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DAILY NEWS: Maryland Festival Kickoff; AMPAS Foreign Noms

DAILY NEWS: Maryland Festival Kickoff; AMPAS Foreign Noms

DAILY NEWS: Maryland Festival Kickoff; AMPAS Foreign Noms

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>> Maryland Festival Set to Open Sophomore Effort

(indieWIRE/4.26.00) — The Maryland Film Festival is gearing up for
its second edition beginning tonight with a broad programming lineup
to include classics,indies, documentaries, and experimental work as
well as three world premieres, two American premieres and ten
restored classics.

Opening the fest at the Senator Theatre in Baltimore is the Oscar
winner for best short documentary, “King Gimp,” preceded by William
‘s “A Whole New Day” starring James Gandolfini and Kathrine
. Narducci will also attend. Slated world premieres
include “The Acting Class” directed by Jill Hennessy and Elizabeth
and featuring a cameo by Alec Baldwin. Also making their
world premieres are “The Fall of Newt Gingrich” by Michael Pack
and the digital-video “Makebelieve” by college student Michael
and produced by Steve Yeager (“Divine Trash“). The
American premiere screenings will be Tim Kirkman‘s “The Night
Larry Kramer Kissed Me
,” an adaptation of David Drake‘s one-man
show as well as “La Esquina Caliente,” a documentary about the
controversial 1999 visit by the Baltimore Orioles to Cuba in
their match up with the national team.

Among the many restorations is a rare 35mm screening of the
Sex Pistols documentary, “The Great Rock & Roll Swindle” as well
as Andy Warhol‘s “Trash” directed by Paul Morrissey. The four
day festival closes Sunday April 30th with two features including
Tom Gilroy‘s “Spring Forward” starring Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber
and “Panic” by Henry Bromell. Bromell will be present to discuss
the film. The National Aquarium in Baltimore is the venue for the
closing night party featuring a live performance by Jonathan Richman.

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>> AMPAS Names Foreign Nominees for Student Prize

(indieWIRE/4.26.00) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
has named the five finalists for their Honorary Foreign Film Award
which will be presented at the Student Academy Awards ceremony in
Beverly Hills on June 11th — two of this years nominees are from
Germany. According to the Academy, the finalists were selected from
a pool of 26 submissions from 19 countries.

The finalists are (alphabetically by film title):

— “Counting Sheep,” Sven Taddicken, Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

— “In the Box,” Michal Strauss, Vysoka Skola Muzickych Umeni Filmova a
Televizna Fakulta
, Slovakia

— “Little Man,” Peter Schopmau Fog, National Film School of Denmark

— “Quiro ser,” Florian Gallenberger, Hochschule fur Fernsehen und Film,

— “Test,” Vaclav Svankmajer, Akademie Muzickych Umeni Filmova a Televizni
, Czech Republic

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