DAILY NEWS: Trio Form IDP Distribution; Kardish Promotion; Chicago Latino Fest Winner
>> CanWest, Goldwyn and Icahn Join Forces to Form IDP Distribution, Silberman Taking Top Job
(indieWIRE/4.25.00) — Three companies are joining forces to create IDP
Distribution, a joint venture that will market and distribute feature films
in North America. Michael Silberman has been named the COO of the new
outfit which is being formed by CanWest Entertainment, Samuel Goldwyn Films
and Stratosphere Releasing. He will also serve as President of Distribution
According to a company announcement yesterday, IDP will release about 20
movies per year and each unit will manage its own acquisitions and
productions. CanWest’s Jay Firestone, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and Stratosphere’s
Carl Icahn will, according to the announcement, be “personally involved with
the producers of films acquired by their companies and released through
IDP.” As part of the arrangement, the three companies will consolidate
their marketing and distribution through the venture.
“Filmmakers will have the benefit of a larger organization to handle their
pictures but will still get the personal attention required and deserved for
their films,” stated Goldwyn in a prepared statement.
Among the movies set for release this year through IDP are Cannes
competition-entry, “Faithless,” directed by Liv Ullman from a script by
Ingmar Bergman; Benito Zambrano‘s “Solas“; Stephen Metcalfe‘s “Beautiful
Joe,” and Kevin Jordan‘s “Goat on Fire and Smiling Fish.”
Michael Silberman was the Senior Vice-President of Distribution at October
Films, he also worked at Goldwyn, Vestron and Aries Film Releasing. He will
report to the three partners and will be based in New York City.
“We will endeavor to create a filmmaker friendly organization with the
ability to release films with 10 prints or 1000,” explained Silberman in a
prepared statement, “Committed to new visions and exciting stories.”
>> Kardish Named Senior Curator at MoMA
(indieWIRE/4.25.00) — Laurence Kardish has been named the Senior Curator,
Department of Film and Video at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. The
announcement was made recently by Museum Director Glenn Lowry.
“The title of Senior Curator indicates exceptional merit and is among the
highest distinctions the Museum can offer,” said Lowry in a prepared
statement, “This promotion recognizes Laurence Kardish’s remarkable
contributions to MoMA and to film culture — his astute judgement about all
types of cinema, especially in identifying important new artists and in the
field of experimental work, has brought praise and distinction to MoMA’s
Kardish joines MoMA in 1968 as a curatorial assistant to create the
independent and avant-garde series, Cineprobe.
>> “Sentimental Teaser” Wins Top Award at Chicago Latino Festival
(indieWIRE/4.25.00) — The 16th Chicago Latino Film Festival recently
awarded its audience award to the Chilean film, “The Sentimental Teaser” (El
Chacotero Sentimental), directed by Christian Galaz Garcia. The film was
chosen as the favorite among the 60 features that screened during the
Luis Estrada‘s Mexican film, “Herod’s Law” (La Ley de Herodes), was a close
second for the audience prize, while Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes‘ “I
Will Survive” (Sobrevivire), from Spain, came in third.