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DAILY NEWS: New ITVS Chief; IFP/West Lab; Godard and Manhattan

DAILY NEWS: New ITVS Chief; IFP/West Lab; Godard and Manhattan

DAILY NEWS: New ITVS Chief; IFP/West Lab; Godard and Manhattan

by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

>> Fifer to Leave BAVC to Lead ITVS

(indieWIRE/05.24.01) — ITVS has completed its search for a new Executive Director, naming Sally Jo Fifer as the new head of the public television
production organization. Fifer is well known in the San Francisco film
community as the head of the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), an
organization that she has lead since 1992. She will join ITVS in August,
succeeding James T. Yee who passed away in March.

“Building on ITVS’s 10 years of extraordinary leadership bringing new voices
to public television, I am tremendously excited to serve as the next
Executive Director,” Fifer said in a prepared statement.

ITVS, which receives financing from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,
was created in 1991. It is one of the busiest producers of independent
programming in the country, having allocated more than $58 million for the
creation of public programming.

“Sally Jo’s unique skills and appreciation of the creative process as well
as her leadership in the media field are exceptional,” commented Mark Lloyd,
chairman of ITVS’s board of directors, in a prepared statement. Her
ability to build coalitions with independent producers and business people,
her political acumen, her knowledge of new technologies and her vision will
serve the organization well.” [Eugene Hernandez]

>> IFP/West Reveals this Spring’s Ten Screenwriters Taking Part in Lab

(indieWIRE/05.24.01) — Participants in the 2001 IFP/West Spring
Screenwriters Lab
were announced yesterday by Executive Director Dawn

Over 162 people submitted scripts for this Spring’s program. The IFP/West
Executive staff narrowed the final ten to: Christopher Anderson for “The
Fourth Beatitude
“; “Country of the Mind” by Gabrielle Burton; Mary Fuer,
Water“; “Cherry’s” by Deborah Goodwin; “The Failures” by Hal Haberman; “The Big Idea,” Gerald Jones; Jesse Lawler, “Naked At School“; “The Contract” by Kamala Lopez-Dawson; Kenyetta Smith’s “Prepping Keisha“; and David Vernon for “The Mostly Unfashionable Social Life of Ethan Green.”

The ten selected screenwriters will partake in an intensive seven-week lab
that is sponsored by the Writers Guild of America. Seminars, one-on-one
meetings with advisors consisting of notable writers, producers and
development executives will read and give notes on scripts submitted by the
participants selected. Past advisors have included Michael Tolkin (“The
“), Tommy O’Haver (“Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss“), and Alexander Payne (“Election“).

Writer/director/producer Lee David Zlotoff, who won the Audience Award best
dramatic feature at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival for his film, “Spitfire
” will return as this year’s Lab instructor.

“As we see the success of our past Screenwriter Lab participants, we get
more excited with each new class of selected writers,” said Hudson in a
prepared statement. The Independent Feature Project/West was founded in
1980 by filmmakers to serve as a nonprofit organization for the independent
film community and to increase interest in independent film. [Brian Brooks]

>> Godard’s “L’Amour” Set at Manhattan

(indieWIRE/05.24.01) — Manhattan Pictures has confirmed its acquisition of
the U.S. rights to Jean-Luc Godard‘s Cannes competition film, “Eloge de
” (In Praise of Love). Mannattan’s CEO Paul Cohen negotiated the pact with Carole Bararaton of Wild Bunch.

“My recent years lecturing at the graduate level at FSU on the cinematic
genius of the French New Wave movement’s impact on the world cinema which
followed did not prepare me for the emotional impact Godard’s film created
in me,” Cohen said in a prepared statement. “I believe the American audience
in love with cinema will want to see this film.”

“Eloge de L’Amour” is described in an announcement yesterday as “a
meditation on love told cinematically as a film-within-a-film.” Yesterday’s
announcement indicated that Manhattan will release the movie next Spring,
following its first release — Michael Apted‘s “Enigma.” [Eugene Hernandez]

>> WRAP-UP: 2001 Cannes Film Festival:

+ CANNES 2001: Biz Buzz — Considering Deal-making on the Rivera

+ CANNES 2001: Cannes Con; Moretti Mambos His Way To Victory

+ CANNES 2001: indieWIRE Critics Scorecard

+ CANNES 2001: iPOP On the Scene Photo Gallery

+ indieWIRE ON THE SCENE: Cannes 2001

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