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Park City 98: indieBUZZ ++ 1.22.98

Park City 98: indieBUZZ ++ 1.22.98

Park City 98: indieWIRE BUZZ ++ 1.22.98

by indieWIRE

The indieWIRE fiesta (sponsored by ABSOLUT) came off without a hitch last night
(phew!) and left partiers humming El Vez’ politically-themed dittys well into
the night. By all accounts (even if we are rather biased), the event was a
success. Among the attendees, were busy attorney John Sloss, filmmaker Vincent
Gallo, filmmaker Nick Broomfield, filmmaker Bill Plympton, filmmaker Sarah
Jacobson, filmmaker Wonsuk Chin, actor Sam Rockwell, actor Steven Weber, actor
Ronald Guttman, actress Robin Tunney, actor Henry Thomas, a host of folks from MTV, producer Gill
Holland, producer R.J. Cutler, Sundance programmers Lisa Viola & Trevor Groth,
the folks from “Hav Plenty,” filmmaker Matthew Harrison, filmmaker Marina
Zenovich, the folks from “River Red,” Next Wave’s Peter Broderick, Hamtpons
fest head Bruce Feinberg, and arriving late after trip from SoCal were the
LAIFF’s Linda Rattner & Robert Faust, not to mention a host of others that
BUZZ is just too tired to recall.

On the acquisitions front, news of three pickups spread throughout last night’s party: One of this year’s crowd and
industry faves, Marc Levin’s “Slam“, which was indeed picked up by Trimark,
in a deal valued at $2 million plus. The film was repped by John Sloss, who
is having a boffo fest, having been involved in multiple pickups. The second
film nabbed was last year’s Slamdance winner, “The Bible and Gun Club“, directed
by Daniel J. Harris, which was signed by a new, yet-to-be-named distrib, started
by ex-Island Films chief, Chris Blackwell. The deal, for an unnamed sum, was for
worldwide rights. News of the third acquisition surrounded a film that made its
debut in the fall. Tim Kirkman’s “Dear Jesse“, which screened at the 1997
Hamptons International Film Festival, was snapped up by the recently formed
Cowboy Films, headed by John Vanco, formerly of Miramax and Toronto
programmer/Filmmaker Magazine contributing editor, Noah Cowan.

across town the folks at Slamdance hosted a vodka-themed, Elvis-influenced
fete. indieWIRE received a press release late yesterday positioning our
“Sundance” party at odds with the Slamdance event — but we are just not gonna

Finally, some are wondering whether the behavior that filmmaker Todd
Phillips documented in his Sundance competition film “Frat House” may have
rubbed off a bit. The director verbally lashed out at indieWIRE party door
staff last night after he was initially stopped from trying to re-enter the
ended event. Phillips convinced staff that he needed back in to find his cell
phone, then turned on crew and began cursing them. He swiftly made his way back
inside, but was rapidly sidetracked by the chance to chat up John Sloss.

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