Williamson Leaving Focus Post; Here! Plans; "#9" Nabbed; and a Nerve Film
by Brian Brooks, Eugene Hernandez, and Wendy Mitchell
INDUSTRY MOVES: Glenn Williamson is leaving his post as president of production at Focus Features later this year. The exec will become a producer with a deal at Focus and he will remain based at the Focus offices in Los Angeles. Williamson joined Focus predecessor USA Films in 2001 after spending seven years as an exec at Dreamworks.
Jessica Uzzan, of the late Magic Lantern PR, will join Jeff Hill at the International House of Publicity part-time starting this month and she'll go full-time beginning in August.
MOVERMAN DIRECTS: Among those in attendance at the "Madame Sata" premiere in New York on Wednesday, hosted by Wellspring and Nerve, was writer Oren Moverman who is making the leap to directing with "Cordless," a new film that will be produced by Nerve. Moverman wrote the script for "Jesus' Son" and co-wrote last year's "Face." Tech problems at the premiere of Karim Ainouz' "Sata" made for an earlier than expected post-screening party at Flow. Partiers headed over to the venue and began sipping beverages.
WELLSPRING'S REVOLUTION: Wellspring has acquired rights to Tim McCann's "Revolution #9." The psychological thriller, from Exile Productions, stars Michael Risley, Adrienne Shelly and Spalding Gray. "Revolution" played the festival circuit including stops in Telluride, Toronto and Tribeca, and it nabbed up prizes in Nantucket and at the Mar Del Plata Film Festival.
HERE! PLANS: Paul Colichman and Stephen P. Jarchow have announced the launch of here! Pay Per View, a new queer-themed channel on DIRECTV. It will launch at the end of August. Additionally, Colichman and Jarchow's here! FILMS has announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to Christian Taylor's directorial debut, "Showboy." With appearances by Siegfried & Roy and Whoopi Goldberg, the film follows Taylor's attempts to become a Las Vegas showboy dancer after he is fired from his post as writer for "Six Feet Under." Taylor won an Emmy for his work writing for the popular HBO series.
KNOWLES CAMERO: Ain't It Cool News guru Harry Knowles has a cameo in the forthcoming feature "No Pain No Gain." In this story about a bodybuilder with integrity, Knowles appears in a scene set at an L.A. party where he plays a "not-so-kind film critic." Other notable cameos come from Jill Mills, the world's strongest woman, and musician Joe "King" Carasco. For info, visit http://www.no-pain-no-gain.com.
READINGS AND PORN IN PHILLY: The Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival kicks off tonight in The Bity of Brotherly lLove. Among the events scheduled is a staged reading of the comedy "White Boy Blues," which writer Howard Gertler guarantees will be "a sexy howl-fest, and even an after party." Said Gertler, "In the tradition of 'Harold and Maude,' 'The Graduate' and 'After Hours,' 'White Boy Blues' is a sexy, seriocomic journey of romance and self-discovery." And, sure to make Republican homophobic Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum squirm in his britches, the fest will present, "Directors Summit: The Men Behind the Men," a panel of six of gay porn's most prominent directors including Bruce Cam, Chi Chi LaRue, John Rutherford, Joe Gage, Michael Lucas and Steven Scarborough. The festival promises "an evening of candid (and no doubt highly explicit) conversation."
"EVENHAND" PACT: The South Texas story "Evenhand," directed by Joe Pierson and written by Mike Jones, has secured a small screen distribution deal, accoding to Variety. The film will air on Sundance Channel and be released on home video by Hart Sharp.
BUTTAFUOCO CAMEO: After his porn days, Joey Buttafuoco is now trying his hand at acting in an indie feature called "Gangsta Mafia." The Long Island Lothario started shooting earlier this week in Los Angeles. He takes the lead role in this film about an Italian crime boss who ventures into South Central. Darryl Wharton-Rigby is directing for Sound Boy Entertainment Productions.