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NYCFF Winners; St. Louis Kicks Off 7th Fest

NYCFF Winners; St. Louis Kicks Off 7th Fest

NYCFF Winners; St. Louis Kicks Off 7th Fest

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz

>> New York Comedy Fest Wraps, “waking Ned,” Sweeney Winners

The second annual New York Comedy Film Festival wrapped on Sunday with a
screening of Julia Sweeney’s “God Said, ‘Ha!’” and the presentation of
the fest’s awards, including the American Airlines Audience Award to
“God Said, ‘Ha!'”. Kirk Jones’ upocming Fox Searchlight release, “Waking
Ned Devine
” picked up the best feature award. The film will be release
in New York and L.A. in November, platforming throughout the rest of the
coutry in December and January. The film stars Ian Bannen, David Kelly,
Fionnula Flanagan, James Nesbitt and Susan Lynch. The best animated
short award went to Corky Quakenbush’s “Clops III,” one of a series of
hysterical short films involving the arrests of Gumby and Santa Claus,
while the best line action short went to Adam Collis’ multiple fest
award-winning “Mad Boy, I’ll Blow Your Blues Away. Be Mine.

The fest’s jury was comprised of 1997 NYCFF award winner, Jeremiah
Bosgang (“Good Money”); Scenario Magazine Managing Director Ted Lambert;
Alexa Fogel, founder of Beech Hill Films; 1997 NYCFF best short winning
director Todd Louiso (“The 15 Minute Hamlet”); writer/comedian Lewis
Black; comedian/director Louis CK; Karen Disher, supervising director
for MTV’s “Daria“; Mike Dougherty, assistant animation director for
Nickelodeon, and 1997 NYCFF winning director for best animated film John
Dilworth (“Dirdy Birdy”).

>> St. Louis Kicks Off On Thursday

The 7th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival kicks off on
Thursday, October 29th with a screening of Philip F. Messina’s “With
Friends Like These
,” starring Adam Arkin (set to attend the fest) David
Strathairn, Jon Tenney, Robert Costanzo, Amy Madigan, Laura San Giacomo
and Elle McPherson. Also appearing at the opening night will be Martin
Scorsese and Bill Murray. The second feature of opening night is Timothy
Hutton’s debut feature as a director, “Digging to China,” starring Kevin
Bacon, Mary Stuart Masterson, Cathy Moriarty and Evan Rachel Wood.

Other highlights of the fest include Kirk Jones’ wonderful upcoming Fox
Searchlight release, “Waking Ned Devine“; actress Joan Chen’s (“Twin
Peaks,” “The Last Emperor”) directorial debut, “Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down
“; Bennett Miller’s stellar documentary, “The Cruise“; Shohei
Imamura’s “The Eel” (“Unagi”); Penelope Spheeris’ “The Decline of
Western Civilization, Part III
; Thomas Vinterberg’s October Films
release, “The Celebration“; Todd Solondz’s superb Good Machine release
Happiness“; Lance Mungia’s post-apocalyptic, post-Elvis film, “Six
String Samurai
“; Patricio Guzman’s “Chile, Obstinate Memory,” and Derek
Cianfrance’s “Brother Tied.”

In addition to regular screenings, the festival will present a Midnight
Madness sidebar, including Myles Berkowitz’s “20 Dates” and Phillip
Glau’s “Circus Redickuless” and a Martin Scorsese-supported tribute to
Frank Sinatra, featuring the 1949 film “On the Town,” co-starring Gene
Kelly and “Ocean’s 11,” a 1960 Rat Pack caper film, co-starring Dean
Martin, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop. The closing
night lineup features Pat O’Connor’s “Dancing at Lughnasa,” starring
Meryl Streep and Marc Levin’s Sundance and Cannes award-winning film,

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