Sundance Composers; Queer Movie Club
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Broadcast.com Signs Internet Distribution Deal with Overseas Filmgroup
On the day that Yahoo! completed its $5 billion acquisition of
Broadcast.com, the online broadcaster (now officially known internally as
Yahoo!’s Broadcast Services business unit) announced a distribution deal
with Overseas Filmgroup Inc. Overseas is the second specialty distributor
to sign an Internet distribution pact, on the heals of Broadcast.com’s
similar pact with Trimark earlier this year.
Under the arrangement, Overseas will license films from its library for
Internet distribution, in addition partnering with Broadcast.com to sell
videos, DVD’s and merchandise online. First Look, the Overseas’
development and theatrical distribution division, recently announced an
in-house home-video group.
“With the continuing dramatic growth of the Internet as a state-of-the-art
medium for viewing, ordering and promoting motion pictures and related
products, we are pleased that many of our films will soon be made available
via broadcast.com,” commented Overseas Filmgroup Co-Chairman/Co-CEO Robert
B. Little in a prepared statement, “This alliance, following our recent DVD
distribution agreement and the launch of our in-house video distribution
division, further demonstrates our commitment to, and success in,
developing new outlets of exploitation for our growing independent film
>> TSG Shooting for Universal Distribution Deal
Variety reported today (Wednesday) that The Shooting Gallery (TSG) is near
signing a domestic distribution arrangement with Universal. Characterizing
the pact as a “three-year rent-a-system deal,” Andrew Hindes and Chris
Petrikin report that the deal would commence January 1st. TSG’s output
pact with Artisan Entertainment is set to expire at the end of this year.
According to Variety, the 3 year deal would distribute up to four movies a
year, each budgeted at under $10 million.
>> Sundance Composers Lab Singles Out Six
The Sundance Institute has announce the six composers that have been
selected for the organizations annual Composers Lab. The program will be
held in Sundance, UT from July 20 – August 4, 1999 and will welcome
participants Christian Amigo, Tyler Bates, Jonathan Bepler, Kristopher Carter, Karen Martin-Messner, and Kenya Tillery.
“Our goal is to bring composers and filmmakers together in an atmosphere of
experimentation and collaboration,” explained Composers Lab Director Peter
Golub in a prepared statement, “We are very excited about the 1999 Fellows,
who are all accomplished composers and, we believe, are poised to make a
significant contribution to the field of film music.”
During the Lab, participants will compose music for scenes by participants
from the June Filmmakers Lab, the group will work with a group of advisors
that includes Terence Blanchard (“Summer of Sam“), Carter Burwell
(“Fargo“), Mychael Danna (“The Ice Storm“), and Shirley Walker (“Turbulence“).
Also participating are music supervisor Sharon Boyle, manager Derek Powers, and
agent Vasi Vangelos.
[For more information on the Sundance Institute, visit their website at:
>> PopcornQ Spotlights “Trick” For New “Queer First Weekend Club”
Intending to send a message to the film industry about the demand for queer
cinema, the PopcornQ website has launched “The Queer First Weekend Club,”
an initiative aimed at increasing ticket sales of gay & lesbian films during their
According to a site email targeting participants, the grassroots plan was
hatched at the Outest ’99 Summit of queer film festivals from around the
world. Organizers in cities with gay, lesbian, bi and transgender film
fests will collect email addresses and announce target films in advance of
their opening weekend. First up for the group is Fine Line‘s release of
Jim Fall‘s “Trick,” which opens in NYC, Toronto, San Francisco and L.A.