March 1, 1995

Short Takes, March 1995

Oscar Nominees to Screen

On March 25, the IDA and the American Cinematheque present our annual Docu-Day, a unique opportunity to view all the short and feature-length documentaries nominated for this year's Os­cars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The day's eclectic lineup begins at 11:00 a.m. with Blues Highway (30 min.) by Vince DiPersio and Bill Guttentag; Straight from the Heart (24 min.) by Dee Mosbacher and Frances Reid; and Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter (44min.) by IDA member Deborah Hoffmann. At 1:30 p.m. is IDA member Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford's Freedom On My Mind (110 min.), and at 4:00 p.m. is Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (104 min.) by mem­bers Freida Lee Mock and Terry Sanders. Take a dinner break at 6:15 p.m. and return in time for the 7:15 p.m. showing of A Time For Justice (38 min.) by IDA mem­ber Charles Guggenheim and A Great Day in Harlem (59 min.) by Jean Bach. Docu­ Day wraps up 9:30 p.m. with 89 MM from Europe (12 min.) by Marcel Lozinski; School of the Assassins (18 min.) by IDA regional board member Robert Richter; and Charles Guggenheim's D­-Day Remembered (52 min.).

Screenings will be held at the Paramount Pictures Studio Theater, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA. Tickets are $4 per screening for members, $7 for non­-members, $20 for an all-day pass. (We advise buying tickets early, as last year's event sold out.) For information, call (213) 466-FILM.

Cinemax Offers Funding

HBO-Cinemax, owned by Time Warner, has launched a program to bring new talent to Cinemax, present unique programming to viewers, and create more relationships with documentary filmmakers. Cinemax, whose "Vanguard" series already purchases existing documentaries, now has a small fund to provide some completion monies for programs that agree to debut on the cable service. "We are looking for something that needs music and titles, just finished an online, or is completed but needs visibility and could find a home on Cinemax," explains IDA trustee Sheila Nevins , HBO vice president of documentary and family programming.

According to Nevins, the types of programs sought can have themes running the gamut "from A to Z." The channel is open to working with up-and-coming filmmakers whose programs fit Cinemax's agenda. "We don't base our decision on what a producer has done in the past, but rather on what's on the table in front of us," Nevins added. Cinemax already has deals to provide completion funding for Nick Broomfield's docu­mentary on Heidi Fleiss and for Michel Negroponte's Jupiter's Wife. "We have to prove ourselves and show that five or six programs in this first year will make noise and increase visibility for HBO-Cinemax. I'm on trial for this new experiment," confesses Nevins. "If it works, if we get enough attention, then we'd like to do more [than five or six] next year ." For information about submitting pro­grams, contact Jackie Glover at HBO, (212) 512-1341.