DAILY NEWS: ITVS Chief Leaves; Almodovar's Next; Fritz Lang Retro
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>>ITVS Executive Director Resigns
(indieWIRE/ 11.6.00) — James Yee, the executive director of the Independent
Television Service (ITVS), has announced that he will leave the organization
due to medical reasons. Yee became the head of the organization in 1994.
ITVS’ director of finance and operations, Judy Tam, has been named the
acting Executive Director.
In a prepared statement, Judy Tam said, “My commitment is to continue to
support Jim’s vision for ITVS, while honoring his legacy. He was an
inspiration to everyone and is missed by the Board and staff on a
professional and personal level.” [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Almodovar’s Next Film
(indieWIRE/ 11.6.00) — Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, who this year won
the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, will shoot his next movie
back home in Spain, not in America as had been expected.
Currently entitled, “Hable Con Ella” (Talk to Her), according to
ScreenDaily, the film is expected to shoot as early as March 2001. Almodovar
has been expected to direct “The Paperboy,” for United Artists. [Eugene
>>Berlin Fest to Remember Fritz Lang
(indieWIRE/ 11.6.00) — The Berlin Film Festival announced that it will
present a Fritz Lang retrospective at the 2001 event, including the world
premiere of a restored version of “Metropolis.” The version wil include a
new film score by Bernd Schultheis. The retrospective will include all of
the surviving film by Lang, according to organizers. In conjunction with the
retrospective, the Filmmuseum Berlin will present a Fritz Lang exhibition
that will ultimately head to Vienna, Los Angeles and Paris.
“He was a true master,” commented director Robert Siodmak in a prepared
statement, “Feared for his temperament and his absolute devotion to
directing, he kept both himself and his team in a state of constant
agitation. He was the incarnation of perfectionism.” [Eugene Hernandez]