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DAILY NEWS: Artisan’s Shaggs; Sundance Composers; Letters About Karlovy Vary

DAILY NEWS: Artisan's Shaggs; Sundance Composers; Letters About Karlovy Vary

DAILY NEWS: Artisan's Shaggs; Sundance Composers; Letters About Karlovy Vary

By Eugene Hernandez and a Letter from a Reader

>> Artisan Signs Dieckmann for Shaggs Project

(indieWIRE/7.24.00) — Artisan announced on Friday that it has signed a
deal with writer/director Katherine Dieckmann to tell the story of the
mid-60’s rock group, The Shaggs. A band made up of three sisters from
New Hampshire, The Shaggs brief career was led by their domineering dad.
According to an Artisan announcement, the movie is set to begin production
early next year.

Filmmaker Dieckmann is best known for her first feature, “A Good Baby,”
which debuted at the LAIFF. She built her career directing music videos
and work for television, after serving as a critic for The Village
and a writer who contributed to Rolling Stone, Vogue, Elle, New York and The New York Times Book Review.
[Eugene Hernandez]

>> Six On Board for Sundance Composers Lab

(indieWIRE/7.24.00) — The Sundance Institute‘s Composers Lab is
currently underway in Utah with six participants: Ryan Beveridge,
Stephen Thomas Cavit, Eva King, Sean Murray, Zoe Poledouris and Otis Taylor.

Describing the project in a prepared statement, Composers Lab
Director Peter Golub said, “Our goal is to bring composers and
filmmakers together in an atmosphere of experimentation and
collaboration. We are very excited about the 2000 Fellows,
who are all accomplished composers and come from a wide variety
of musical backgrounds.” [Eugene Hernandez]

>> IN RESPONSE TO: 35th Karlovy Vary Bigger, Better, and No Business

Dear Mr. Lee,

I have claimed a lot of things in my life but never to have inspired
Andy Warhol.

It is not merely that the major body of Warhol’s work preceeded my own —
if influence and inspiration could move backward in time, Andy wouldn’t
even make my preferred list.

Better say, that of the filmmakers working long before me, I influenced
Antonioni, Rossellini, de Sica–and of those before my birth, let us say
I inspired Fritz Lang and Paul Wegener and his “Golem”.

Now there’s distortion I would be proud of.

Milton Moses Ginsberg

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