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2000 Honorees

 

Living Legend Honoree
Lauren Bacall
Loren Bacall Living Legend Honoree at The WIN Awards
  Career Achievement Honoree
Jane Campion
Jane Campion
Lauren Bacall Honored at The WIN Awards
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WinFemme fest to honor Campion
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Jane Campion

WIN Founder, Phyllis Stuart
Presenter, Sam Neill
Living Legend Honoree, Lauren Bacall

 

The WIN Awards 2000 WINNING FILMS

A. WINNING FEATURES

1. "CHANNELING BABY"

DIRECTOR/WRITER Christine Parker CAST: DANIELLE CORMACK, KEVIN SMITH, AMBER SAINSBURY, JOEL

In 1971, New Zealand is sending its young men off the fight in Viet Nam, but not before young couples meet and fall in love. When Geoff returns from the war, he and his wife (Bunnie) meet, and Bunnie gives birth to a baby girl who mysteriously disappears, leaving Bunnie devastated. This strain almost breaks the couple apart but they reunite via a weird psychic who is paid to "channel the spirit of the dead baby" to discover what happened to their child. What emerges is the truth, the lies, the fraud and the escalating, life-threatening consequences.

2. "GODASS"

Godass, every girl needs one. Godass is an off-beat comedy about how having a gay father can be the least of a girl's problems. Watching her punk idol give himself fellatio is hardly the most disturbing event Teri has encountered growing up. Godass follows Teri's flight from her unbalanced family in South Carolina to New York, where she is determined to bring her punkzine to a more sympathetic audience. But the Big Apple is also the home of her estranged father. In meeting him, Teri discovers that the secret to confronting her troubled young life is interlocked in understanding her gay father.

3. "FASHIONABLY L.A"

WRITER/DIRECTOR TAMARA OLSON
CAST: TAMARA OLSON, DARIENNE ARNOLD, HOLLY LANINGHAM, MIRANDA GIBSON, JENYA LANO, LAWRENCE ZARIAN, LEONARD SIMPSON

MODELS, will work for makeup... A comedy about the hysterical world of five L.A. runway models. It is a see-all, tell-all, bare-all that blows the plastic lid off the L.A. modeling scene. FASHIONABLY LA has it's tongue firmly in chic, holding up as absurd the efforts of L.A. models, who take their work so seriously and yet their fame and fortunes elude them.

4. "INCONCEIVABLE"

Writer: Diane Fredel-Weis Director: Bob Weis HUSBAND & WIFE TEAM CAST: MO GAFFNEY, CORINNE BOHRER, JONATHAN PENNER

Eve Jacob's (Corinne Bohrer) biological clock has just become a ticking time bomb. As she embarks on a mission to get pregnant before she turns the big "4-Oh!," she discovers the road to reproduction is full of potholes. First, she finds out she's going to need a little help from medical science to get pregnant, and then she realizes her husband, Adam, (Johnathan Penner) has been harboring some big doubts about becoming a father. Frustrated and frantic, Eve seeks guidance by attending a W.O.M.B. meeting, (Women On a Mission to have a Baby), where Rachel Marks (Mo Gaffney), the sardonic leader of the support group, preaches the pursuit of pregnancy at all costs. She takes Eve under her wing, and leads her on an outrageous journey filled with secrets and inconceivable situations in her desire to fulfill her dream of having a baby.

5. "Mixed Blessings"

Producer: Mary Hardcastle
Director: Nadine Bass
Writer: Shelley Morhaim and Mary Hardcastle
CAST: KELLY CURTIS (sister of Jamie Lee Curtis), TIMOTHY BOTTOMS, TAYLOR NICHOLS, ED MCMAHON, ROXANA ZAL

How to Succeed Despite the Love and Support of Your Family? "Mixed Blessings" is a roller coaster comedy about Annie, a wife and mom, who decides that the time is right to resume her career. But the trails of juggling husband, kids, work and her needy siblings are more than she bargained for. The result is a mountain of catastrophes forcing Annie to ever more creative heights. In the end, she learns that following your dream and being part of a family are always mixed blessings.

