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1 Aug , 2000  

Written by Allison Twomey | Posted by:

A report of news & events in the local industry

There will encore presentations of "The Jew in the Lotus" by Laurel Chiten at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston on August 24 at 6 pm and August 27 at 1:45 pm.  Since the film’s premiere in March 1998, more than 6,000 people have seen this film at the MFA, making it their most popular film ever. For more information, visit

Also, Alice Bouvrie’s feature length documentary, "Iditarod…A Far Distant Place" will be screening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on Saturday August 26, at 12:00 PM. For details call 617-369-3300 or visit or visit

"Big Man Run," an independent documentary by Women in Film and Video/ NE member Barbara Moran, will premiere at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on August 10 at 8 pm. The film documents the 1999 Big Man Run, a 5-mile annual road race in Somerville, MA for men over 190 lbs. Tickets for the 35-minute film are $5, and will be available at the door. For more information, contact Barbara Moran at 617-264-7910 or email

Film Festivals & Events

The Roxbury Film Festival (formerly called the Dudley Film Festival), featuring New England filmmakers of color will take place August 17-19 at Northeastern University. The festival will feature shorts, documentaries, youth videos, feature length and animated films. For ticket information please visit

The 9th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival will be held July 29-August 5, 2000 in Woods Hole, MA on Cape Cod. The festival places special emphasis on regional filmmakers and spotlights cinematography. In recent years, the celebration has expanded to offer more screenings, screenplay, staged readings, workshops, and panel discussions. For further details contact festival Director Judy Laster at 617-232-4722, visit, or email woho3@aol

The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) for independent film and video runs August 7-13, 2000. From its debut in 1997, RIIFF has become a leading juried competition in the United States. The Festival showcases international features, documentaries and shorts; promoting opportunities for distribution. This year, the Festival will screen more than 175 titles. For more information visit, or email

Other News

Miramax TV, HBO, and the writers of "Good Will Hunting" are about to give an unknown script the greenlight. Starting this fall, anyone in the U.S. can submit their screenplay electronically to Project Greenlight at The winner will be paid by Miramax to direct their feature film. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Chris Moore will be executive producers of the movie. Miramax TV will also produce a fast-paced, cinema-verite-style series for HBO covering the experience and Miramax Films will release the finished movie in theaters.

A hands-on digital video production workshop will be held at Endicott College August 6-11, 2000. New Harbor Media Institute’s "Convergence: The Future of Film, TV and the Web" will feature professionals working in the frontiers of the new media, and will offer participants the chance to work with the latest tools of the communications revolution. For more information, call New Harbor Media Institute at 978-921-7177 or visit

Scriptbiz, sponsored by Rhode Island International Film Festival is a one-day seminar and marketplace which focuses on how to break into the screenwriting business and stay there. Lectures, roundtable discussions, script consultations, private pitching sessions and more will take place August 12, 2000 in Providence, RI. For details, contact Eleyne Austen Sharp, Program Manager,, call 401-861-4445, or visit