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DAILY NEWS UPDATE: Lipsky Leaving Lot 47; Tarkovsky and Zanuck at Lincoln Center; Rolling River Fes

DAILY NEWS UPDATE: Lipsky Leaving Lot 47; Tarkovsky and Zanuck at Lincoln Center; Rolling River Fes

DAILY NEWS: Lipsky Leaving Lot 47; Tarkovsky and Zanuck at Lincoln Center; Rolling River Fest; and Scott Saunders Latest

by Eugene Hernandez and Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE

>> Jeff Lipsky Resigns From Lot 47

(indieWIRE: 08.16.02) — Jeff Lipsky, president and co-founder of Lot 47
, announced his resignation today from the three-year-old company he
once headed with his brothers Scott Lipsky and Mark Lipsky. The announcement
follows the departure of Mark Lipsky earlier this year. Scott Lipsky remains
chairman of the company, while Greg Williams remains CEO, according to Jeff
Lipsky, who is leaving the company immediately but will remain a board

An upbeat Jeff Lipsky spoke with indieWIRE today about his decision, saying,
“Leaving something you love is always sad, but I feel that there is no
business left undone — it is always nice to leave on a high note.” Lipsky
is referring to the critical and box-office success of the company’s release
of “The Fast Runner,” the final film on its slate. Jeff Lipsky, a co-founder
of October Films, indicated that he is still considering his next career

Lipsky declined to comment on the fate of Lot 47, deferring to CEO Williams
for specifics about the future of the company. Williams declined to speak
with indieWIRE immediately following Lipsky’s announcement. [Eugene

[indieWIRE will publish a full story about Lot 47 in Monday’s edition.]

>> Lincoln Center To Honor Tarkovsky, Zanuck

(indieWIRE: 08.15.02) — If master director Andrei Tarkovsky were still alive,
he would have celebrated his 70th birthday this year. The Film Society of
Lincoln Center
has decided to throw him a party anyway. From September 13-27 —
the two weeks prior to the opening of 40th New York Film Festival — a complete
retrospective of the filmmaker’s work will be shown at the Walter Reade
in New York City.

Tarkovsky fanatics will be pleased to note that arthouse distributor Kino
has chipped in for four new prints, including the complete,
uncut version of “Andrei Rublev.” Also featured in the series are two
documentaries about the director (one directed by Chris Marker) and
Tarkovsky’s thesis film, “The Steamroller and the Violin.”

The FSLC has also organized a one-night tribute to a filmmaker of a
decidedly different sensibility. On September 9, the Walter Reade will host
a screening of “How Green Was My Valley,” in honor of legendary Hollywood
producer and studio head Darryl F. Zanuck. The film will be introduced by
Mel Gussow, the author of “Darryl F. Zanuck: Don’t Say Yes Until I Finish
.” Zanuck’s son, producer Richard Zanuck, is also expected to attend.
[Matthew Ross]

>> Rolling River To Screen 30 American Indies

(indieWIRE: 08.15.02) — The film lineup for the Rolling River Music and
Film Festival
has been set, with more than 30 American independent films set
to screen. The film program for the five day event, held in St. Paul, Minn.,
was programmed in association with IFP Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The films, including a number of shorts and documentaries, are drawn from
such non-Hollywood locales as Alaska, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, North
Carolina, and Texas. Some highlights include music video director Mike
‘ documentary “Paperboys“; George Ratliff‘s “Hell House,” which documents a Texas church’s scary take on modern-day sins; “Kaaterskill
,” a Polanski-inspired feature that garnered a 2002 Spirit Award
nomination; and a 20th-anniversary screening of “Purple Haze,” a
Minnesota-set movie directed by David Burton Morris.

“It seems a perfect match, that a regional office of IFP should support
regional filmmakers, and so that’s what we are doing,” said IFP
Minneapolis/St. Paul programming director Todd Hansen. “IFP MSP
has focused this festival for American Independents on regional filmmakers,
regional stories, and films with a unique personal vision.”

In addition, the Independent Film Channel and Bravo Network will sponsor screenings of the opening night film, Arliss Howard‘s “Big Bad Love,” and also the Ohio football doc “Go Tigers!” Musical artists performing at the
event include Edwin McCain, Alanis Morisette, and Vanessa Carlton. [Wendy Mitchell]

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>> Saunders Gets “Technical”

(indieWIRE: 08.15.02) — Principal photography has begun in New York on “The
Technical Writer
,” starring Tatum O’Neal, William Forsythe, and Michael Harris, and directed by Scott Saunders.

“The Technical Writer” is the first production from Damage Control, the New
York production company formed earlier this year by industry veteran David
and businessman Michael Yanko to produce low-budget films by
experienced directors.

Co-written by Harris and Saunders, “The Technical Writer” is the story of
Merriman Jessup (Harris), who, by virtue of agoraphobia complicated by acute
social anxiety disorder, has cut himself off from contact with the outside
world. Jessup’s seclusion is shattered by the tumultuous arrival of a pair
of outgoing and cosmopolitan new neighbors

Shooting began on July 26 and will continue for four weeks in and around New
York City. Writer/director Saunders’ second feature “The Headhunter’s
” won the grand jury prize at the 1996 Florida Film Festival. He was
singled out for the “Someone To Watch” award at the 1998 IFP/Los Angeles
Independent Spirit Awards
, and also selected as one of Variety‘s “10 Digital Directors to Watch” in 2000. [Matthew Ross]

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