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The Buzz from Park City, 1/22/99

Park City Buzz: Pierson Proposes Ending Awards; Party Crashing; Possible G n' R
Reunion;
Perry Farrell At Slamdance; Digital Filmmaking Portal Announced

Compiled by Eugene Hernandez




>> Pierson Proposes Ending Sundance Awards

In an article that will surely fuel Park City cocktail party
conversation,
John Pierson is suggesting that Sundance end its practice of presenting
awards.
In an article published in the latest issue of Premiere Magazine,
Pierson writes
that at a recent Festival advisory board meeting he suggested, "Here's a

radical idea. If you want to level the playing field, get rid of all the

damn prizes." According to Pierson, Festival Co-Director Nicole
Guillemet told the group that Robert Redford agrees. The discussion, and

ultimate rejection, of Pierson's proposal followed Guillemet's news that

the American Spectrum will now have an Audience Award. While in town
this week, John Pierson will be holding court at the Independent Film
Channel's "Split Screen Outpost," where he will dispense advice and
moderate online lunchtime chats with filmmakers Errol Morris, Mike
Figgis, Chris Smith, and the Hughes Brothers, among others.

>> Party Crashing

Just in time for Park City party-going, Film Threat publisher Chris Gore
has
unveiled the "The Top 10 Lines to Use When Crashing a Party in Park
City" --
the list is published in his new book, "The Ultimate Film Festival Party
Guide."
While stand-by lines like "I need to use the bathroom" and "I left my
cellular
phone in there" made the Top Ten, a less likely entry was, "Karen put me
on
the list," Gore claims, "There's always a Karen in every crowd. Try
other
common names like Bob, Harvey, Geoff or Cassian." As for the old
favorite,
"I'm with the press," Chris Gore advised that it is "guaranteed to work
better
when you feign an accent. People dig a French accent or a British
accent." Chris Gore will be at Slamdance on Sunday for a 6 p.m. fireside

chat, followed by a book party at Dolly's on Main Street at 6 p.m.

>> Guns n' Roses Reunion??

Arguably the most talked about Park City party so far is Sunday's bash
celebrating the Slamdance movie, "Soundman." Rumors of a post-screening
party that would reunite Guns n' Roses began swirling on indieWIRE's
Park
City Central message board last month, and last week the party nabbed
coverage from Variety and MTV. Apparently concerned that interest in the

celebration would overshadow their festival, a Slamdance organizer
contacted
indieWIRE over the weekend to reaffirm that, "film always comes first
for us."
A few days later "Soundman" PR rep Linda Brown told indieWIRE that
because
of intense interest in the party, the "Soundman" filmmakers have decided

to move the party to a larger space. Brown offered that all "Soundman"
screening
attendees will be given a ticket to the post-showing party which will
indeed offer a musical performance by former members of Guns n' Roses
and others. Set to take the stage on Sunday are G n' R's Slash, Duff
McKagan, Matt Sorum and Teddy "ZigZag" Andreadis, with Cypress Hills'
Sen-Dog Reyes.

>> Perry Farrell Expected at Slamdance

Organizers confirmed late last week that Jane's Addiction's Perry
Farrell will
be on hand for Slamdance's opening night movie, "Three Days." The film,
which
is repped by Sloss Special Projects, is a documentary about the band's
1997
"I-Itz M'My Party" Relapse Tour.

>> Digital Filmmaking Internet Portal Announced

Coinciding with a presence at Sundance, the RES Media crew (creators of
RES
Magazine, and the RES Fest Digital Film Festival) are launching
www.digitalfilmmaking.com, "a portal site dedicated to digital cinema."
The site, offering resources, how-to articles, an event calendar,
interviews, and festival links, will be the most extensive resource on
the subject. The site is expected to launch today.

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