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DAILY NEWS: AtomFilms Expands; Russ Meyer Retrospective; “Blair Witch” Still Going Strong

DAILY NEWS: AtomFilms Expands; Russ Meyer Retrospective; "Blair Witch" Still Going Strong

Still Going Strong

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

>> AtomFilms Announcing Partnerships and Site Expansion

Atom Films, the short film, animation and digital media distribution
company that launched in March, will announce a number of high-profile
distribution deals today (Monday), as well as unveil new features for their
growing website ( Atom, which currently
distributes work both online and via traditional outlets, is adding
partnerships with Warner Bros. Online, RealNetworks,, AtomicPop,, and Streamsearch to stream short-form work online.
The site now owns or has long-term rights to more than 150 shorts.

AtomFilms will offer a branded channel on TimeWarner’s new Entertaindom
site as part of the Warner deal. As for the RealNetworks
pact, Atom will provide content to the RealGuide. Atom has existing
distribution deals with HBO, Sundance Channel, Excite@Home, Go Network,,, and SonicNet.

As part of today’s announcement, AtomFilms is also trumpeting the latest
version of its website, incorporating new content channels and a database
system allowing visitors to rate movies. In an online top ten list, Atom
ranks the most viewed and highest rated films and animations, according to
site visitors — overall ratings and viewer comments are included as part
of the revamp.

Atom recently announced that former NBC Entertainment President Warren
and Warner Bros. TV Executive VP Craig Hunegs have joined its
advisory board. The Atom Board of Directors includes former Universal
Studios Chairman and CEO Frank Biondi, Arts Alliance founder Thomas Hoegh,
and Warner Bros. Online Executive VP Jim Banister.


+ Atom Films and ifilm Unveil New Film Distribution Outlets Anchored on the

+ How Shorts Will Take On the Hollywood Establishment (Or At Least Make
Them Lean Forward in Their Chairs and Say “Hmmm? “)

>> Russ Meyer’s “Sex-Crazed Cinema” Retrospective in LA

“Watching the films of Russ Meyer,” begins an American Cinematheque
announcement, “brings to mind what might have happened if the likes of Sam
Fuller, Frank Tashlin, Erskine Caldwell, R. Crumb and Henry Miller had put
their libidos (and brains) together to create a Parallel Universe inhabited
by luscious, loving angels and cat-scratching vixens, bitter old drunks and
borderline psychotics.” The press release crossed our desktops late last
week as the Cinematheque unveiled the line-up for a ten-day retrospective
screening the “sex-crazed cinema” of filmmaker Russ Meyer.

Meyer, along with stars Edy Williams, Cynthia Myers, Tura Santana and
Kitten Natividad will participate in discussions following select film
screenings at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater, home of the American
Cinematheque. Among the films that will be screened are “Faster Pussycat!
Kill! Kill!
,” “Mudhoney,” “Russ Meyer’s Vixen,” “Beyond the Valley of the
,” “Lorna,” “The Immoral Mr. Teas,” “The Seven Minutes,” “Beneath the
Valley of the Ultra-Vixens
,” and “Common-Law Cabin aka How Much Loving Does
a Normal Couple Need

[For more information, visit the American Cinematheque website at:]

>> “Blair Witch” Still in the Top Ten

The Blair Witch Project” remained in the national box-office top ten this
weekend according to distributor projections. The film, which opened five
weeks ago, earned an additional $7 million, topping the debuts of the new
Jean-Claude Van Damme action film, “Universal Soldier: The Return,” and the
Miramax/Dimension release, “Teaching Mrs. Tingle.” “Blair Witch has now
earned $120 million at the box office.

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