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DAILY NEWS: Ang Lee Wins with DGA; “Traffic” Big with SAG; George Lucas Backs Online Effort

DAILY NEWS: Ang Lee Wins with DGA; "Traffic" Big with SAG; George Lucas Backs Online Effort

DAILY NEWS: Ang Lee Wins with DGA; "Traffic" Big with SAG; George Lucas Backs Online Effort

by Eugene Hernandez and Maud Kersnowski/indieWIRE

>> DGA AWARDS: Ang Lee Takes Top Directing Prize

(indieWIRE/ 03.12.01) — With Oscar night only two weeks away, industry eyes
were on the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles Saturday night as the
Directors Guild singled out its top filmmaker of the year with the DGA Award
for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. Ang Lee won the
award for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” beating Cameron Crowe, Ridley
and the double-nominee Stephen Soderbergh. It was Lee’s second time
receiving a nomination for the DGA prize, his first was for “Sense and Sensibility.”

The prize typically foreshadows the winner on Oscar Sunday, when Lee’s work
will be recognized among the nine other nods that the film has received. The
director also won this year’s Golden Globe Award. [Eugene Hernandez]

>> SAG AWARDS: “Traffic” Derails “Gladiator” as Oscar Night Approaches

(indieWIRE/ 03.12.01) — At last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, it was
Benecio Del Toro and “Traffic” that hampered the momentum that many
speculators had given to Ridley Scott‘s “Gladiator.” Del Toro won the award for best actor and the cast of “Traffic” took the evening’s top award, for
best ensemble cast.

Steven Soderbergh‘s other acclaimed nominee, “Erin Brockovich,” was a big
winner. Julia Roberts won the best actress award for her performance, while
Albert Finney was the winner in the best supporting actor category. Judi
won the SAG Actor award for best supporting actress for “Chocolat.”
[Eugene Hernandez]

>> George Lucas Pursues Artists Rights with New Online Project

(indieWIRE/ 03.12.01) — With the help of George Lucas, the DGA‘s Artists Rights Foundation (ARF) is reaching out to the audience of the future with a
new web site, Film School Designed to heighten the awareness of artistic authorship issues among tweens and teens by helping to them create their own films. Lucas, an ARF V.P., is
funding the new venture, which launches later this month.

The step-by-step interactive guide to moviemaking includes materials and
words of wisdom from industry leaders. This month’s launch features story
boards and a live action clip from director Jay Roach‘s opening sequence in
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.”

The theory propelling the site is that kids who have shot their own films
will grow up to be an audience aware and supportive of artists’ rights.
“These are the film goers of the future. What better way to explain to them
how important filmmaking is,” ARF Executive Director Kathy Garmezy told
indieWIRE. “It is a way to get the information out, but not in an
intellectual, lawyerly way, which is how it’s usually discussed.”

Site sections titled, “Film School,” “Film Community,” “Screening Room,”
“Making Movies” and “Artists Rights” make up the bulk of the site. All or
portions of the pages can be downloaded and are designed to walk kids
through pre-production to final cut either on their own or in the classroom.
The same materials found on the site are being distributed to schools and
libraries as a curriculum package.

The ARF has been increasingly active in education through their national

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