6. "NO NO NADINE

Directors: John Loughlin, Karen Dyer Writer/producer: KAREN DYER CAST: KAREN DYER, (URBAN MENANCE), TED MCDONALD (THAT THING YOU DO), MATT JERNIGAN (TRAVELER), JOHN LOUGHLIN (EMERALD CITY)

A not-so-desperate woman, determined to kill herself, invites her three closest male companions to her apartment, keeping them there until they can give her a good reason to live. An experimental dark comedy about suicide and the secrets inside all of us, shot in four days on location. She finds humor in leaving the earth·

7.WINDING ROADS

DIRECTOR: TED MELFI
WRITER: KIMBERLY QUINN, TED MELFI
CAST: KATRINA HOLDEN BRONSON (Daughter of Jill Ireland & Charles Bronson DEATH WISH), KIMBERLY QUINN, RACHEL HUNTER (JUST A LITTLE HARMLESS SEX), JAMES MARSTERS, (SPIKE on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYERS), ADAM SCOTT

SEE JANE RUN - THE JANE CAMPION OUT OF COMPETION SCREEINGS: WINFEMME 2000 is a KIWI -FRIENDLY WINFEMME YEAR, Women's Image Network will honor filmmaker, JANE CAMPION, in a SEE JANE RUN Sidebar. Ms. Campion is an excellent filmmaker hailing from New Zealand (a few of her 13 films include The Piano, Sweetie & An Angel At My Table and Holy Smoke). WinFemme will not only be screening two Jane Campion films (Sweetie, starring Genevi¸ve Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos, Jon Darling) & An Angel At My Table, starring, Kerry Fox)

Synopsis :
Detached and lonely, Sam Stafford, (KATRINA HOLDEN BRONSON), can't seem to heal her wounds from the last relationship gone South. So, she spends her days working as a receptionist at a marriage counselor's office and her nights laughing with her friends, until her boyfriend returns to town after studying abroad. Remembering the past and afraid of the future, has Sam closed off herself to true love?

B. WINNING DOCUMENTARIES: [ 9 ]

1. "A FRIEND COMES TO VISIT"

Director/Editor:Lorena David
Producer: Laura James
Terrific animation punctuates probing period interviews that's right, a funny film about the friend, the curse, the visitor, the red river·armed with honesty and humor, this funny doc confronts women and men to tackle the taboo of menstruation. It is VERY funny·.PERIOD!

2. "Amargosa"

Producer: Sidney Sherman, Director:

Synopsis:
Amargosa is the story of reclusive artist and dancer, Martha Becket. Living in the remote ghost town of Death Valley Junction, California and performing in her hand-painted opera house, Martha struggles to exorcise her demons while embracing the rapture of the creative moment by immersing herself in it.

3. "GHOST BIRD, THE LIFE AND ART OF JUDITH DEIM"

John Gavin/Irena Salina-Gavin

Synopsis
A woman painter, now age 89, living today in a small Indian village in the southwestern mountains of Mexico. How did she arrive here? Born in St. Louis, she studied art and music. Moved to California. Lived a bohemian life as a musician, artist and muse. John Steinbeck sent her to Patzcuaro as a young, aspiring artist in the 1930's. She married, had children. Later became a single mother and moved to Europe. There to discover her past, to discover her future, to discover herself. Spain, France, Morocco, Senegal · stops along the way. A child dies, grandchildren are born. The spirit of Garcia Lorca's "duende" ever present. For over sixty years as, Judith Deim has painted her life experience in a style described as "magical realism." But Judith, true to the duende, has always liked the edge of things. Returning to Patzcuaro, Mexico, the beginning and the end of "Ghost Bird", we follow the life of a remarkable, fiercely independent woman. In this documentary her children and grandchildren attest to the strength of her influence on their lives as artists, musicians, dancers, painters. It is the strength of this life that inspired this work.

4. "Kathryn and Her Daughters"

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR Sandra Pfeifer

Synopsis:
Kathryn and Her Daughters is a documentary film account of Kathryn, a 75 year old widow in Southern Illinois who was part of the last generation of women in this country to raise her family in a traditional rural lifestyle during the 1950's and 60's. Through interviews with Kathryn and her four daughters and archival photos, the film not only reflects on the women's role in the rural lifestyle, but also gives insight into the hard work and dedication of these women.
In addition the film identifies changes in America, especially for women, during that time that influenced the daughters to lead lives that led away from the farm.

5. "Loyalties"

DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER Lesley Ann Patten

Synopsis:
Beneath the dense foliage of southern plantations, in the sweltering heat of white patronage and black forbearance, two women, each in her own way, come to terms with the thunderous cruelty of the past, bringing together two halves of a whole story: slaveholder and slave.

