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DAILY BRIEFS: Fests A-Plenty — New York Women, Hitchcock, and Ebert

DAILY BRIEFS: Fests A-Plenty -- New York Women, Hitchcock, and Ebert

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

>> New York Women’s Fest Set for Third Year

The New York Women’s Film Festival returns for a third year next week with
focus on a number of films that, according to festival founder Suzanne
, have had little exposure. Among the films selected for the event
are Penelope Spheeris‘ documentary, “The Decline of Western Civilization
Part III
,” a compelling look present day punk rock street kids in Hollywood
— the films debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

The NYWFF, running April 22-25 at the NYU Cantor Film Center, opens
with a showing of Shirley Clarke‘s “The Connection,” and concludes with a
screening of Patricia Toye‘s Belgian film, “Rosie.” Agnieszka Holland and
Barbara Kopple will both be honored during the 1999 festival.

Other films screening are Jule Gilfillan‘s “Restless,” Mariz Ripoli‘s
Twice Upon Yesterday,” Joan Chen‘s “Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl,” Freida Lee Mock‘s “Bird by Bird with Annie,” Pola Rapaport‘s “Blind Light,” Marilou Diaz-Abaya‘s “In the Navel of the Sea,” Allison Prete‘s “Lavendar Lake: Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal,” and Ricki Stern‘s “In My Corner.”

[For more information, visit the Festival website at:, or call 212/465-3435]

>> MoMA Debuting Hitchcock Retrospective

This week, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City kicks off what is
being billed as the most comprehensive retrospective of the work of
filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock ever held in the United States. Following an
invitation-only screening and reception showcasing Hitchcock’s 1959 film,
North by Northwest,” two months of screenings will begin on Friday.
Included in the program are features films, shorts made by the filmmaker
for the British Government, and documentaries about the director himself.
Also being offered is a gallery exhibition of posters, photos, production
designs and other documents, as well as interactive “Multimedia Hitchcock
kiosks placed throughout the museum. Finally, MoMA has also built a
special Hitchcock subsite on its Internet website.

[For more information, visit the MoMA site at:]

>> Ten Films Given “Thumbs Up” for Ebert’s Overlooked Film Fest

The University of Illinois is teaming up with alum Roger Ebert to present
the critic’s “Overlooked Film Festival,” showcasing movies that Ebert feels
“deserve a second look and a second chance” — movies that, according to a
festival statement, have been overlooked by audiences, critics, and

The ten movies to be showcased have been personally selected by the critic,
they are: Heather Rose‘s 1998 Australian film “Dance Me to My Song,” Nancy Savoca‘s 1993 movie “Household Saints,” David Williams‘ “Thirteen” (1997), the classic Eisenstein work, “Battleship Potemkin” (1925), Kore-Eda Hirokazu‘s 1995 film “Maborosi,” Kevin DiNovis‘ Slamdance winner “Surrender Dorothy” (1998), Dale Rosenbloom‘s “Shiloh” (1997), Eric Rohmer‘s 1998 film
Autumn Tale,” Jan Troell‘s Swedish film “Hamsun” (1996), and Steven Lisberger‘s Disney-film “Tron” (1982).

Ebert will present the event and moderate a number of panel discussions at
the University with festival guests, critics, and scholars.

[For more information, visit the Festival website at:, or call 706/542-4972.]

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