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DAILY NEWS: Demme Obituary; Lions Gate Pick-up; Berlin Films; and Miramax Pacts

DAILY NEWS: Demme Obituary; Lions Gate Pick-up; Berlin Films; and Miramax Pacts

DAILY NEWS: Demme Obituary; Lions Gate Pick-up; Berlin Films; and Miramax Pacts

by Eugene Hernandez, Matthew Ross and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

>> Ted Demme Dies at Age 37

(indieWIRE: 01.15.02) — Director Ted Demme died Sunday after suffering a
heart attack at a celebrity basketball in Santa Monica, CA. Reuters
reported yesterday that Dr. Matthew Budoff of Harbor UCLA Medical Center described the cause as “sudden cardiac death.”

The nephew of director Jonathan Demme, Demme was in pre-production on
Nautica” with Ewan McGregor and Heath Ledger. He was also working with director Richard LeGravenese on an IFC documentary about American filmmaking in the 1970s, which will be released by IFC Films prior to
airing on the channel next year.

Born Edward Demme on Oct. 26, 1964, the director debuted in 1993 with
Who’s the Man.” His most recent effort was last year’s “Blow,” starring
Johnny Depp. He also directed “Beautiful Girls,” “Life,” “Snitch,” and “The Ref,” in addition to several episodes of the acclaimed television
show “Homicide: Life on the Streets.” [Eugene Hernandez]

>> Lions Gate Gets “May”

(indieWIRE: 01.15.02) — Sundance buzz continued Monday with one confirmed
acquisition and strong interest in a number of festival films. In a deal
that was announced at the close of business yesterday, Lions Gate acquired
May,” Lucky McKee‘s modern day take on the Frankenstein myth. The film stars Angela Bettis and Jeremy Sisto. Buyers are also rumored to be eyeing “Better Luck Tomorrow,” “The Dancer Upstairs,” “Face” “Personal Best” and “Paradox Lake,” among other titles. [Eugene Hernandez]

>> Berlin Confirms Partial Panorama Line-Up

(indieWIRE: 01.15.02) — The Berlin Film Festival is gearing up for its 52nd
annual spectacle in the German capital, confirming two-thirds of its Panorama
section for next month’s event. Films from twenty-six countries will be
represented in the Panorama‘s Main Program, Panorama Dokumente and Panorama Special sections, with France, the United States, Germany and Japan making
especially strong showings. The line-up was selected from a pool of over
1,500 submissions.

Highlights of Panorama 2002 include the German documentaries “Kriegerin des
” (Warrior of Light), directed by Monika Treut, Rosa von Praunheim‘s “Tunten lugen nicht” (Queens Don’t Cry). and David Riva‘s “Marlene Dietrich

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