U.S. Comedy Arts Fest Launches Indie Film Program
by Mark Rabinowitz
With a modest slate of five features, the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival is
gearing up to present independent feature films for the first time. This
year's event, held in Aspen, Colorado from March 4-8 will also offer
usual slate of tributes (Monty Python and Larry Gelbart), animation and
short films. While this year's event contains only five feature films,
the festival's Director of Film Programming Kevin Haasarud indicated
that they'd like to program more independent featurs as a part of the
Comedy Arts festival in future years, but he indicated that they were
not interested in starting a stand-alone film festival.
The lineup includes the debut feature from "South Park" creators of Trey
Parker (director) and Matt Stone (producer) "Cannibal! The Musical;"
"Hacks" by Gary Rosen; Sam Seder & Charles Fisher's "Who's The
Caboose?"; Jeremiah Bosgang's award-winning "Good Money", and Michael
Moore's upcoming Miramax release "The Big One." The independents shorts
lineup includes animator Corky Quakenbush's "Reinfather"; Lara Harris'
"9 + 1/2 Minutes"; Karl Slovin's "Looking Good"; "Battle of the Sexes"
by Eric Kripke; "*69" by Erin Cassidy; Geoffrey Gottlieb's "Aquaphobia";
Jessica Yu's "Better Late"; Todd Louiso's "The Fifteen Minute Hamlet"
and Will Speck and Josh Gordon's Hamptons International Film Festival
In addition, the fest will screen the documentary work-in-progress
"Lenny Bruce: Swear To Tell the Truth," a film directed by Robert B.
Weide, to air on HBO in December.
[For more information, contact the festival at (970) 544-1600]