Slamdance Script Winners; Raindance Lineup; Kudzu
Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz
>> Slamdance Announces Screenplay Winners
"Dying to Leave," a screenplay by Katherine Alfieri, took first place in
the Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition, picking up $2,000
cash in the 3rd annual contest. Second place and $1,000 went to Arthur
Bicknell and Ted Enik for their script, "Malevergreen," and T.S. Faull's
"Hallowed Ground" was the third-place winner, nabbing $500. In addition
to the cash, each winner receives introductions to a major literary
agency and film studio. The awards will be presented at the Slamdance
Film Festival in Park City in January, 1999. This year's winners were
culled from an entry pool of 1,020 scripts, a more than 30 percent
increase over last year.
In addition to the United States, scripts were submitted from several
countries, including New Zealand, Germany and England, among others.
According to a Slamdance release, last year's winner,
"Chinaware-Fragile," by Christine DeSmet, Robert Shill and Peggy
Williams has been optioned by New Line Cinema. The Honorable Mentions
for this year's competition were "Road to Hell," by Trevor Munson;
"Paparazza," by Gail Lerner & Colin Campbell, and "Fairhope USA," by
Anthony Di Pietro, while the Finalists were "About Face," by Howard
Harband; "What Doesn't Kill You," by Dan D'Amelio; "Roboticide," by
Miller DuVall; "Mamu," by David John Basilio; "Bedroom Town," by
Christopher Hawthorne, and "Road Rage," by Lenny Juliano.
>> Raindance Kicks Off October 22nd, Lineup Solid
The 1998 Raindance Film Showcase kicks off on October 22nd with a
screening of Jake West's "Razor Blade Smile" and wraps on October 30th
with the British premiere screening of Lance Mungia's "Six String
Samurai." In between, Raindance will present 7 world premieres, 10
European premieres, 9 additional British premieres and three English
premieres, in addition to various seminars and panel discussions. In
addition, the Showcase features a pitch contest, enabling contestants to
pitch their ideas to film industry execs.
World premieres at the event include Justin Baldwin's "Cash in Hand,"
"Metalheadz - The Metalheadz Documentary," Darren Ward's "Sudden Fury,"
Paul Spurrier's "Underground" from the UK, and "Tripping in the Dark,"
Kevin Willmott's "Ninth Street" and Steve Balderson's "Pep Squad," from
the U.S. Raindance's release had no directors listed for either
"Metalheadz" or "Tripping in the Dark," which was a late entry to the
Among other films screening are several films from the 1998 Los Angeles
Independent Film Festival, including award-winner "Broken Vessels,"
directed by Scott Ziehl; the European premiere of John Reis'
"Cleopatra's Second Husband"; the European premiere of Rocky Collins'
"Pants on Fire"; the European premiere of Adam Goldberg's "Scotch &
Milk"; and Nick Davis' "1999" and the European premiere of Chris Chan
Lee's "Yellow," both of which screened at the 1997 LAIFF. Other
selections include Jimmy Smallhorne's Sundance and Gen Art fest screener
"2 X 4" (British Premiere) and the British premiere of Jim McKay's
October Films release "Girls Town."
>> 1998 Kudzu Fest Launches On Wednesday
The 1998 Kudzu (formally Athens) Film Festival opens tomorrow (October
7th) in Athens, Georgia, with the screening of several festival faves,
including Elizabeth Schub's well-traveled and multiple award-winning
"Cuba 15," Carrie Ansell's "Flushed," and Derek M. Cianfrance's "Brother
Tied." The fest is especially strong in short films, this year,
including Nicholas Goodman's "Swing Blade" and David Birdsell's "Phil
In addition to the lineup of regular screenings, the fest includes
several special events, including a screening of Darren Aronofsky's
"Pi," presented by Sundance Channel, InterMedia and Artisan
Entertainment and a screening of Hilary Brougher's "The Sticky Fingers
of Time," presented by Strand Releasing. A regular feature of Kudzu are
the daily "Morning Coffee" gatherings, featuring guests such as producer
and producer's rep, Bob Hawk; Strand Releasing Co-President Marcus Hu
and indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez, and Athens-based filmmaker Linda Tadic
and film and video director, James Herbert ("Scars").
The fest also features several seminars, including "Financing Your Indie
Film," with guests including several Georgia-based attorneys and
bankers, and Athens filmmakers Kamala Lyons and Todd Sapre and "Digital
Post Production," featuring Charley Eidsvik from the University of
Georgia's Department of Drama Media Area and Mark Jordan, the co-creator