SOURCE: MOXIE!/Santa Monica International Film Festival
MOXIE!/Santa Monica International Film Festival Announces Its 2001 MOXIE! Award Winners
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- MOXIE!/Santa Monica International Film Festival (www.smff.com), is proud to announce the MOXIE! award winners celebrating the spirit of the independent filmmaker and talent behind the independent film movement.
-- Experimental Film, "One Step Beyond": AMAMI, directed by Guglielmo Zanette
-- Contemporary Short Drama: GRANDFATHER'S BIRTHDAY, directed by Gayle Knutson
-- Contemporary Short Comedy: IN GOD WE TRUST, directed by Jason Reitman
-- Best Animation: DOWNPOUR, directed by Aaron Woodley
-- Best Documentary: A FORCE MORE POWERFUL, directed by Steve York/Jack Duvall
-- Best Dramatic Feature: THE BREAD MY SWEET, directed by Melissa Martin
-- Best Comedy Feature: THE WOMAN EVERY MAN WANTS, directed by Gabriela Tagliavini
-- The X-Series Audience Award: THE BASEMENT AND THE KITCHEN, directed by Dave Fickas
-- Best Director of Photography: THE TESTIMONY OF TALLESIN JONES, directed by Martin Duffy
-- Best Screenwriting: THE TESTIMONY OF TALLESIN JONES, directed by Martin Duffy
-- Best Composer: Conrad Pope for THE RISING PLACE, directed by Tom Rice
-- Best Producer: Tom Rice for THE RISING PLACE, directed by Tom Rice
-- Best Actor: Lee Majors for his performance in HERE, directed by Brendan Donovan
-- Best Actress: Nandita Das for her performance in SANDSTORM, directed by Jag Moha
-- Special Jury Award: BOROUGH OF KINGS, directed by Elyse Lewin
MOXIE! Is the spirit of the Santa Monica International Film Festival -- an homage to the sheer guts and perseverance that independent filmmakers have in order to succeed in an extremely competitive and challenging industry. The Santa Monica International Film Festival is a year-round film festival that culminates into a weeklong film and music festival, taking place on February 14-19, 2001. The event is a launch pad for all undistributed films, with a monthly series showcasing projects that are entered into competition. For more information, please go to: http://www.moxieawards.com
Lee speaking at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah and with Director Brendan Donovan
Lee appears at the Newport International Film Festival in Rhode Island during the week of June 5-10th, 2001
Photos taken by and used with permission by Susan Sarantos
Filmmakers Make Movie From Scratch
By BRIAN CAROVILLANO, Associated Press Writer
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - The challenge: Start from scratch. Come up with a story line and a plot. Add professional actors, crew and director and make a movie.
The catch: Do it all in five days and be prepared to show it to filmmakers and critics from around the world.
Oh, and by the way, there's no budget.
That was how ``Five Days to Sunday'' was made by the Newport Film Project, part of the fourth annual Newport International Film Festival. After a marathon weekend editing session at a rented cottage in Middletown, the 7-minute improvisational comedy debuted Sunday at the city's Opera House Cinema.
``Not only are we doing it in five days, we're doing it on five dollars,'' said the producer, Steph Accetta, a production supervisor on the NBC show ``Providence.''
It was the second year the project ran concurrently with the festival. This time, the production team was comprised entirely of Rhode Islanders.
Work began Tuesday with a public brainstorming session where festival-goers got to pitch ideas for the film.
``By the end of the night we had a two-page outline,'' said Accetta, who lives in Cranston.
A casting company lined up the talent, including members of a Boston comedy troupe, Improv Asylum. The lead actress was Libby Langdon, producer of ``Say You'll Be Mine,'' which premiered at the festival Sunday.
``Five Days to Sunday'' was shot Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at spots around Newport by Narragansett director Leif Husted-Jensen.
Actors and filmmakers who were in town for the festival found their way into the film. Former ``Six Million Dollar Man'' Lee Majors made a cameo, as did Pawtucket native Michael Corrente, Langdon's husband and director of ``Shot at Glory,'' a film starring Robert Duvall that premiered this year at Newport.
Everything was donated, including the time of the actors and crew. Sony loaned a high-definition video camera.
On Friday, Husted-Jensen shot a scene inside the opera house with three dozen extras packed into the first four rows. ``You're seeing a horrible movie,'' he instructed them. ``Act disgusted, or just sit there stony-faced.''
As he rolled by slowly on a wheeled dolly, face pressed to the camera's eyepiece, the characters ad-libbed their lines. The audience members adopted dour expressions, and after eight takes, Husted-Jensen was satisfied with the outcome.
``I've never done any improv, but it's a lot of fun,'' said Langdon. ``With each take I'm saying something different, so it'll be fascinating what ends up in the film.''
Langdon and Improv Asylum co-founder Norm Laviolette played sleazy New York producers who bring a trashy film to the Newport festival. Chet Harding, another Improv Asylum co-founder, played an impostor director whose mysterious film becomes the talk of the festival.
The actors themselves weren't sure where the plot would take them.
``We just keep making things up as we go along,'' said actress Monique Bourgery. ``Nobody really knows how it's going to turn out. Every time I feel like I have a grasp I lose it.''
For more information on the Film Festival go to Newport Film Festival
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