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DAILY NEWS: Sundance and “Trans”; Shooting Gallery and “Jezebel” and New Site for Indie Films

DAILY NEWS: Sundance and "Trans"; Shooting Gallery and "Jezebel" and New Site for Indie Films

DAILY NEWS: Sundance and "Trans"; Shooting Gallery and "Jezebel" and New Site for Indie Films

by Eugene Hernandez & Maya Churi

>> “Trans” Acquired by Sundance Channel; Film to screen at New York’s Screening Room

(indieWIRE/12.16.99) — Julian Goldberger‘s debut feature, “Trans,” has been
acquired by Sundance Channel. The film, which screen theatrically at New
York’s Screening Room, will debut on Sundance January 14th at 9:00 p.m. It
had its American premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival following its
world premiere at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival.

Sundance Channel Exec VP of Programming and Marketing, who praised the movie
in the DECADE interview with indieWIRE published earlier this week, echoed
those comments in a prepared statement. “‘Trans’ is a very powerful, very
original film. By taking risks and experimenting with film techniques,
Julian Goldberger has created an impressionistic, yet lifelike portrayal of
a teenager’s innerworld. He is one of the most exciting new cinematic
voices of his generation and we are proud to introduce him to a broader

The Channel will offer a few online activities in conjunction with the
screening, including an online chat with Goldberger, a streaming media
version of the short film, “Trans” and the film’s trailer, an MP3 file of a
song from the film’s soundtrack, a production diary, an interview with
Goldberger and an overview of experimental films at Sundance.

[Eugene Hernandez]

[For more information, visit:]

>>Shooting Gallery Acquires “Loving Jezebel”

(indieWIRE/12.16.99) — STARZ! and BET Movies first fully financed feature
film, “Loving Jezebel,” has been acquired for U.S. theatrical distribution.
The film, directed by first-timer Kwyn Bader, stars Laurel Holloman (“The
Myth of Fingerprints
“), Nicole Ari Parker (“Boogie Nights“), David Moscow
(“Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane“), Sandrine Holt (“Black Robe“), Elisa Donovan
(“Clueless“), Andre B. Blake (“Philadelphia“), Larry Gilliard, Jr. (“The
“), Justin Pierre Edmund (“The Preacher’s Wife“) and Phylicia
(“Cosby“). [Eugene Hernandez]

>> supports indie filmmakers

(indieWIRE/12.16.99) — has launched new website devoted to
giving filmmakers, musicians and other artists the opportunity to post their
work on the web. The site, founded by independent artist Brent LeVasseur,
was created in an effort to build a new entertainment community that would
prevent artists from falling between the cracks. LeVasseur said of the site,
“As an indie artist myself, I found it extremely difficult to breakthrough
the Hollywood establishment, I created as a vehicle for
independent filmmakers, musicians and other artists to avoid the middle
man and go directly to their audience.”

Artists can submit their work to the site in four different categories,
Radio, Television, Music and Cinema. Participating members have the
option to build their own web pages, get free e-mail and interact with
other artists through the site. In addition to promotion and increased
exposure, the artists will be able receive feedback from viewers. Those
same viewers will be able to interact with each other, discuss the
content and rate it for future browsers. [Maya Churi]

[For more information about visit their web site at]

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