DAILY NEWS: "Cleopatra" Coming; and African Fest Plans
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>>Reiss “Cleopatra” Opening Theatically
(indieWIRE/ 10.9.00) — Jon Reiss‘ “Cleopatra’s Second Husband” will have its United States theatrical debut when it opens at The Screening Room in Manhattan on October 20th. The film, which debuted at the 1998 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, was a hit at the event, but did not find an immediate home. Cowboy Booking is releasing the movie.
During a report from the 1998 LAIFF, indieWIRE wrote, “Although the film suffers from an uneven middle, Reiss, an experienced music video and documentary director, has a talent for imagery, color, character and the shifts of storytelling.” Continuing, the article added, “With strong performances from its leads, Paul Hipp and Boyd Kestner, Reiss’s feature film is a potentially commercial first outing.”
Reiss recently released his documentary, “Better Living Through Circuitry,” an exploration of the rave scene, through 7th Art Releasing. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> African Diaspora Fest Announces Plans
(indieWIRE/ 10.9.00) — Melvin Van Peebles new film, “A Belly Full,” is among the films that will screen at The 8th African Diaspora Film Festival, an event in New York City late next month. The Festival will also offer the U.S. premieres of Frieder Schlaich‘s “Otomo” and Cheik Ourmar Sissoko‘s “Battu,” as well as a retrospective of Isaach de Bankole‘s films.
Running November 24 – December 10, 2000, the festival singled out a number of other noteworthy films, including John Carstarphen‘s “Segregated Sundays,” John Riber‘s “Yellow Card,” Zara Mahamat Yacoub‘s “Childhood Destroyed,” and Ossama Fawzi‘s “Fallen Angels Paradise.” The Festival will also offers programs celebrating movies from Brazil and Egypt, black images in Canadian cinema, the Afro-Latino experience, and work from black women filmmakers. [Eugene Hernandez]
[For more information, visit the festival web site at
www.africanfilm.com/festival or call 212-864-1760.]