6. "Miss Blindsight - The Wingwall Auditions"

Co:Directors: Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Alice Wingwall

Synopsis:
A photographer who photographs what she can't see. The film opens with Alice Wingwall, a newly-blind photographer trying on a bright red, mad-hatter-tea-party-type hat, but the scene abruptly shifts to a close up on her eyeball as she undergoes a brutal eye examination. While the film's structure reflects what it feels like to be blind; shifting its tone from staccato to legato, we witness Ms. Wingwall's remarkable talent to take gorgeous photographs. This film is a remarkable journey of a truly gifted and joyous woman who has spent her life in photography, but who loses her sight at the height of her artistic skill and yet retains her happiness, talent and joyful expression.

7. The Cream Will Rise (A DOC ABOUT SOPHIE B. HAWKINS)

Writer/Director Gigi Gaston

A riveting documentary about singer/songwriter, Sophie B. Hawkins who is a larger-than-life presence, a passionate, dedicated musician who began studying African percussion at age 14 and would sometimes practice as much as 20 hours a day. Her 50 song demo was the subject of a record company bidding war, and yielded the 1992 hit, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover", (though Hawkins had to fight to retain the pronoun "her" in the lyrics).
THE CREAM WILL RISE begins as a chronicle of Hawkins' 1996 Moxy tour and develops into an extraordinary intimate and frank investigation of the artist's murky childhood after a visit with her voluble mother unearths a family bombshell. Reviewing THE CREAM WILL RISE in Variety, Mark Woods raved, "This dark, surprisingly inspiring film shines as an example of the magic and force of cinema verit¸ in the right hands".

8. "The Voice Set Free"

DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER Lesley Ann Patten

Synopsis:
An hour long documentary about a human being, who is racing against time to tell the story of her life, while lost amidst some of the most neurotic scenery available in our century, that of Corrections Canada.

9. "Three Lives of Kate"

Writer/Director: Karen Hanson, Co-Director: Ian Thompson

Synopsis:
Three Lives of Kate focuses on the character Kate coming to terms with a psychiatric condition called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) during three periods of her life. Seven-year-old Kate begins to perform bizarre rituals that she believes will protect her family. She struggles to keep her "magic powers" hidden, goes into remission only to struggle with the disorder as both a teenager and adult.
Three Lives of Kate is based in part on co-director Karen Hanson's experience with OCD.

WINNING SHORT FILMS:

#1- "A Thousand Miles"

Director: Sharon Ferranti
Co-Writers, : Sharon Ferranti/Lauren Johnson
Cast: Katherine Donahue, Bettye Fitzpatrick, Liza D'Angostino, Michael Fitzgerald

Jesse is a lesbian who has recovered from her pious Texan rearing. Believing that her mother, who has cast Jesse out from the family is now ready to reconcile with her after eight years of silence, she returns to her home in Amarillo. Jesse's only remaining link to her family is her younger brother, Clay, who must deceive Jesse in order to get her to visit them. This film takes the protagonist where she most dreads to travel: back to her roots, where she must face and reconcile with her mother and her demons.

#2 "Anal"

Writer/Director: Diane Cheklich
Cast: Ramona Lucius, Kathy Androsian

"Anal" gives amusing insight into one extremely inhibited woman's public bathroom experience. She enters the women's room with bravado, and finally settling in, begins to enjoy a sense of security. But when another person comes in, at which point she is "stuck". The tension mounts as she tries to escape this delicate and universally understood situation.

#3"Click Three Times"

Writer/Director: Victoria Rose Sampson
Cast: Isabel Sanford, Kelly Boczek, Nancy Kandal, Charles Kahlenberg, Debra Orenstein, Steve Whelan, Bud Sabatino

A Magical story of what can happen when someone unbelievable believes in you. Isabel Sanford stars as a homeless woman in this magical tale of a mentally challenged young woman, Karen, (Kelly Boczek) who escapes her parents' incessant arguing by retreating to the garage where she draws rainbows and plays with her Wizard of Oz toys. One night Karen finds a bag lady hiding in the garage and assumes the bag lady is her own fairy godmother, a role the bag lady doesn't deny. After the bag lady mysteriously disappears, Karen's parents begin to see their daughter and her artwork in a new light. Could the bag lady have been Karen's fairy godmother after all?

