DAILY NEWS: Edinburgh Awards; and Nava's TV Drama
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> “Amelie” Takes Top Award in Edinburgh
(indieWIRE/08.27.01) — Jean-Pierre Jeunet‘s new film, “Amelie,” won the
audience award at the 2001 Edinburgh Film Festival. The opening night movie,
from the director of “Delicatessen” and “The City of Lost Children,” will be
released later this year in America by Miramax after theatrical success in
France. The Festival closed its 55th installment yesterday (Sunday) following a fifteen day run in the Scottish city.
The Michael Powell award for best new British feature film went to Kenny
Glenaan for “Gas Attack,” while the prize for best British short film went
to Alicia Duffy for “Crow Stone” and Brian Percival for “About A Girl.”
Michael Cuesta, director of “L.I.E.” and Zacharias Kunuk, director of
“Atanarjuat The Fast Runner,” shared the festival’s new director’s award.
Finally, the award for new British animation went to Suzie Templeton for
The end of the festival marks the departure of Aristic Director Lizzie
Francke, who previously announced that she would be leaving the event after
this year’s installment. Francke will be replaced by Shane Danielsen.
>> Nava’s “American Family” to Debut on PBS in January
(indieWIRE/08.27.01) — PBS has announced that it will debut Gregory Nava‘s Latino drama, “American Family,” in January. Funded by PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and FOX, the show was intially targeted as a CBS network drama, but after the broadcaster passed, PBS stepped in.
“American Family” is being produced by Nava’s El Norte Productions and PBS’
KCET in Hollywod. Twelve episodes are set, with an option for a second
season, according to an announcement. Nava’s company confirmed that
production on the series will begin next month. “American Family” will
become the second Latino drama currently on the air, following the debut of
“Resurrection Blvd,” a show now in its second season on Showtime.
“The series is about an American family living in Los Angeles that happens
to be Latino,” commented Nava in a prepared statement. “I want to create a
show that will make the audience laugh and cry as it chronicles the daily
struggles and triumphs of a family. ‘American Family’ is about everyone’s
family.” [Eugene Hernandez]
>> FRIDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Woodstock Fest Plans; Lions Gate Acquisition
(indieWIRE/08.23.01) — Woodstock announces its lineup for its September
event; and Lion’s Gate gets rights to Tim Blake Nelson‘s “The Grey Zone“.
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