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Seen on the Scene: August 18-25, 1997

25 Aug , 1997  

Written by Adam Graham, Kim Zagorsky and Michele (LaMura) Meek | Posted by:

Meet Joe Black, Anything Wild, Nosey Parker, Connecticut Film Office


The Green Mountain Independent Film Festival 1997 to be held on November 7-13, 1997 is accepting 16mm and 35mm independent films of all genres. An entry form with your name, address, film title and category must be accompanied by a 1/2" VHS tape and $20 (payable to Green Research, Inc.). Pack in a reusable container and ship prepaid and insured to: GMIFF, 57 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. If you have questions email Cindy Leung at greenr@together.net or call 802-223-7330. GMIFF ’97 is a Vermont-based, nonprofit event with support from the Vermont Film Commission, The Savoy, Green Research Inc., Watercolor Designs and New Media Factory. The submission deadline is September 15, 1997.

The Sneak Preview Summer Tour of A Stranger In The Kingdom, Howard Frank Mosher’s New England Book Award Winner for Fiction adapted for the screen by Vermont Director Jay Craven (Where The River’s Flow North)  will be touring Vermont throughout late August.  Call 1-800-462-4490.

The new Vermont Film Commission is working on a comprehensive production guide. They are aiming to be online in the fall. If you want to be listed in the guide or would like to receive a print copy, email vtfilmcom@gate.dca.state.vt.us. Also, Vermont will be attending ShowBiz East at the Javitt’s Center in late September: Find them at Booth # 660.

Director of the critically acclaimed Man With A Plan, John O’Brien, will be starting his next project Nosey Parker soon. For more info check out http://www.spreadfred.com

Rhode Island

The new Universal studios production Meet Joe Black, a remake of Death Takes a Holiday that stars  Brad Pitt and Sir Anthony Hopkins and directed by Martin Brest, began production around August 10 in Warwick, Rhode Island.  A recent open casting call brought over 500 hopefuls to the Newport Marriott to be considered as an extra in the elegant dinner party and birthday scene.  Sylvia Fay Casting was looking for nearly 1000 extras in the age range of forty plus and was also calling for luxury cars to be used on the set.  401-849-1000.

The Providence Film Commission will be at this year’s Show Biz Expo-NY on September 25-27at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Visit them at booth #636.

THE STUDIO POETS are looking for actors and actresses for the feature film High Art, Low Life they will shoot in the fall. They are also looking for artwork from local artists. Please send headshots, resumes, and photographs of art work to: STUDIO POETS, P.O. Box 3299, Providence, RI 02909, Fax: (401) 621 – 2281.

Some of the films coming to the Providence Area this fall are Outside Providence directed by Michael Corrente, Something about Sara produced by the Farrelly Brothers and Rum Runner.

The first issue of the Providence Film Commission newsletter "Film Notes" will be published soon. Contact them  to get on the mailing list: provfilm@providenceri.com or call 401-273-FILM.

CenterCity Artisans Galleries is showcasing Rhode Island Filmmakers  August 21 – September 13 at the Arcade on 65 Weybosset Street in Providence. A different film will be shown every afternoon. Featured filmmakers include John Devault, Amy Kravitz, Winnie Lambrecht, and Steven Subotnick. For more information call 401-521 – 2990.


Anyplace Wild, the Maine-produced series is currently airing on PBS. Catch Episode Twelve, "Whitewater Canoeing Maine’s Machias River" scheduled for the week of August 25.

Maine’s production community will soon have its own professional organization that will help promote film, TV, video and other media in the state. It will be open to Maine-based production professionals. The new Maine producers group will work with the Maine Film Commission and Maine Film Office on marketing, education and Internet projects. For more information, contact Jeff Dobbs at 207-288-9008.


The Boston Film & Video Foundation has welcomed two new staff members—Laura Wilson as the Education Director and Devon Damonte as the Director of Member Services. http://www.actwin.com/BFVF/

Tim Wright’s documentary Conservation of Matter: The Rise and Fall of Boston’s Elevated Subway won the Grand Prize and Audience Choice Award at the 1997 US Super-8mm Film & Video Festival in New Jersey.


The Connecticut Film and Video Office has recently moved. Their new contact information is: Pat Koch-Lewin, Connecticut Film Office, 505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106. The office is currently planning the development of a website.