#4 "Ethel's Sofa" Comedic

Writer/Director: Deborah Baxtrom
Cast: Beverly Miller, Brian Cunningham, Elaine Bartolo, Steven Reid, Debbie Koukoulis

Furniture shopping was never so ruthless. In Ethel's Sofa, an elderly woman decides to sell her sofa and an unscrupulous young man drops by to check it out. The question is - who's conning whom?

#5 "Friday"

WRITER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR Jodi Gibson
Cast: Jan Leslie Harding, Ray Yeats

A pivotal day in the day in the life of a young woman who escapes her harried New York City life, heads to Atlantic City and meets a man, who teaches her how to resurrect physical intimacy after her recent mastectomy.

#6 "God at Seven"

Director: Daniel Pollack
Writer: Kirston Mann
Cast: Zoe Warner, Wendy Garner, Blake Adams, Leslie Mann, Issac Monroe, Kirston Mann, Tony Adelman, Megan Taylor Harvey, Josh Titen, Julia Lowe Walker

There are defining moments in everybody's life, an incident in which your life will never be that same. During the summer of 1973, Kate, a sensitive, seven year old girl, Kate, (brilliantly portrayed by Zoe Warren), gets her first glimmer of God. When swimming in a forbidden lake she has an epiphany but consequently decides to distrust adults·.

#7 "In the Space of God"

Director, Anita Bloom
Writer: Al Ceraulo
Cast: Anne Marie Howard, Brian Lester, Judy Kerr

Chloe, feeling the smallness of her life, cannot escape a haunting sense of emptiness. Then one day she impulsively buys a sculpture that moves her in ways she will come to understand. The only way she'll understand herself when she gets her Îhands in the clay'.

#8 "Jack and Jill"

Director/Producer/: Sheri Hellard
Writer: Bryan Callen
Cast: Sheri Hellard, Bryan Callen

Two people face overwhelming situations that drive them to despair and life threatening circumstances. OR Two people face overwhelming situations that drive them to despair and life threatening circumstances. Jack and Jill meet on the grounds of a mental hospital and confront their demons together on the lawn. They discover that even in the darkest of times, there is always the light of hope.

#9 "Kismet"

Director: Billly Wirth
Writer/Producer: Sheri Sussman
CAST: Garry Marshall, Mariette Hartley, Stephanie Niznik, David Gail, Billy Wirth

Stephanie has everything most women want - beauty, intelligence and a handsome fiancˇ, who will soon be a rich lawyer. But· after a year-long engagement, Stephanie still won't set the wedding date. So, Stephanie's fiancˇ, Frank throws a surprise party for their family and friends to announce their wedding plans. But Stephanie's recurring dream/nightmare where she makes love to her Îsoul mate', Matthew, wreaks havoc on the couple's plans. Does Matthew exist only in Stephanie's imagination, or is the dream portend his arrival? She is torn between the logic of her parents, her best friend, and her therapist and the vision of love in her head. Finding the strength from her faith in true love, Stephanie makes the first really adult decision in her life.

#10 "Ladies Room L.A." Comedy

Director: Eric Simonson
Writer Jeannie Zusy
CAST: Victoria Stern, Judy Prescott, Scott Lowell, Peter Holden

A classic case study film for female neuroses, Ladies Room LA, examines the aftershock of a short exchange between two women in the Ladies Room of an elegant Los Angeles restaurant. A hilarious tragedy that exposes what really goes on in the Ladies Room and asks the profound: Would you wipe the seat?

#11 "Last Chance"

DIRECTOR- Bill Boatman
Writer: Michael Bolger
Cast: Emilie Tisdale, Tracey Walter, Tim Thomerson

Trouble erupts in a small town in an eerie desert landscape, when Agnes, a spirited yet pious young woman, encounters extreme violence and learns to rely upon no one but herself. \ OR Trouble erupts in a small town in an eerie desert landscape, when Agnes, a spirited yet pious young woman, encounters extreme violence and learns to rely upon no one but herself. On her first road trip, Agnes witnesses the world outside of her church, which ultimately tests her faith in God. A bizarre plot twist turns her journey into a David Lynch-Land like tale and although this film is beautifully shot, directed and performed, it may be unsuitable for sensitive viewers.

#12 "Let Me Tell You a Story"

WRITER/DIRECTOR Marlene Rheim

A tour-de-force film by writer/director Marlene Rhein, who plays Lois and several other women who all seem to be having the same date as they finish each other's thoughts.

