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DGA Winners Announced; Sundance Channel Picks Up A Flick; Gordon Parks Winners Announced

DGA Winners Announced; Sundance Channel Picks Up A Flick; Gordon Parks Winners Announced

Gordon Parks Winners Announced

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz

>> DGA Names Winners Of East Coast Student Film Awards, Columbia Sweeps

Columbia University has swept the 1998 DGA East Coast Student Film
Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino and women
, it was announced on Tuesday. The awards carry prizes of
$2,500 to the winner of each group, and each of the winning films will
be shown at the DGA’s New York theater on October 14th. The awards are
“designed to honor, encourage and bring attention to outstanding
minority and women film students in East coast film schools.” The
winners are as follows: Best African-American Student Filmmaker- Lisa
Collins, “Tree Shade“; Best Asian-American Student Filmmaker-Perry Lin,
17 Years to Earth“; Best Latino Student Filmmaker-Julia Salamanoff,
Siesta,” and Best Female Student Filmmaker- Caroline Kava, “Number

>> Sundance Channel Goes To The Shop For “Meat”

Sundance Channel has acquired the pay TV rights for the world premiere
of writer/director Allison Burnett’s “Red Meat“, a feature starring Lara Flynn
Boyle (“Happiness,” “Afterglow”), James Frain (“An Awfully Big Adventure”),
Jennifer Grey (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), Traci Lind (“The End of
Violence”), Stephen Mailer (“Cry-Baby”) and John Slattery (TV’s “Home
Front,” “Sleepers”). Set to world premiere on November 6th at 9PM E/P,
“Red Meat” kicks off a Sundance Channel commitment to acquire and air
films lacking a theatrical distributor. According to a press release,
the Channel has committed to airing a world premiere at least once every
other month. Burnett’s other writing credits include MGM/UA’s “Autumn in
New York
,” starring Richard Gere and Gregory Hines’ directorial debut,
Bleeding Hearts,” premiering on Cinemax in September. “Red Meat”
screened in the 1997 Cannes Film Festival market and at the 1998
Slamdance Film Festival.

>> Gordon Parks Winners Announced

The Independent Feature Project (IFP) named the recipients of the second
annual Gordon Parks Independent Film Awards during last week’s
Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM), and a $10,000 cash prize was
handed to each of two winners. Created to bring heightened awareness of
new Black independent filmmakers, and established at last year’s IFFM,
the Gordon Parks Awards helped cause a 300% rise in the number of
projects by African-Americans at the 1997 market. This year, a
Director’s Award was given to Craig Ross, Jr. for his work-in-progress
Cappuccino” and A Screenwriters Award was given to Tamika Lamison for
her script, “The Jar by the Door.” Scripts, works-in-progress, features
and shorts are all eligible for the Awards. The Awards are co-sponsored
by four Viacom divisions, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount
and Showtime Networks, and in addition to the cash prize, each
winner receives an invitation to discuss distribution with one of the
participating divisions, and the Directors Award winner will receive a
screening at Independents Night!, a monthly screening series of the IFP
and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. This year’s Awards jury was
Gordon Parks, filmmakers Neema Barnette and Charles Burnett, DEF
President Preston Holmes, Harvard professor of African American
studies Cornel West and Pulitzer-prize winning playwright August Wilson.

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