by Eugene Hernandez
"Michael Barker saw our film at the videotape library," an enthusiastic
producer told indieWIRE on the final day of the IFFM. He continued, "We
are talking with Next Wave and Jonathan Sehring really likes it."
"The Buzz" is the guiding force at The Market, whether it is fueled by a
filmmaker or comes from one of the attendees scouting for movies -- "Seen
anything good lately?" quickly becomes the greeting of choice. As the
Market drew to a close late last week, indieWIRE began anonymously
surveying a handful of festival programmers and a leading member of the
indie community to get the inside word on the best of IFFM '98.
Two narrative films stood out as the most mentioned movies: Julian
Goldberger's "Trans" which recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival,
and Bruce Sweeney's "Dirty" which screened in the New Voices, Canada
section of the IFFM. On the non-fiction side, Joseph Lovett's
personal documentary, "The Accident," clearly struck a chord with survey
participants -- it was the most mentioned non-fiction movie. Other oft
mentioned films included Colleen Smith's narrative feature "Drylongso
(ordinary)" which was an award winner at the Film Arts Foundation festival
in San Francisco and is heading to the Hamptons Fest next month, William
Roth's "Floating," and the work of George Spyros: the feature length "Last
Days of May" and work in progress entitled, "Where We're Born." Another
work in progress that was singled out by a few festival programmers was Sam
Green's new documentary, "The Weather Underground."
Other movies that were mentioned by at least two survey participants
include Andrew Shea's "The Corndog Man," Alan Fraser's "Next Time," Dean
Pollack's "Show & Tell," Tamara Hernandez's "Men Cry Bullets," and Julia
Query's "Live! Nude! Girls! Unite!"
All but one of the individuals approached for this unscientific survey
agreed to participate, as long as their identities were kept anonymous.
Interestingly the one hold-out, the head of a well known company, refused
for competitive reasons -- he sincerely explained that he wanted to avoid
giving his favorite movies too much attention, lest they get called by
Miramax once this article is published. "But I look forward to reading the
article," he commented as I made my way back downstairs at the Angelika.
Check out indieWIRE's coverage of the 1998 IFFM @ indieWIRE.com:
>> (Sep 24, 1998) Socially Speaking; Composers at the IFFM; Dockers Tour
Expands in '99
>> (Sep 22, 1998) Clowns and Punks in Phllip Glau's "Circus Redickuless"
>> (Sep 21, 1998) "Trafficking" No Borders with "After Hours" writer Joseph
>> (Sep 18, 1998) Market Veteran Doug Block Goes "Home" in New Doc
>> (Jul 22, 1998) The IFP Announces 1998 No Borders Projects
>> (Jul 21, 1998) Complete List of 1998 IFFM No Borders Projects
>> (Jul 15, 1998) Complete List of 1998 IFFM Films
>> indieWIRE also contributed coverage to the Indepdent Film Channel's