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DAILY NEWS: “Shower” Strong in Seattle; New Fest Winners; More Newport Winners

DAILY NEWS: "Shower" Strong in Seattle; New Fest Winners; More Newport Winners

DAILY NEWS: "Shower" Strong in Seattle; New Fest Winners; More Newport Winners

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

>> Zhang’s “Shower” Wins Big in Seattle

(indieWIRE/6.14.00) — Zhang Yang‘s “Shower” was the big winner at the 2000 Seattle Film Festival which wrapped up its month-long run over the weekend. “Shower,” which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics in Toronto, won the 2000 Golden Space Needle Award, while Chinese director Zhang Yang won the prize for Best Director. The Festival’s Best Documentary prize went to Shaya Mercer‘s “Trade Off.”

The Best Actor award was presented to Dan Futterman for his performance in “Urbania” and the Best Actress prize went to Nathalie Baye for “Venus Beauty Institute” and “An Affair of Love.” The award for Best Short Film was awarded to Jason Reitman for “In God We Trust.”

In the New American Cinema category, showcasing low-budget indie films, the Festival singled out Tony Barbieri‘s “The Magic of Marciano,” Mike White as Best Writer for “Chuck and Buck,” Gregory Hobson for Best Editing (“Very Mean Men“) and the cast of “The Weekend” (Deborah Kara Unger, D.B. Sweeney, Gena Rowlands, Brooke Shields, David Conrad, James Duval, Jared Harris, Gary Dourdan) for Ensemble Cast Performance. The New Directors Showcase Award went to Teresa Villaverde for “The Mutants,” with a Special Jury Prize to Laurent Cantent for “Human Resources.” [Eugene Hernandez]

[Additional winners are available on the Festival website at:]

>> Ozon and Spadola Take Top New Fest Awards

(indieWIRE/6.14.00) — Francois Ozon‘s “Water Drops on Burning Rocks” won the award for Best Dramatic Feature at the The New Festival, New York’s Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. The event, which concluded over the weekend, presented the Best Documentary prize to Meema Spadola‘s “Our House: A Very Real Documentary About Kids of Gay and Lesbian Parents.” While the audience award went to Thomas Bezucha‘s “Big Eden.”

The Festival jury presented a special jury award to Ben Berkowitz for
Straightman” and the award for Best Short film was awarded to Stacey
‘ “Jake: Today I Become a Man.” Finally, the Peter S. Reed
Achievement Award for “an established body of work” was presented to New
York filmmaker Su Friedrich, director of “Hide and Seek” and “Rules of the Road.” [Eugene Hernandez]

[indieWIRE will publish a wrap-up of the Festival later this month.]

>> ADDENDUM: “Tully” “and “Tammy Faye” Take Newport Audience Prizes

(indieWIRE/6.14.00) — As an addition to yesterday’s article about the
winners of the Newport International Film Festival, Hilary Birmingham‘s
What Happened to Tully” took the dramatic Audience Award, while the
acclaimed documentaries, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and “Long Night’s Journey Into Day” won the documentary Audience prize. The audience prize for best short went to “Transformation” by Barry Strugatz.

Tully” won two awards at the 2000 LAIFF and the audience award at this
year’s Gen Art Film Festival in New York, while “Tammy Faye” will be
released later this year by Lions Gate. [Eugene Hernandez]

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