FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 30, 2001

Contact: Margot Gerber

Tel.: 323.461.2020 x 115

E-mail: amcin@msn.com

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS THE

2001 SKYY VODKA SHORT FILM AWARD WINNERS & FINALISTS MARATHON

 

May 16, 2001

 

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque presents THE SKYY VODKA SHORT FILM AWARD WINNERS & FINALISTS MARATHON SCREENING starting at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, May 16, 2001. This two hour program will include the four winners and eight finalists in the first annual Skyy Vodka Short Film Award competition, programmed by the American Cinematheque and juried by: Interview magazine film critic Graham Fuller; Sundance Short Film Programmer Trevor Groth; Skyy Vodka Founder Maurice Kanbar; director Doug Liman (SWINGERS, GO); director Luis Mandoki (ANGEL EYES); American Cinematheque Director Barbara Smith and Premiere magazine Editor Anne Thompson. Films competed in four categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Animation and "Cocktail Moment." Awards were announced at an invitation only ceremony on April 17th at the Egyptian Theatre. The 12 winners and finalists will play in back-to-back programs by category with discussions in between categories with available filmmakers. The screening of each category will begin at the time listed below, but the order of films within each category may change slightly from the order listed here. One $8 general admission ticket will buy all four category blocks. Individual categories are not sold separately. Consider it a quadruple feature! All films were completed after January 1999 in the USA. Guests are subject to their availability. All screening are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic 1922 Grauman’s Hollywood Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2001

The Wednesday, May 16th program begins at 7:30 PM with the FICTION category. Films included are as follows. Nicole Bettauer’s "Cloud Nine" (16 min.) In this inventive comedy, a pivotal, romantic evening with his girlfriend goes completely awry when Daniel manages to argue with everyone he encounters… including a man in the restaurant bathroom who shakes urine in his eye… Eric Rolnick’s "The Truce" (9 min.) In this emotional drama, based on a true story, enemy troops play a game of soccer during a WW I Christmas Day cease fire. On the sidelines, two enemy soldiers manage to briefly connect as human beings Sparse dialog and an incredibly realistic period look make for a mature debut from a 22-year-old filmmaker. Anne Hess’ "The Speed of Light" (12 min.) In this visually evocative film, a mature sense of reality begins to fuse with a young boy’s childish perception, as he tests his mother’s love along the road one afternoon. **WINNER: Mahesh Pailoor’s "Little India" (13 min.) When 24-year-old Naveen listens in on his mother’s phone conversation, questioning she and her husband’s choice to come to the United States to make their lives, he suddenly finds himself choosing between the culture he was brought up in (in the suburban US) and his Indian cultural heritage. Discussion following with the filmmakers from "Cloud Nine."

Following at 8:30 PM is the NON-FICTION category: Johanna Lee’s "Bitter and Sweet" (10 min.) A portrait of a Chinese couple who run an acupuncture and herbal remedy business in New York City. **WINNER: Aaron Lubarsky’ "Uncle Eugene" (14 min.) A powerful portrait of the filmmaker’s uncle, a once brilliant chess master who is plagued by mental illness that makes him almost incapable of functioning in society… not to mention self-mutilating. His mother blames his mental problems on experimentation with drugs during his college days.

 

Following at 9:00 PM is the COCKTAIL MOMENT category: Patrick Smith’s "Drink" (5 min.) An animated character takes a drink of something that takes him on a truly transforming adventure! Amie Steir’s "Zoe Loses It" (15 min.) Amanda Peet and Gretchen Moll star in this comedy about a woman who is obsessed with a guy who isn’t calling her. Her Saturday night continues to take stranger and stranger twists when she goes to call him from a pay phone to avoid being embarrassed by the tell-all powers of caller ID... **WINNER: Paul Marashlian’s "Merry Christmas" (15 min.) Based on John Cheever’s short story "Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor." Charlie the elevator operator uses this circumstance to his best advantage as he carries the wealthy residents of the apartment building where he works, up-and-down on Christmas Day. Discussion following with filmmakers Amie Steir and Paul Marashlian.

 

Following at 9:30 PM is the ANIMATION category: Eric Anderson’s "Horses on Mars" (7.5 min.) The delightfully quirky four billion year journey home, of a microbe through the inner solar system. Tom Schroeder’s "Bike Ride" (6.5 min.) Fluid black and white graphics cleverly morph to the combined rhythm of a jazz drummer and a narrator lamenting a five hour bike ride to see a girl who didn’t want to see him! **WINNER: Javier Martinez’ "Luz" (8 min.) The winner of just about every award it has been eligible to receive, including the Student Academy Award, introduces us to a little girl wandering through a nearly post-apocalyptic world. She is drawn by a flickering light into a world that merges fantasy and reality… and finally returns home in a most unexpected way. Discussion following with filmmakers Eric Anderson and Javier Martinez.

 

* DIGITAL IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE. SEND A REQUEST VIA E-MAIL TO publicity@americancinematheque.com *

 

Filmmakers are available for interview. Call for details. The films listed below have websites with additional information. THE TRUCE (WWW.THETRUCE.COM); DRINK (WWW.PATSMITH.COM); HORSES ON MARS (www.horsesonmars.com)

For information about Skyy Vodka or the Skyy Vodka Short Film Awards, please see www.skyy.com or call Jeanne Berney at Rogers & Cowen (310.201.8848).

 

WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS.

 

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.

ALL OF THE FILMS ARE AVAILABLE TO PRESS SCREEN ON VIDEO TAPE, IN OUR OFFICE. TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE VIDEOTAPES IN OUR OFFICE PLEASE CALL MARGOT GERBER AT 323.461.2020, ext. 115. THANK YOU.

 

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING. FAX TO 323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST. YOUR NAME WILL THEN BE ON A LIST AT THE BOX OFFICE.

 

If you would like to receive press screening notices and press releases by e-mail, please e-mail amcin@msn.com and you will be added to our e-mail list.

 

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Please note that our ticket prices increased as of Feb. 15, 2001. New Prices: $8 General; $6 Cinematheque Members. $7 Seniors (65+ years) and students with

valid ID card. Must be shown at box office at time of purchase.

 

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.

 

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