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DAILY NEWS: LAFF Film Nabbed by IFC; NEA’s Ivey Stepping Down

DAILY NEWS: LAFF Film Nabbed by IFC; NEA's Ivey Stepping Down

DAILY NEWS: LAFF Film Nabbed by IFC; NEA's Ivey Stepping Down

by Eugene Hernandez and Maud Kersnowski/indieWIRE

>> “The Chateau” Acquired by IFC Films after LA Film Fest Debut

(indieWIRE/04.25.01) — The Los Angeles Film Festival is generally thought
of as a festival where deals are begun, but not announced. But yesterday,
IFC Films snapped up the domestic rights to Jesse Peretz‘s “The Chateau” after a weekend screening. Some are wondering if this year will prove to be
the exception to rule for the renamed festival since the buzz is that “The
Chateau” isn’t the only film that has buyers thinking of pulling out their

“We are truly excited to be releasing this film and plan to aggressively get
behind it in order to reach as wide an audience as possible,” Bob Berney,
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for IFC Films said.

The film starring Paul Rudd (“Cider House Rules,” “Wet Hot American Summer“) and Romany Malco (“Ticker,” “True Vinyl,” “The Prime Gig“) was produced by Scott Macaulay and Robin O’Hara. It is a GreeneStreet Films presentation of a Forensic Films production in association with Crossroads Films. The deal for the digitally shot feature was negotiated by John Sloss of Cinetic Media, Vickie Cherkas of GreeneStreet and IFC’s Jonathan Sehring and Berney.

Calling the movie “a textbook case for wanna-be DV auteurs” in the indieWIRE
review published after the film’s debut in Rotterdam this year, critic G.
Allen Johnson added, “Sure, it uses handheld camera movements, but with
sense and sensibility. It uses natural lighting, but often to achieve a
subdued sumptuousness. And most of all, it is, despite its wacky plotting, a
work of restraint, proving again that it is the content, not the form, which
makes good cinema.” The film will screen again at the LA Film Fest this
weekend. [Maud Kersnowski]

READ indieWIRE’s REVIEW of “The Chateau” at

>> Ivey to Step Down Early from NEA Chairman Post

(indieWIRE/04.25.01) — Bill Ivey, the Chairman of the National Endowment
for the Arts
, has submitted a letter of resignation to President George W.
, effective September 30, 2001, eight months before his four-year term
was to have ended.

“My hope is that by announcing now that I will step down at the end of this
fiscal year, the new administration will be able to move efficiently to
choose new leadership for the Arts Endowment,” Ivey said in a prepared
statement yesterday issued by the NEA. “I will continue to work aggressively
with this Congress to complete the budget appropriations process for Fiscal
Year 2002 and to ensure that there is a smooth transition within the Office
of Chairman.”

A musician with degrees in history, folklore, and ethnomusicology, Ivey
received unanimous confirmation in 1998. According to an NEA announcement
yesterday, he secured an increase in funding of $7 million, mostly for arts
education, the first jump since 1992.

According to the Associated Press, Ivey had expressred an intention to stay
in his post if he could secure support from the Bush administration. The
AP said last night that Congress has yet to approve the Bush proposal for
an NEA budget at the same level — $105 million.

From 1971 through 1998, Ivey ran the Country Music Foundation, an education
and research organization based in Nashville. [Eugene Hernandez]

>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: LAFF Report; 34 More in Cannes; Japanese Legend Dies

(indieWIRE/04.23.01) — As the treatened strike looms, the LAFF takes note,
meanwhile Cannes has added three new films to Un Certain Regard and planned
an outdoor screening. Also today, remembering legendary Japanese
director/artist, Hiroshi Teshigahara.


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