announced an expanded program and new dates for the 2005 Festival, moving the annual event up in the calendar.
This year’s Festival will run April 19 – May 1 in locations throughout lower Manhattan. Of the more than 250 features, documentaries and shorts featured in this year’s Festival, there will be 60 world premieres, eight international premieres and 34 North American premieres. While nearly half of the program is comprised of the best new independent films from United States-based filmmakers, under Scarlet’s leadership filmmakers from 44 countries on six continents will be represented. In addition, the Festival will host gala premieres, independent films, panels, free community events and a reprise of the Family Festival.
Highlights of the 2005 Festival presented by American Express will include:
· The Interpreter, a world premiere of Academy Award winner Sydney Pollack’s new film from Universal Pictures starring Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman and written by Charles Randolph, Scott Frank and Steven Zaillian.
· Fierce People, a world premiere of Griffin Dunne’s new drama, a Lions Gate Films Release, starring Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland and written by Dirk Wittenborn.
· The Great New Wonderful, a world premiere of the new film directed by Danny Leiner (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), written by Sam Catlin, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Edie Falco, Tony Shalhoub and Olympia Dukakis that interweaves five stories in post-9/11 New York City.
· House of Wax, directed by Jaume Collet-Sera, and starring Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams and Robert Ri’chard star, is a remake of the 1953 horror classic House of Wax 3-D, starring Vincent Price and tells the story of a group of friends who fall prey to a sinister plot while passing through a small town on their way to a college football game. It will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures.
· Through the Fire, a world premiere documentary directed by John Hock that follows star basketball player Sebastian Telfair through his senior year in high school, his decision to attend the University of Louisville and ultimately his decision to go pro.
· SHOW Business, world premiere directed by Dori Berinstein and written by Berinstein and Richard Hankin, which tracks four Broadway musicals – Avenue Q, Taboo, Caroline, or Change, and Wicked from inception through the Tony Awards;
Also announced was the initial roster of jurors for the 2005 Festival. They include Jeff Bezos, Damon Dash, Griffin Dunne, Teri Hatcher, Michael Imperioli, Alfred Molina, Ingrid Sischy, Diane Von Furstenburg, Mort Zuckerman, Peter Travers, Alan Cummings, Tom Brokaw and Mitch Glazer.