DAILY NEWS: Glaser in Silicon Alley; Film Fleadh Tonight; "Series 7" Soiree
by Eugene Hernandez, Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Glaser Weighs Pay Per View Content Online
(indieWIRE/03.01.01) — While many in Hollywood are bemoaning the troubles
facing the online entertainment sector of the biz, attendees of Rising Tide
Studios‘ Silicon Alley 2001 conference yesterday discussed the possibilities
of the pay per view model as an one option for streaming film and video
Rob Glaser, Chairman of Real Networks, joined Silicon Alley Reporter Editor Jason Calacanis for a fireside chat about the state of streaming media. The
discussion began with an exchange about the fate of Napster and
downloading/sharing mp3 files online. Glaser summarized his views on the
subject by likening Napster to Pointcast (remember it? …Exactly). His
view is that the controversial “peer to peer” service may end up simply
“showing the way,” even if it doesn’t last.
With 170 million users, according to Glaser, Real is well positioned to
explore the business of pay per view. Consider the growth of its “Gold
Pass,” which is currently signing up subscribers for $10/access to all NBA
games and an assortment of male-oriented entertainment content. Glaser
indicated that more than 150,000 people have already signed up. Likening the
plan to a cable TV subscription, Glaser noted, “We don’t require people to
put a set top box in.”
Putting aside the numerous issues surrounding copyright and ongoing concerns
with regard to digital rights management, Glaser is ultimately confident
that consumers will continue to pay for content services and encouraged
attendees to keep an eye on developments in this regard over the next year.
More content will be available online this year, he offered, in conjunction
with the traditional pay per view availability on cable television. The
development of a cable TV model for entertainment that we experience via our
computers or through the Internet continues. Silicon Alley 2001 continues
through the end of the week. [Eugene Hernandez]
>>Film Fleadh Set for NYC Bow
(indieWIRE/03.01.01) — New York’s Film Fleadh will open its 2001 Festival
tonight with the U.S. premiere of Kieron Walsh‘s “When Brendan Met Trudy” about a teacher who meets a woman in a Dublin pub and discovers fun for the
first time. The Festival, which runs through the weekend, was created as a
showcase for Irish and Irish-American filmmakers in New York, it aims to
expose “New Irish Cinema” to a multiracial audience as well as to serve as a
base of support for these emerging filmmakers.
Among other films scheduled are the U.S. Premiers of “Talking to the Dead“
by Pat Collins, “Most Fertile Man in Ireland” by Dudi Appleton as well as Barry Levinson‘s “An Everlasting Piece.” Shorts will screen prior to each feature. Closing the event on Sunday night is “About Adam” by Gerry
Stembridge, starring Kate Hudson followed by a closing night gala at Puck
Fair in downtown Manhattan.
Commenting on the Festival via their website, Founder/Director Terence
Mulligan said, “We try our best to choose work made by filmmakers who excite
and move audiences as well as inspire fellow filmmakers. It’s not Sundance
nor is it Riverdance, it’s about the ‘fillums’.” [Brian Brooks]
[For the complete line up and further information, visit: http://www.filmfleadh.com.]
>> “Series 7” Celebrates Upcoming Theatrical Debut
(indieWIRE/03.01.01) — Few New York City film parties lately have boasted
such an eclectic mix of guests — Oscar nominees, local TV news anchors, a
“Survivor” cast member and even the Mayor’s wife, not to mention those
involved with the film. Such was the case Tuesday night at a small
post-screening soiree for the upcoming “Series 7,” Dan Minahan‘s biting new film based on a fictitious and outrageous reality TV show. Fresh from
showings at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, the film screened
Tuesday night at the Angelika Film Center on Houston and attendees gathered
at FEZ on Lafayette for the after-party.
Entering guests pushed past “Almost Famous” Oscar nominee Frances McDormand who was posing for pictures with “Series 7” star Brooke Smith. Not surprisingly, McDormand attended the party with two brothers nominated for
Oscars themselves, Joel and Ethan Coen (“O Brother Where Art Thou“). Among the party attendees most likely to be spotted at the Academy Awards or other such Hollywood glamour events were Piper Perabo (“Coyote Ugly,” “Lost and Delirious“) and model turned actress Shalom Harlow (“Cherry“), or maybe even actor Lothaire Bluteau (“Urbania“).
Of course, the evening was a celebration of those involved with the film.
Joining writer/director Dan Minahan, were producers from the two companies
behind the movie, Christine Vachon & Katie Roumel from Killer Films and Joana Vicente & Jason Kliot from Blow-Up Pictures/Open City Films. Also spotted from the Blow-Up camp was co-executive producer Charles Rusbasan. Cast members who joined the festivities included Glenn Fitzgerald,
Marylouise Burke, Michael Kaychek, and even Donna Hanover, wife of New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Guests mused about the state of television today, passing the time with
occasional references to the current dwindling cast of “Survivor,” and the
conclusions this week of “Tempation Island” and “The Mole.” Interestingly,
Sean Keniff, a cast member of last season’s “Survivor,” was among those
spotted in the crowd. One guest hypothesized that the proposed killing of
Timothy McViegh on live television will blow the lid off of reality TV,
while others wondered what the President was saying in his nationally
televised address to Congress that ran concurrent with the party.
Monica Lewinsky, star of the recent, all too real TV drama involving the
former President, did not attend the evening’s soiree. She was down the
street at New York Magazine’s Bowery Bar party for their “Gay Issue.”