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Lee wins a Moxie Award at the Santa Monica Film Festival

Tuesday February 20, 8:00 pm Eastern Time
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SOURCE: MOXIE!/Santa Monica International Film Festival
MOXIE!/Santa Monica International Film Festival Announces Its 2001 MOXIE! Award Winners
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- MOXIE!/Santa Monica International Film Festival (, is proud to announce the MOXIE! award winners celebrating the spirit of the independent filmmaker and talent behind the independent film movement.

-- Experimental Film, "One Step Beyond": AMAMI, directed by Guglielmo Zanette
-- Contemporary Short Drama: GRANDFATHER'S BIRTHDAY, directed by Gayle Knutson
-- Contemporary Short Comedy: IN GOD WE TRUST, directed by Jason Reitman
-- Best Animation: DOWNPOUR, directed by Aaron Woodley
-- Best Documentary: A FORCE MORE POWERFUL, directed by Steve York/Jack Duvall
-- Best Dramatic Feature: THE BREAD MY SWEET, directed by Melissa Martin
-- Best Comedy Feature: THE WOMAN EVERY MAN WANTS, directed by Gabriela Tagliavini
-- The X-Series Audience Award: THE BASEMENT AND THE KITCHEN, directed by Dave Fickas
-- Best Director of Photography: THE TESTIMONY OF TALLESIN JONES, directed by Martin Duffy
-- Best Screenwriting: THE TESTIMONY OF TALLESIN JONES, directed by Martin Duffy
-- Best Composer: Conrad Pope for THE RISING PLACE, directed by Tom Rice
-- Best Producer: Tom Rice for THE RISING PLACE, directed by Tom Rice

-- Best Actor: Lee Majors for his performance in HERE, directed by Brendan Donovan

-- Best Actress: Nandita Das for her performance in SANDSTORM, directed by Jag Moha -- Best Screenplay: THE RUN, directed Rick Mace and Tim White
-- Special Jury Award: BOROUGH OF KINGS, directed by Elyse Lewin

About MOXIE!/Santa Monica International Film Festival

MOXIE! Is the spirit of the Santa Monica International Film Festival -- an homage to the sheer guts and perseverance that independent filmmakers have in order to succeed in an extremely competitive and challenging industry. The Santa Monica International Film Festival is a year-round film festival that culminates into a weeklong film and music festival, taking place on February 14-19, 2001. The event is a launch pad for all undistributed films, with a monthly series showcasing projects that are entered into competition. For more information, please go to:

Lee speaking at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah and with Director Brendan Donovan

Lee appears at the Newport International Film Festival in Rhode Island during the week of June 5-10th, 2001

Photos taken by and used with permission by Susan Sarantos

Filmmakers Make Movie From Scratch
By BRIAN CAROVILLANO, Associated Press Writer

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - The challenge: Start from scratch. Come up with a story line and a plot. Add professional actors, crew and director and make a movie.

The catch: Do it all in five days and be prepared to show it to filmmakers and critics from around the world.

Oh, and by the way, there's no budget.

That was how ``Five Days to Sunday'' was made by the Newport Film Project, part of the fourth annual Newport International Film Festival. After a marathon weekend editing session at a rented cottage in Middletown, the 7-minute improvisational comedy debuted Sunday at the city's Opera House Cinema.

``Not only are we doing it in five days, we're doing it on five dollars,'' said the producer, Steph Accetta, a production supervisor on the NBC show ``Providence.''

It was the second year the project ran concurrently with the festival. This time, the production team was comprised entirely of Rhode Islanders.

Work began Tuesday with a public brainstorming session where festival-goers got to pitch ideas for the film.

``By the end of the night we had a two-page outline,'' said Accetta, who lives in Cranston.

A casting company lined up the talent, including members of a Boston comedy troupe, Improv Asylum. The lead actress was Libby Langdon, producer of ``Say You'll Be Mine,'' which premiered at the festival Sunday.

``Five Days to Sunday'' was shot Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at spots around Newport by Narragansett director Leif Husted-Jensen.

Actors and filmmakers who were in town for the festival found their way into the film. Former ``Six Million Dollar Man'' Lee Majors made a cameo, as did Pawtucket native Michael Corrente, Langdon's husband and director of ``Shot at Glory,'' a film starring Robert Duvall that premiered this year at Newport.

Everything was donated, including the time of the actors and crew. Sony loaned a high-definition video camera.

On Friday, Husted-Jensen shot a scene inside the opera house with three dozen extras packed into the first four rows. ``You're seeing a horrible movie,'' he instructed them. ``Act disgusted, or just sit there stony-faced.''

As he rolled by slowly on a wheeled dolly, face pressed to the camera's eyepiece, the characters ad-libbed their lines. The audience members adopted dour expressions, and after eight takes, Husted-Jensen was satisfied with the outcome.

``I've never done any improv, but it's a lot of fun,'' said Langdon. ``With each take I'm saying something different, so it'll be fascinating what ends up in the film.''

Langdon and Improv Asylum co-founder Norm Laviolette played sleazy New York producers who bring a trashy film to the Newport festival. Chet Harding, another Improv Asylum co-founder, played an impostor director whose mysterious film becomes the talk of the festival.

The actors themselves weren't sure where the plot would take them.

``We just keep making things up as we go along,'' said actress Monique Bourgery. ``Nobody really knows how it's going to turn out. Every time I feel like I have a grasp I lose it.''

For more information on the Film Festival go to Newport Film Festival

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