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Hot Springs Fest; San Sebastian Awards; Santa Barbara Kids Fest

Hot Springs Fest; San Sebastian Awards; Santa Barbara Kids Fest

Hot Springs Fest; San Sebastian Awards; Santa Barbara Kids Fest

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz

>> Hot Springs Announces Lineup

The 1998 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival kicks off its 7th year
with a screening of Ron Fricke’s 1992 film, the dialogue-free,
environmentally-themed “Baraka.” Although the “Baraka” has previously
screened at the festival, the organizers thought that the film fit this
year’s festival theme, “Discover Us…Rediscover Your World.” Fricke’s
previous work includes serving as director, cinematographer and editor
on “Chronos” and editor and cinematographer on the classic 1983 film,
Koyaanisqatsi.” Expected to attend the Hot Springs, Arkansas-based
festival with their films, is a septet of 1998 Academy Award-nominated
filmmakers, Michael Paxton (“Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life”), Michele Ohayon
and Julia Schachter (“Colors Straight Up”), Sam Pollard (producer of
Spike Lee’s “4 Little Girls”), Richard Trank (Oscar winner for “The Long
Way Home”), Terri Randall (“Daughter of the Bride”) and Andrea Blaugrund
(“Still Kicking”). Also attending is performer Connie Stevens, who has
produced and directed “A Healing: Dedicated To the Women Who Served in
,” a film about 100 women who served, in various capacities, in
the Vietnam War. Other films screening in the fest include “A Leap of
,” by Jenifer McShane and Tricia Regan; Sundance screener
Beautopia,” by Katherina Otto; “Bye-Bye Babushka,” by Rebecca Feig; Tim
Kirkman’s “Dear Jesse“; “Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl? The Life and
Music of Robert Johnson
,” by Peter W. Meyer, and a pair of Sundance
Award-winning films, Arthur Dong’s 1994, “Coming Out Under Fire
(Special Jury Recognition) Jonathan Stack and Liz Garbus’ Grand Jury
Prize-winning “The Farm.”

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>> San Sebastian Award Winners

Alejandro Agresti’s “What’s Gone with the Wind” took home top honors at
the 46th San Sebastian Film Festival, according to The Associated Press,
and the decision was not entirely applauded by the crowd at the awards
ceremony. The announcement was “met with some booing and foot stomping,”
reported the wire service, as the film was not among those expected to
win. Best actor award went to Ian McKellan, for his work in Bill
Condon’s “Gods and Monsters,” which will screen later this month at the
Hamptons International Film Festival. “Monsters” also split the jury’s
special film prize with director Robert Guediguian’s “In the Place of
the Heart
,” from France. The best actress award went to Jeanne Balibar
for “End of August, Beginning of September.” The best director prize was
awarded to Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aranoa for “Neighborhood
and the best photography prize went to the Mexican film, “A

>> Santa Barbara Kids’ Fest To Open With Python

The 2nd Annual Santa Barbara Kids’ Film Festival opens tomorrow with a
screening of Terry Jones’ “The Wind in the Willows,” which stars Jones,
as well as his Monty Python cohorts Eric Idle, Michael Palin and John
Cleese, as well as Steve Coogan. “Willows” received a limited release in
the U.S. and received some very positive reviews. In addition to
“Willows,” the fest includes an international and thematically diverse
list of films, including “The Adventures of Pippi,” an animated film
from Japanese director Shinichi Nakada, who according to a festival
release, worked under Akira Kurasawa’s tutelage. The film is in Japanese
with English subtitles, which will be read by an actor. Other films in
the fest include “Julio and His Angel,” a film from Mexico in Spanish
with English subtitles, “Splitsville,” directed by Lynn Hamrick,
Kayla,” directed by Nicholas Kendall and “Dancing on the Moon,”
directed by Kit Hood. “Splitsville” star David Berry, who will attend
the fest along with his co-star Stephanie Sawyer, was named honorary
spokesperson for this year’s fest. Other features of the fest include a
group of films from the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (recommended
for children ages 5+) will be presented, along with a selection of
underwater films; seven films made by young film and video makers; “Rosa
Parks: Significant Women of the Decade,” an interview with the Civil
Rights legend, and a pair of seminars involving young people in the film

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