Underground Fest Puts Money Where Mouth Is
by Aaron Krach
Four films were chosen by FilmCore, the group responsible for the New York Underground Film Festival, as winners of the first annual FilmCore Post Production Fund. Each of the projects will receive a cash award ranging from $600 to $1000 towards the completion of their film. The winners include: "Year of the Pig," by Greg McKean and Dan Sykes, a feature-length documentary about life in today's Viet Nam; "Blue Diary," by Jenni Olson, an experimental short about lesbian desire; "A Waiter Tomorrow," by Mike Kang, a short comedy about waiters in a sushi restaurant; and "Monolethea," a "Manson Family meets the Wizard of Oz fantasy trip" by Psychelicious-n-Junkman.
"The New York Underground Film Festival spearheaded the rise of underground, do-it-yourself film festivals. Now we're giving back to the community with do-it-yourself funding," says NYUFF director Ed Halter. "We will not let commercial production companies and politically-minded government agencies call the shots anymore on what receives grants. There's almost no funding out there for shorts and experimental work. Every festival should be doing this."
The grant winners will be celebrated at FilmCore's 1998 Benefit Bash, Wednesday, January 28, in NYC's Lower East Side. The event will feature performances from extreme comedy stylist FaceBoy and swimsuit-clad rockers Bikini Contest.
[For more information on FilmCore and the 5th Annual NYUFF, call 212.592.0900 or visit www.nyuff.com]