DAILY NEWS: NYFF Opening; $5 Million Benefit; Pipedream Nominees
by Eugene Hernandez, Anthony Kaufman and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> 39th NYFF Kicks Off Tonight with “Va Savoir”
(indieWIRE/09.28.01) — While Broadway struggles to regain its former Gotham
glitter, just about 20 blocks up the avenue, Lincoln Center will be the talk
of the town tonight (Friday) as it hosts the 39th New York Film Festival.
French director Jacques Rivette‘s “Va Savoir” opens the 17-day international
event, which arguably assembles the best films from the past year’s festival
calendar, from Sundance (“Waking Life“) to Berlin (“Italian for Beginners“), Cannes (“Mulholland Drive“) to Venice (“Y Tu Mama Tambien“). “It’s a good spread,from masters to newcomers,” the Film Society of Lincoln Center‘s Richard Pena told indieWIRE when the lineup was announced in late August.
As an industry event, the New York Festival is known for launching many of
this fall’s arthouse movies; in addition to opener, “Va Savoir,” selections
such as “La Cienaga,” “Fat Girl,” “Mulholland Drive,” “Intimacy,” and
“Waking Life” will all be released within a few weeks of their NYFF
premieres. Smaller distributors will also be on hand, scouring available
entries for prestige pick-ups: critically praised movies like Manoel de
Oliveira‘s “I’m Going Home” and Laurent Cantet‘s “Time Out” are likely targets. As Pena recently told indieWIRE, “I’ve always believed that if the
beginning and ending of a film’s life is at Lincoln Center, we’ve failed.
I’ve always believed in getting the work out there.”
This year’s festival will also host a panel on Making Movies That Matter,
including Oliver Stone and Christopher Hitchens in the discussion, a revival screening of “Night of the Hunter,” their annual Views from the Avant-Garde series, with new works from luminaries Stan Brakhage, Robert Beavers, and Nathaniel Dorsky, among others, and an unprecedented collection of 16 short films, highlighted by Candy Kugel‘s 20 years-in-the-making “InBetweening America,” playing before the world premiere of Wes Anderson‘s “The Royal Tenenbaums.” [Anthony Kaufman]
>> Movie Theaters Raise $5 Million for Disaster Relief
(indieWIRE/09.28.01) — Initial estimates indicate that Tuesday’s “Victims
Benefit Day at the Movies” raised more than $5 million for the disaster
relief effort. The benefit united theater owners and film distribution
companies as both entities donated 100% of all Tuesday’s ticket and
concessions revenues to the cause. [Eugene Hernandez]
“The members of the motion picture exhibition and distribution industry
continue to recognize and commend the heroic efforts of the individuals
and organizations who have worked so tirelessly in the rescue and relief
operations,” commented the National Association of Theater Owners, in a
prepared statement. “We wish to express our sympathy to all those whose
lives were so painfully altered by the terrible events of September 11.
We hope that our contribution can help ease the pain in some small way.”
>> IFP Announces Finalists for this Year’s Pipedream Script Award
(indieWIRE/09.27.01) — Five finalists competing for the $10,000 Pipedream
Script Award were announced recently by the Independent Feature Project
(IFP). Sponsored by Annie Schulhof, President of New York-based, Pipedream Productions, the prize recognizes one IFP Market screenwriter whose work is still in development. Along with the cash prize, the winner will also
receive a copy of Final Draft, Inc.‘s screenwriting software to assist in
completion of the project.
This year’s winner will be revealed during the IFP Market taking place in
Gotham September 30 – October 5. All nominated scripts will be available at
the script library at the IFP Market.
“The opportunity to present this award to an up-and-coming screenwriter is
truly gratifying,” commented Schulhof in a prepared statement, who created
the award in memory of her late father. Finalists include Doug Pfeifer
(“Golden Boys”); Michael Brophy (“Father Brown”); Maddy Lederman (“The
Little Fraulein”); Rebecca Sonnenshine (“Mermaid Dreams”); and Yaphet L.
Smith (“The Supermarvelous”).
New York-based IFP is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting
independent film. [Brian Brooks]
>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Screening Room Returns, Academy Donation
(indieWIRE/09.27.01) — After a more than two-week shutdown following the
tragedy in downtown Manhattan, The Screening Room is re-opening. And, AMPAS President Frank Pierson has announced that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors will donate one million dollars to aid the victims of the September 11th tragedy.