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DAILY NEWS: Anders Film to Showtime; Sundance (Online) Winner; and Santa Barbara Indies

DAILY NEWS: Anders Film to Showtime; Sundance (Online) Winner; and Santa Barbara Indies

DAILY NEWS: Anders Film to Showtime; Sundance (Online) Winner; and Santa Barbara Indies

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

>> Anders Latest Film to Debut on Showtime

(indieWIRE/03.19.01) — Cable channel Showtime has annouced the acquisition
of Allison Anders latest film, “Things Behind the Sun.” The movie, which
stars Kim Dickens, Gabriel Mann, Don Cheadle, Eric Stoltz, Elizabeth Pena, Rosanna Arquette, Patsy Kensit and CCH Pounder, will debut as one of the network’s Showtime Original Pictures later this year. The movie is set to close next months Los Angeles Film Festival.

In a prepared statement, Anders described her reasons for deciding to forgo
a theatrical release of the film. “‘Things Behind the Sun’ is such a personal
story,” the filmmaker explained, “Despite the theatrical interest in this
picture coming out of Sundance, in the end I felt that my baby was in the
safest hands with Showtime.”

“The theatrical marketplace is so scary right now for independents, and God
only knows what it will be like when all the pre-strike films are competing
for screens,” Anders continued. “As much as I made this film for myself, I
made it for everyone affected by rape and it relieves me to know that all
the people I made this film for will be able to see it.” [Eugene Hernandez]

>> Orelle Wins First Sundance Online Festival

(indieWIRE/03.19.01) — Alex Orelle‘s “Freeware” was the winner of the
inaugural Sundance Online Film Festival. The award recipient was selected by
the fest’s Internet audience. The online festival debuted when the Sundance
Film Festival
kicked off in Utah, running January 18th – February 28th.

Orelle’s film is described in an official announcement as “a darkly
futuristic tale of a world under the grips of a powerful CEO.” The director
is a British-born animator who as worked for Pixar. [Eugene Hernandez]

>> Two New American Indies Are Among Santa Barbara Award Winners

(indieWIRE/03.19.01) — While Fridrick Thor Fridickson‘s “Angels of the
,” from Iceland, won the top jury award at the 16th Santa Barbara
International Film Festival
, it was a pair of new American independent films
that were stand-out honorees on awards night last week. Rosemary Rodriguez
Acts of Worship” won the Independent Voice Award, recognizing the best
feature North American film without distribution. And Julie Davis‘ “Amy’s
” took the narrative feature prize after a number of crowded screenings.

The event was a record breaker, achieving the 45,000 mark in attendance,
a new record for the festival. Agnes Varda‘s “The Gleaners and I” won
the jury’s documentary prize, while Lianne Klapper-McNally‘s “Artists
and Orphans: A True Drama
,” won the documentary audience prize. [Eugene

[EDITORS NOTE: A wrap-up from the 16th Santa Barbara International Film
Festival is being published today in indieWIRE.]


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