DAILY NEWS: Florida Winners; Schwartzman Leaving IFP; "Just One Time" Deal; and "Straightman" Correction
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Florida Film Festival Concludes; Awards Go to “Bobby G” and “Legacy”
(indieWIRE/6.20.00) — The 9th Florida Film Festival came to a close over
the weekend and on Saturday night, at the annual gala at Universal Studios,
the Festival announced its award winners.
John-Luke Montias‘ “Bobby G Can’t Swim” was selected by the jury as the Best Narrative Features, while Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature went
to Tod Lending‘s “Legacy” which tied for the Audience Award for Best
Documentary Feature with Arlene Donnelly‘s “Naked States.” The audience prize for best narrative feature went to Marc Lazard‘s “Stanley’s Gig.”
The Festival jury presented the Award for Best Documentary Short to Steven
Bognar‘s “Picture Day,” while special jury prizes went to the narrative
features, “The Woman Chaser” by Robinson Devor, and Michael Apted for his documentary, “Me & Isaac Newton.” In the shorts category, the Festival
honored Joe Nussbaum‘s “George Lucas in Love” with the Audience Award and Jason Reitman‘s “In God We Trust” with the Jury award for Best Narrative Short. Special short film awards went to Steve Katz for “Protest,” Ellie Lee for “Dog Days,” and Jieho Lee & Suk-gu Kim for “A Nursery Tale.” [Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE]
>> Schwartzman Exits IFP Post to Pursue Consulting Career
(indieWIRE/6.20.00) — IFP Program Director Karen Schwartzman has left her
position as the Program Director for the Independent Feature Project (IFP)
to set-up her own consulting business. While Schwartzman will continue to
consult as producer of the IFP’s three screening series, she will also work
with a number of outside clients.
With five years at IFP under her belt, Schwartzman indicated that she will
consult on “program, business and marketing & development for film and media
companies and organizations.”
Clearly thrilled at the opportunity to explore other aspects of the film
community, Schwartzman told indieWIRE yesterday that she is especially
excited about her clients based in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was
raised. She will be working with Film Institute of Northern California
which runs the Mill Valley Film Festival and the Rafael Film Center.
Anxious to focus on the emerging dotcom side of the business, Schwartzman is
also consulting a start-up Internet company. [Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE]
>> Code Red To Release Janger’s “Just One Time”
(indieWIRE/6.20.00) — Lane Janger‘s first feature, “Just One Time,” will be
released by Code Red, the new distribution company formed by Cowboy Booking and Antidote Films. The movie, which debuted at the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival, recently screened at the Seattle International
Film Festival and New York’s Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
Code Red, which intends to distribute up to ten films each year, will
release the movie in New York and Los Angeles on August 25th before
expanding to the top ten markets.
“Just One Time” began as a short film with the same name — Janger produced
Brian Sloan‘s “I Think I Do” and Darnell Martin‘s “I Like it Like That.” [Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE]
>> CORRECTION: “Straightman”
In Aaron Krach‘s report on the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, he indicated that the film “Straightman,” directed by Ben Berkowitz, “has been floating around for over a year at underground festivals,” when in fact, the
film premiered at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in April,
followed by a screening at the Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video
Festival in May. A work-in-progress screened at the Independent Feature Film
Market in 1999 and the movie screened in the Berlin Film Market this Spring.
The film received a post-production grant from the Chicago Underground Film
Festival, but did not screen as part of that festival. We regret the error.