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DAILY NEWS: NY Latino Fest Lineup; Walker + Assoc Plans; and IFC’s “Sex”

DAILY NEWS: NY Latino Fest Lineup; Walker + Assoc Plans; and IFC's "Sex"

DAILY NEWS: NY Latino Fest Lineup; Walker + Assoc Plans; and IFC's "Sex"

by Eugene Hernandez, Brian Brooks and Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE

>> NY Latino Fest’s 50 Films To Include “Empire,” “Manito,” “Spy Kids 2”

(indieWIRE: 06.03.02) — The New York International Latino Film Festival
announced a slate of 50 films for its fourth annual event, which will run
July 31 through August 4. Robert Rodriguez‘s “Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost
” will screen at a pre-opening kickoff on July 30. The opening film
will be Franc Reyes‘ “Empire,” starring John Leguizamo, and the closing film will be Sundance and Tribeca award winner “Manito,” directed by Eric Eason.

Among the remaining films (selected from 500 submissions) are “Still Not a
,” a documentary about rapper Big Pun that will have its world
premiere at the NYILFF. The fest will also feature two other world
premieres, five New York/U.S. Premieres and two sneak preview screenings.
International selections from Mexico, Argentina and Brazil will screen.

Lincoln Mercury, one of the festival’s sponsors (along with Budweiser), will
award a $5,000 grant to the fest’s best feature film. [Wendy Mitchell]

[For more info and a full schedule, visit]

>> Furstberger Leaving Walker + Assoc for Germany, Haines Promoted

(indieWIRE: 06.03.02) — A favorite of the New York film community is leaving
the Big Apple to return to his native Germany this summer. Publicist Rudi
, who has worked at Jeremy Walker + Associates since the agency’s founding in November, 1999, will return to his native Germany to become Vice
President of programming and acquisitions for Rosebud Entertainment
Veranstaltungs + Medien GmbH
based in Berlin and Hamburg. Rosebud organizes
two of Germany’s largest film festivals including The Fantasy Filmfest
spotlighting science fiction, horror and thriller films, as well as
Verzaubert, a gay and lesbian film festival. Furstberger will report to
Rosebud co-presidents and CEOs Schorsch Mueller and Rainer Stefan and
will join programming and acquisitions VPs Frederike Dellert and
Andreas Bernauer.

While at JW + A, Furstberger organized publicity campaigns for an array of
films including Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey‘s Sundance favorite, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” French shocker “Baise Moi,” Merchant/Ivory‘s “The Golden Bowl,” and Bart Freundlich‘s recent “World Traveler.” In addition, he has worked on campaigns for “Monster’s Ball,” “Series 7,” and “American Psycho” and has been the publicist for The New Festival, the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival for the past five years.

Agency chief Walker also announced on Friday that Jessica Haines, who
joined the company in October, 2000 has been promoted to junior publicist.
Since working with Walker, she has attended the Sundance Film Festival and
served as the unit publicist on ContentFilm‘s “The Hebrew Hammer” which
wrapped last week in New York. [Brian Brooks]

>> IFC Films Gets Breillat’s “Sex”

(indieWIRE: 06.03.02) — IFC Films has nabbed Cannes‘ 2002 Directors’
opener “Sex is Comedy.” The film, which was written and directed
by Catherine Breillat, features Anne Parillaud (“La Femme Nikita“) and Gergoire Colin (“Beau Travail“). In the movie, Parillaud, according to
an announcement, stars as “as a film director struggling to balance the
emotional wear and tear involved in filmmaking.”

“It’s a very smart comedy about the creative process and sexual politics,”
commented IFC’s Bob Berney in a prepared statement, adding. “We are excited
to release ‘Sex is Comedy,’ a funny and very accessible film that will
introduce Catherine Breillat to a wider American audience.”

Among IFC Films’ upcoming release are Paul McGuigan‘s “Gangster No. 1,” Jesse Peretz‘ “The Chateau,” Rose Troche‘s “The Safety of Objects,” and Austin Chick‘s “XX/XY.” The company is currently releasing the hit specialty films, “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” [Eugene Hernandez]

>> FRIDAY IN indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Italians Invade Lincoln Center, Nantucket Gears Up and CUFF Names Fund

(indieWIRE: 05.31.02) — Not many film cultures have much on the Italians in
terms of a pedigree. To help remind us that Italy hasn’t lost a beat on the
world film scene, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents its annual Open
Roads: New Italian Cinema series, which kicks off today and runs through
June 12; The summer film festival season is gearing up with the slate of
June events taking shape including plans for the Nantucket Film Festival
which will celebrate its 7th annual event June 20 – 23; And, the Chicago
Underground Film Festival has announced the recipients of its fourth annual
Chicago Underground Film Fund.”


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