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DAILY NEWS: Florida and Human Rights Watch Festival Lineups

DAILY NEWS: Florida and Human Rights Watch Festival Lineups

DAILY NEWS: Florida and Human Rights Watch Festival Lineups

by Eugene Hernandez /indieWIRE

>> Florida Fest to Open with “Love & Sex”; Competition Linueps Set

(indieWIRE/5.30.00) — The Florida Film Festival, a top regional stop on the Spring festival circuit, has announced the lineup for its 9th annual event — June 9th – 18th in Maitland, FL. The Festival will open with Valerie Breiman‘s “Love & Sex,” starring Famke Janssen and will be preceded by Joe Nussbaum‘s popular parody short, “George Lucas in Love.”

The Festivals showcase Narrative and Documentary Feature competitions will include a solid collection of recent independent films. In the Narrative category are: “Bobby G. Can’t Swim” (dir. by John-Luke Montias), “Dropping Out” (dir. by Mark Osborne), “Good Housekeeping” (dir. by Frank Novak), “Henry Hill” (dir. by David G. Kantar), “Kill By Inches” (dir. by Arthur Flam & Diane Doniol-Valcroze), “Rendezvous in Samarkand” (dir. by Tim Bridwell), “Spring Forward” (dir. by Tom Gilroy), “Stanley’s Gig” (dir. by Marc Lazard), “Swimming” (dir. by Robert J. Siegel), “The Woman Chaser” (dir. by Robinson Devor).

While screening in the documentary competiton are: “Book Wars” (dir. by
Jason Rosette), “Chac” (dir. by Kim-Chi Tyler), “Collectors” (dir. by Julian P. Hobbs), “Coming to Light, Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians” (dir. by Anne Makepeace), “Legacy” (dir. by Tod Lending), “Me & Isaac Newton” (dir. by Michael Apted), “Naked States” (dir. by Arlene Donnelly,), “Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles” (dir. by Owsley Brown), “Rats” (dir. by James M. Felter), and “A Voice from Heaven” (dir. by Giuseppe Asaro).

The 2000 Florida Film Festival will also screening an array of short films, Spotlight features, international films, midnight movies, films from Florida and works-in-progress.

[For more information on the Festival, including the complete lineup, visit]

>> 11th Human Rights Watch Fest to Present “Twilight: Los Angeles” and Open with “Civilized People”

(indieWIRE/5.30.00) — Thirty films and videos from 12 countries will screen at the 11th Annual Human Rights Watch International Film Festival June 14th – 29th at the Walter Reade Theater in New York City. The event is a joint presentation of Human Rights Watch and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

The Festival will feature an Alice Tully Hall benefit screening of
Twilight: Los Angeles,” directed by Marc Levin and featuring Anna Deavere Smith performing in a role that she conceived and wrote, based upon her acclaimed one-woman show. The event will open with Randa Chahal Shabbag‘s “A Civilized People” (Civilisees). Additionally, she will receive the 2000 Nestor Almendros Prize for “courage and commitment in human rights filmmaking.” Documentarian Fredrick Wiseman will be honored with the 5th Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award “for his lifelong commitment to human rights filmmaking.”

Highlights of the Festival include three works set amid the changes in
Israeli-occupied Southern Lebanon: Irit Gal‘s “Harmed Forces,” Nurit Kadir & Eran Riklis‘ “Borders,” and Mai Masri‘s “Children of Shatila.”

The Festival will close with “Public Enemy,” an exploration of the Black
Panther movement, directed by Jens Meurer.

[For more information on the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, including the complete lineup, visit or or call the festival hotline at
(212) 290-4700 ext. 313.]

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