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DAILY NEWS: Film Society Video Label and UrbanWorld 2000 Plans; Also, “Greenberg” Hits a Million and

DAILY NEWS: Film Society Video Label and UrbanWorld 2000 Plans; Also, "Greenberg" Hits a Million and

DAILY NEWS: Film Society Video Label and UrbanWorld 2000 Plans; Also, "Greenberg" Hits a Million and Lost Fest Burns Republicans

Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

>> Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces Plans to Distribute Via DVD and Home Video

(indieWIRE/ 7.28.00) — New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center
is joining forces with Water Bearer Films, a leading home video
distributor of world cinema, to release select film titles on DVD
and home video under the “Film Society Presents” banner. According
to yesterday’s announcement, the new line of titles will be offered
for “specially selected films previously screened by the Film Society
that did not receive full theatrical promotion in the U.S.”

The imprint is expected to launch early next year and deliver 2 – 4
films per quarter, according to the announcement. Film Society Program
Director Richard Pena will offer an on camera introduction at the head
of each title.

“We hope ‘The Film Society Presents…’ label encourages audiences to
discover wonderful films from many different countries and cultures,”
commented Pena in a prepared statement. [Eugene Hernandez]

>> UrbanWorld Unveils Plans for Fourth Annual Festival

(indieWIRE/ 7.28.00) — Unspooling August 2nd through the 6th in
New York City, the Fourth Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, the largest
competitive event for black film in the country, is set to showcase 13
features, 20 shorts and 10 documentaries in this year’s edition. Also
included in Urbanworld 2000 are Latin and Asian sidebars consisting of
eight films each in addition to the hosting of a fashion event called
‘Kimora Lee Simmons’ Baby Phat Fashion” (including an online runway

Highlights of the Festival’s special presentations are Dimension‘s
Jay-Z tour documentary, “Backstage” and the closing night world premiere
of Paramount‘s Spike Lee film, “The Original Kings of Comedy.”

Founded in August 1997 by executive director Stacy Spikes, a former
executive at Miramax and October Films, the Festival has grown
significantly and boasts an advisory board that includes Debbie Allen,
Samuel Jackson and Latanya Richardson Jackson, Danny Glover, Russell Simmons, Tracey and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Andre Harrell.

This year, the Festival will offer “Digicon,” a three-day digital
conference exploring next generation entertainment. Other films
scheduled to screen this year include the World Premiere of “Da Hip
Hop Witch
” by Dale Resteghini; the U.S. Premiere of “Great Day in Hip-
” by director/producer Nelson George, and the East Coast Premiere of
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce” by director/writer Chi Muoi Lo.
[Brian Books]

>> BRIEFLY: “Hank Greenberg” Doc Hits Million Dollar Mark

(indieWIRE/ 7.28.00) — Aviva Kempner‘s documentary, “The Life and
Times of Hank Greenberg
,” has achieved a milestone few indie films
ever reach — the $1 million mark at the box office. In passing the
milestone, the movie becomes one of the top twenty grossing documentaries
of all time in the United States, according to an announcement yesterday.
A documentary about the first Jewish baseball star, “Hank Greenberg” is
being released by Cowboy Booking International. It ran for 17 weeks
in New York and continues with runs of 23 weeks in Boston, 11 weeks in
Los Angeles and 10 weeks in Washington D.C. [Eugene Hernandez]


+ INTERVIEW: Hammerin’ Hank – Aviva Kempner Tributes Hank Greenberg

>> BRIEFLY: Lost Fest to “Burn Bush” Alongside Upcoming Republican Convention

(indieWIRE/ 7.28.00) — “That the Lost Film Festival 4.0 takes
place during the RNC is no coincidence,” explains a press release
sent to indieWIRE yesterday. Aimed at announcing next week’s Festival
coinciding with the Republican Convention, the email message from
Festival Director Scott Beibin previewed the event which will run for
six days beginning this Sunday.

On opening night Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky will offer a
work in progress screening of “Burning Bush,” a documentary about
Sander Hicks‘ struggle to re-publish “Fortune Son,” the controversial
biography of anticipated Republican party nominee George W. Bush.
Other participants and attendees will include Jello Biafra, Esther
(“Godass“), actor Will Keenan (“Love God“), filmmaker Lance Weiler (“The Last Broadcast“), Mark Hosler of Negativland and Zack Exley of [Eugene Hernandez]

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