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The Road To Zanzibar; D.FILM Online; Troia Lineup; and Slamdance NYC

The Road To Zanzibar; D.FILM Online; Troia Lineup;
and Slamdance NYC

Compiled by Aaron Krach and Mark Rabinowitz




>> The proliferation of film festivals has reached a new frontier, East
Africa. From July 11-18th, the first Zanzibar International Film
Festival
will be held in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The focus will be on films
from what are loosely referred to as the Dhow countries: Africa, Gulf
countries, Iran, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and the islands of the
Indian Ocean. As the first festival of its kind, ZIFF will provide the
residents of Tanzania an opportunity to watch films related to their own
cultural background. In addition to formal screenings, mobile screenings
will bring films to 26 villages on the islands of Unguja and Pemba.


Over 100 films are scheduled, including several thematic panoramas;
including The Sheherazade International Panorama for films exploring
"illusion and reality," Village Panoramas highlighting environmental
concerns and series focusing on Women and Children's rights. While most
of the films are unfamiliar in the West, there are a few films that have
garnered some international exposure, including Singapore's Eric Khoo
("Mee Pook Man")'s acclaimed film "12 Storeys" and from Guinea, Mohammed
Camara's "Dakan" which is screening at Los Angeles' Outfest and New
York's Lesbian/Gay film festival this month.


[For more information, check out the fest's web site at:
<www.zanzibar.org/ziff>]


>> D.FILM, one of two traveling digital film festivals - the other being
ResFest - is launching The New Venture, an online festival of films
created specifically for the Internet. Created by Jason Wishnow with a
grant from the Stanford Arts and Technology Initiative, The New Venture
will present a new film each week, with the first film being the world
premiere of Rodney Ascher's "Alfred." The film was shot with a 35mm
still camera, and the photographs were then animated in Adobe's After
Effects to create the film. Ascher was half of the filmmaking duo Rodney
and Syd, whose previous short, "Somebody Goofed," premiered in D.FILM's
traveling festival last year.


>> The Troia International Film Festival, Portugal's largest film event,
has announced the 8 feature films that will compete in its American
Independents competition. The event, set to run from June 4-13, features
films ranging from 1997 Slamdance Film Festival winner "The Bible And
Gun Club" by Daniel Harris, to 1998 Sundance screener, "Under Heaven" by
Meg Richman. The remaining six films are: "First Love, Last Rites" by
Jesse Peretz, starring Natasha Gregson-Wagner and Giovanni Ribisi; Thom
Fitzgerald's "The Hanging Garden", winner of Canada's Genie prize about
a young gay man's returning home; "Lover Girl" by Lisa Addari and Joe
Syracuse, starring Sandra Bernhard; "Slaves Of Hollywood", by Terry
Keefe and Michael Wechsler; Darren Stein's Hamptons International Film Festival notable
"Sparkler" starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. ("The House of Yes"), Veronica
Cartwright and Park Overall , and "Trouble On The Corner" starring Tony
Goldwyn and directed by Alan Madison.


>> Following their screenings at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington,
D.C., the Slamdance Film Festival is presenting a day of screenings in
New York City at The Screening Room. On Thursday, June 25th from
4 p.m. - 1 a.m. The TriBeCa movie house will host a selection of four feature
films and five shorts from recent Slamdance festivals, focusing on East
Coast filmmakers. Films scheduled to screen are: 1998 Jury Feature
Award-winner "Surrender Dorothy" by Kevin DiNovis; "Scrapple" by
Christopher Hanson; Marina Zenovich's indie insider doc "Independent's
Day
" which includes interviews with Steven Soderbergh, Tom DiCillo, Neil
La Bute, Greg Mottola and many others, and Daniel Kraus' "Jefftowne," a
documentary portrait of Jeff Towne, a 40-year-old man with Down's
Syndrome who lives with a mixture of childlike amazement, asolescent
sexuality and a sense that he can use his condition as a way to get away
with bad behavior.


[Tickets will go on sale at the Screening Room at 3:00 PM the day of the
screenings. Call 212 334 2100 for information.]

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