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Hatian Fest; Kudzu Winners

Hatian Fest; Kudzu Winners

Hatian Fest; Kudzu Winners

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz and Eugene Hernandez

>> Haitian Fest Kicks Off In November

November 6th sees the kickoff of the 22nd annual Margaret Mead Film &
Video Festival
, screening at the American Museum of Natural History in
New York City, including the opening night selection of the New York
premiere of Raymond Depardon’s “Delits Flagrants” (“Caught in the Act”).
Highlights of this intriguing fest include a retrospective of Haitian
filmmaker Raoul Peck; a selection of films on Haitian Voodou, and a
selection of Taiwanese and Australian indigenous documentaries. Peck,
who until recently was Haiti’s Minister of Culture, will attend the
festival and discuss his works, including 1991’s “Lumumba: Death of a
,” a study of Patrice Lumumba, who became the first prime
minister elected after Congolese independence in 1960 and was
assassinated ten months later; 1994’s “Haiti-Silence of the Dogs,” and
the U.S. premiere of 1997’s “Chere Catherine…” about his final months
as minister of culture.
[Tickets can be purchased at (212) 769-5200, through TicketWeb at or at the Museum of Natural History. For information, call
(212) 769-5305 or visit the web at]

>>”Sparkler” and “Tied” Take Top Athens Kudzu Prizes

Darren Stein’s first feature film, “Sparkler,” starring Park Overall,
Freddie Prinze Jr., and Jamie Kennedy, won the audience award at the Kudzu
Film Festival in Athens, GA. The film’s Friday night screening at the
historic Morton Theater drew a large enthusiastic crowd and Stein attended
the four day festival last week. The film was recently acquired for
theatrical distribution by Strand Releasing and Stein is currently
completing his second feature, “Jawbreaker,” starring Rose McGowan (“Doom

At Kudzu’s closing ceremony following a jammed screening of the Artisan
release, “Pi,” the festival jury awarded its top prize to Derek
Cianfrance’s “Brother Tied.” The black and white feature which premiered
at Sundance, won a $750 cash award. Myra Paci’s “Girls Night Out” took the
best short jury award and the $250 prize, while the jury singled out David
Birdsell’s “Phil Touched Flo” for a special jury award for its “achievement
in creating a filmic haiku,” and Elizabeth Schub’s “Cuba 15” won a special
prize for its “achievement in portrait documentary.”

This year’s event was the inaugural Kudzu Film Festival, following the
departure of Juanita Giles as the head of the first Athens Film Festival in
1997. Athens Festival core organizers Paul Marchant and Todd Campbell
teamed with Nic Holt for the first Kudzu film festival. [Eugene Hernandez]


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