February 1, 1996

Short Takes, February 1996

IDA Board Election Results

The IDA is pleased to welcome five new members to its 1996 Board of Directors: Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Carol L. Fleisher; producer Lyn Goldfarb; Academy Award­ nominated producer David Haugland; Carol Munday Lawrence, a film and television producer, writer, and director; and Lance Webster, associate director of national press relations and head of the Los Angeles office for the PBS Television Network. Along with pro­ducer Richard Wells, who was reelected to the board for a second term, these new faces are expected to enrich the board with their talent and experience.

At its December 20 meeting, the board conducted officer elections for 1996. The new president of IDA is former second vice president Lisa Leeman; first vice president is Richard Wells; sharing the combined position of second vice president and secretary are Stephen Roche and Rich Samuels; and Mitchell W. Block remains treasurer. Congratulations to all!

Departing the board are Lee Lew-Lee and Carmen Vega, regional board member Henry Breitrose, former secretary Marilyn Ryan, former first vice president Ann Hassett, and Mel Stuart, who served the maximum time permitted as president. All contributed considerably during their tenure on the board and will be missed.

Canal+, Nat'l Geo Join Forces

Canal+, an international media group, and award-winning documentary program producer National Geographic Television have combined their documentary catalogs with the establishment of a joint-venture documentary distribution company called Explore international. The new venture, located in London, is headed by National Geographic Television's former managing director of international distribution, Helen Tourell.

In addition to the catalog made up of product from the two partners, Explore International also represents strands of wildlife and natural history programming from Turner Original Productions. Explore international aims to provide a focused and efficient marketing and sales distribution effort for its partners, as well as for other documentary producer clients, and plan s to develop new partners hip deals and co-production opportunities and to create deeper penetration of brand and block programming.

Alternative Exhibition Guide

The Film Arts Foundation is offering an updated edition of AEIOU, its Alternative Exhibition Information of the Universe. AEIOU.2 provides descriptions and submission information for over 200 U.S. and international venues that regularly exhibit alternative independent film and video.

The guide is helpful for independent filmmakers attempting to screen their work to as broad an audience as possible, as well as to exhibitors seeking to provide more diverse programming by venturing outside the standard independent film and video networks. More than 50 new listings have been added since the first publication. The guide is currently available at cost. To receive a copy, send an addressed mailing label and $7.00 to cover photocopying and postage to: AEIOU.2, Film Arts Foundation, 346 Ninth St., 2nd Fl., San Francisco, CA 94103.