"Jungle" at Urbanworld; FilmStew.com and Indies; Atlanta Fest Plans
by Eugene Hernandez and Maud Kersnowski/indieWIRE
>>Rosenfeld’s “Jungle” Finds A Home
(indieWIRE/05.30.01) — Seth Zvi Rosenfeld‘s “King of the Jungle” has been
acquired by Urbanworld Films, according to Variety. The Hollywood trade
indicated that the company plans to release the film in the fall.
“Jungle,” which stars John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, Michael Rapaport and Annabella Sciorra, was produced by Forensic Films‘ Scott Macaulay and Robin O’Hara. Rosenfeld’s last feature was “A Brother’s Kiss,” he also directed an episode of “Subway Stories.” [Eugene Hernandez]
>> FilmStew Aims Filmmaking Resources at Indies
(indieWIRE/05.30.01) — Editing a film from a remote location used to be
something that only big budget directors like Steven Spielberg could afford,
but by the end of the summer this once pricey luxury will be possible for
films with budgets far below $100 million.
Filmstew.com and American Multiplexer Corporation (AMC Network Services) are teaming up to bounce high grade digital and broadband content over AMC
Network Services’ satellite to Filmstew’s website. Filmmakers will be able
to swap everything from dailies to demo reels from anywhere in the world.
While the price tag for this service has not been announced, John Culton,
Chairman of FilmStew.com, told indieWIRE that it will be within reach of
A variety of levels of service will be available from online conferencing
where dailies or script editing can be viewed simultaneously from different
locations to instantly exchanging reels. Users will be able to choose
add-ons such as VPN encryption when they feel the need. “I don’t think
anybody’s going to want to pass dailies without encryption but they probably
won’t want to encrypt a demo reel,” explained Culton. The option to deliver
fully encrypted information to Filmstew will also be available.
Filmstew also offers a wide variety of film industry services on their
website, most notably a database of 30,000 international businesses
associated with the film industry, to which Filmstew adds an average of
5,000 names a month according to Culton. “AMC is looking at us as a way to
get to the eyes and ears of the industry,” remarked Culton. [Maud
>> “Hedwig” Opening Atlanta Fest; 160 Movies Set for Anniversary Installment of Event
(indieWIRE/05.30.01) — John Cameron Mitchell‘s “Hedwig and The Angry Inch,” which will open New York’s Gay & Lesbian Film Festival tomorrow (Thursday), will also kick-off the 25th Annual Atlanta Film & Video Festival later this month. The film, which will be released by Fine Line this summer, will open
the fest on June 8th, while Takeshi Kitano‘s “Brother,” which Sony Classics will release, closes the festival on June 16th. Both screenings will
take place at the High Museum‘s Rich Auditorium.
More than 160 films and video will screen in Atlanta, according to
organizers at the IMAGE Film & Video Center. Ryan Deussing‘s doc about the Confederate flag, “Confederacy Theory,” will screen, as will Eric
Saperston‘s road doc, “The Journey.” Other docs on tap include “A Stirling
Performance,” exploring a recent R.E.M. tour; “A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake,” about the increasingly popular musician; and Alex Nohe‘s doc
about the bohemian gathering, “Burning Man: The Burning Sensation.”
Narrative movies set to screen include Thomas Bezucha‘s gay & lesbian
festival award-winner, “Big Eden,” Chris Munch‘s “The Sleepy Time Gal,” starring Jacqueline Bisset, and Ilya Chaiken‘s popular “Margarita Happy Hour.” [Eugene Hernandez]
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