificial Eye Film Company. Screenings
are to take place at General Cinema's new Orleans 12 in the Orleans Hotel.

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