July 1, 1997

Short Takes, July / August 1997


Kicking off the month of June, IDA and the Museum of Tolerance combined forces to screen Pare Lorentz's Nuremberg at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in LA. Next, IDA's executive director Betsy McLane hosted, with IDA trustee Sheila Nevins, a screening of former IDA board member Jessica Yu's much-lauded short pic, Breathing Lessons, at HBO's midtown Manhattan offices. IDA prezy David Haugland joined IDA board member Marina Goldovskaya to beat the drum for IDA at the Vue sur le Doc on the Riviera. Second-in-command Grace Ouchida cooled her heels at the homefront, fielding the initial trickle of what would soon become a veritable torrent of entries in the 13th annual IDA Awards hulabaloo. Steven Roche bowed out as member mix master, and the few remaining docu-­faithful who wet their whistles and gabbed non-fiction on a bi-monthly basis repaired to their homes and waited out the days of causeries and confabs to come.

Douglass M.Stewart. Jr. & OMS Production Services, Inc.: New IDA Trustee

Doug Stewart and DMS produce tele­vision specials (3 TV's Funniest Families, co-producer, NBC), syndicated pilots (Real Stories of the Highway Patrol), live events (Prime Time Emmy® Awards Press Confer­ence and home video product (Harper's Bazaar Yoga Workout with Yvette Mimieux). In addition, DMS has provided film pack­ages to 14 consecutive Academy Awards® programs, 6 Emmy telecasts, 5 Television Hall of Fame specials, all 6 Environmental Media Awards shows, 12 ASC Film & Television Awards and 12 ASCAP Pop Music Awards shows.

Stewart developed and co-produced Fatal Charm, a feature motion picture MCEG. In the past few years, he has written, produced and directed historical films on the Directors Guild of America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. DMS is currently filming The Story of Oscar, a look at the exciting history of AMPAS. DMS has recently completed two films for Kistler Aerospace Cor­poration: a ground-breaking company that is building the world's first reusable rocket developed without government funding.

Recent projects include the 48th Emmy Awards, the 12th Annual Television Hall of Fame, the 30th Annual Country Music Association Awards and the celebration of President Clinton's 50th Birthday. Stewart also served as coordinating producer on the ABC television special Celebrate the Dream; he just completed his 15th year as film supervisor of the 69th Academy Awards.

The Image Bank Releases Sports Catalogue

The Dallas-based Image Bank, a subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company, recently released The A to Z of Sports. The 208-page catalogue features more than 1,400 photographs and illustrations cover­ing 70 different international sports. In addition to stills, the catalogue includes an alphabetical listing of The Image Bank's collection of extraordinary sports-film footage. To minimize the time spent find­ing the right shot, The Image Bank offers a choice of computerized high-speed research methods, including Keyboard Search System (KSS) for still images; IMAGE INDEX for film; and searchable CD catalogues, in addition to its selection of print catalogues.

Summer Releases Not All Budget Busting

Craving for an antidote to dinosaurs, aliens, and terror on the high seas? This summer's slate of theatrical releases includes a fair number of documentaries, including Nick Broomfield's Fetishes, a study of bondage and domination and those who practice and crave it; Four Million Houseguests, IMAX's first foray into the microscopic universe of your home; Timothy Leary's Dead, which chronicles the last trippy, happening, die-in days of Harvard's most celebrated '60s icon; Waco: The Rules of Engagement, a look at the call-to-arms event for America's far-right militias; and Four Little Girls, Spike Lee's first theatri­cally-released documentary about the Civil Rights era church bombing that killed four African American girls in Birmingham, AL.

City College of New York Launches Masters Program in Media Arts Production

The City College of New York announced its new MFA program in Media Arts Production, which will debut in fall 1997. According to their press releases, CCNY is the only public institution in the Eastern United States to offer such a pro­gram—that is, hands-on camera work for the students. The program will emphasize production in narrative, documentary, and cross-genre film and video, with additional course work in digital interactive media. The MFA is a two-year program and will admit a maximum of 30 students per class. Half of each class will specialize in docu­mentary film. For more information about the program and how to apply for the fall 1998 class, contact Professor David Davidson at 212-650-6555.

Hot Shots Cool Cuts Signs Deal with Northeast Historic Film

Hot Shots Cool Cuts, the New York­ based archive whose holdings include the Killiam Library, the Pan Am Library and the Hearst Archives, has acquired the exclu­sive stock footage licensing right to Northeast Historic Film, the definitive col­lection of moving images of Northern New England. This is the first time the respected historical collection has been represented exclusively for stock footage licensing.

Discovery Communications Names International Head

Discovery Communications Inc. recently appointed Donald Wear Jr. to head Discovery Networks International. As president, Wear will focus on international distribution and sales and will run Animal Planet and a new global venture that will be similar in content to The Learning Channel. Wear comes to Discovery from lntelstat, an international satellite-telecom­munications service, where he served as vice president and general counsel.

Awards Roundup

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its Student Academy Awards ceremony in June. The following films were honored in the documentary category: Miriam is Not Amused, by Kim Roberts of Stanford University; The Mirror Lied, by Jennifer Haskin-O'Reggio of University of Southern California; and Walk This Way, by Chris Sheridan of Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College.

The British Academy of Film & Tele­vision Arts (BAFTA) presented its awards at a ceremony last April at the Royal Albert Hall. Art critic Robert Hughes won the Richard Dimbleby Award for "the year's most important personal contribution on the screen in Factual Television." The award for Best Factual Series went to The House (broadcast on PBS as The Royal Opera House), Michael Waldman and Andrew Bethell, producers, while Fermat's Last Theorem (John Lynch and Simon Singh, producers) took the Flaherty Documentary Award.

The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) announced its 1997 Artist Equip­ment Access Awards to the following filmmakers: Nicole Atkinson, for Lockin' Up; Nora Cadena, for Aqui No Hay Trabajo; Thomas Inoue, for The Deconstructed Woman; Arleigh Prelow, for Howard Thurman: In Search of Common Ground; and San Francisco School of the Arts, to develop a series of PSAs produced by students in the media department of the high school, facilitated by instructors Valerie Soe and Mary Liz Thompson. The Awards provide critical support to innovative media artists with inkind contributions of $1,500 worth of access to BAYC's video and multimedia post-production facility.