DAILY NEWS: Cannes Jury Forming; Taos Bubbling Prize; Ang Lee's Favs
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Cannes Taps Zonca and de Medeiros for Jury Duty
(indieWIRE/04.06.01) — Filmmaker Erick Zonca will head the Cannes Film
Festival‘s jury for short films and Cinefondation awards, the Festival
announced yesterday. Zonca is joining Liv Ullmann who was recently named to
head the main Festival jury and Maria de Medeiros who was named yesterday as
the head of the Camera d’Or jury. The Cinefondation prize is an award for
movies from film schools, while the Camera d’Or is presented to the best
first feature from all Cannes sections.
Joining Zonca on his jury are actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and directors
Samira Makhmalbaf, Lynne Ramsay and Rithy Panh. The Festival will run May 9th – 20th. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Taos Selects Redroad as Bubbling Under Award Finalist
(indieWIRE/04.06.01) — The Taos Talking Pictures Festival, which runs
through Sunday in Taos, NM has announced the recipient of its Perrier
Bubbling Under Award for first time filmmakers. Filmmaker Randy Redroad
(“The Doe Boy“) has been named the winner, making him a finalist for the
$50,000 grant to be applied towards a next production.
Redroad is the second of five finalists to be selected by domestic
festivals, joining Rosemary Rodriguez, director of “Acts of Worship.”
She was chose at the recent Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
“The Doe Boy is a remarkably intelligent, sophisticated and surprising
film,” commented Jason Silverman, artistic director of Taos Talking
Pictures, in a prepared statement. “Randy has taken some complex issues of
identity, and revealed something new and powerful.” [Eugene Hernandez]
>> “Crouching Tiger” Inspired Films a Highlight at this Year’s LAFF
(indieWIRE/04.06.01) — The Los Angeles Film Festival announced yesterday
it will feature an Ang Lee showcase during this year’s event (April 20-28).
Co-presented with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the program features
three films and one short that inspired the director to make the Oscar
winning film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
Opening the showcase is the martial arts masterpiece, “A Touch of Zen” by
writer/director King Hu. The film was the first Chinese film ever to win an
award at Cannes and is infused with, according to the Festival, “dazzling
spectacle and intricate narrative structure.” Ang Lee will attend the
opening night at the DGA in Los Angeles. Also in the series is Patrick
Tam‘s “The Sword” about a wandering warrior seeking a precious blade while
“Iron Monkey,” directed by Yuen Woo-Ping, screens the following evening.
The helmer is credited as the director who launched Jackie Chan to stardom
and also choreographed the martial arts in “Crouching Tiger.” King Hu’s
short, “Anger” will precede the feature.
“We asked Ang Lee to participate in the festival before the release of
‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,’ and we are so honored to have him
participate,” commented IFP/West Executive Director Dawn Hudson in a
prepared statement. “Now with the success of ‘Crouching Tiger,’ we expect
a whole new audience for these films.” The Los Angeles Film Festival, a
project of the IFP/West, launched in 1995 as a forum for North American
cinema, music and new media. [Brian Brooks]