#13 "Miss Supreme Queen"

Director: Emily Weissman
Written by Emily Weissman & Hugh Wright
Cast: Emily Ann Lloyd, Katie Lansdale, Lydia Cornell, Courtney Peldon, Becky Israel, Frankie Ingrassia, Brittany Paige Bouck, Nicolas Coster, Leilani Briones

Synopsis: Friendship loses over winning a teen beauty pageant,·a relationship triangle, gone horribly wrong between a girl, her best friend, and her best friends mother. Set against the backdrop of a teen beauty pageant, how far will they go to win the crown and is the crown what each one is really after? In this world, pretty is as pretty does.

#14 "Mom and Me"

Director: Gina Gambill
WRITER/PRODUCER : Danelle Hand
Cast: Danelle Hand, Marissa Teitelman, Ellen Geer, Justin Dunne, Brian Paul Stuart

Mom & Me explores a young widow's first date after her husband has died. This heartwarming story takes place between the woman and her five year old daughter.

#15 "My Divorce"
Director/Writer/Producer: Andrea Clark
Cast: Sam Freed, Louyse Leonard, John McDonough, Aimee Molinaro, Lynn Cohen, John Ford Noonan, Luke Sickle

My Divorce is a funny divorce story: shot in mock-documentary style and based on the real, often incredible comments heard by the filmmaker, while she was divorcing her own lawyer-husband. It is the winner of a 1997 Student Academy Award in the Alternative Short Film Category
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#16 "RESCULPTING VENUS"

Director/Writer/Actor: Julianne Buescher

This witty, poignant short film recounts the true story of Julianne Buescher as she lands in Los Angeles fresh from the boards of the Goodman School of Acting to land a role battling for her life. Recounting a journey based on the true story of Julianne Buescher, and retaining her ample sense of humor, Julianne takes us through the middle of a hurricane and back again. Her grandmother, mother and she, all cancer survivors share with us their life motto: live, love, laugh!

#17 "Road Block" -Edgy Dramatic short

Writer/Director: Rebecca Feig
Cast: Wendy Hoopes, James Villemaire, Jessica Lynn
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder once said he made films because it was the only way he knew how to make friends.

Road Block follows Erika, a lonely, young woman living in New York City who concocts a twisted scheme to make friends. Erika auditions a series of young, hopeful actors to star in her first film, but her intentions become more ambiguous as she seeks to fill the lead actor role. Is she looking for a boyfriend, or is she using her power to enact her own drama of intimacy? Music by Portishead & Yoko Ono.

#18 "Seralgio"

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Gail Lerner / Colin Campbell
CAST: Debra Chirstofferson, Gary Kelley, Anthony Burch, Joseph Grimm

After finding an anonymous love letter tucked inside a cabbage, an unhappy housewife becomes an unlikely seductress, turning her quiet neighborhood upside-down in this very funny tale of passion and adultery.

#19 "Table For One?"

Director/Writer : Susan Turley
Cast: Lane Herrick, Sallie Guy, Rebecca Davis, Gretchen Kingsley, Jana Lindsay

Six college girlfriends reunite after a 10 year absence to discuss life over drinks but time has a way of changing things and sometimes things are not what they may seem. The main character, Diedra, is a loner who has spent the last fifteen years drifting from one thing to the next. Her life is filled with disillusionment baggage she has never been able to let go of - until tonight.

#20 "The Georgia Peach Boy"

Writer/Director: Mamie McCall
PRODUCER: Michelle Eisenreich
CAST: Holly Thompson, Randy Weinstein, Charles Lemon, Melissa Soldani

In a small Georgian town, one very large woman wishes for only one thing, a baby. But when her wish is magically found in the pit of a giant peach, Tonya Little soon finds that she's not the only one wanting her baby. To keep him, she must prove her worth over cruel town gossip.

#21 "The Portrait"

Director: Paul A. Levin
Writer: Mark Rathaus
Cast: Tammy Grimes, Christopher Orr, James McDonnell, Meagan Fay, Russell Young, Giselle Loren

Dora Gold, a legend photographer, (executed with precise haughtiness by singer/actor, Tony winner, Tammy Grimes), makes a strong argument that one person can change the course of your life. When Dora meets Danny Case, (portrayed by the not-so-hard-on-the-eyes, actor Christopher Orr), who plays a cocky, young photographer poised at the brink of what promises to be a brilliant career, Dora makes his life hell when he attempts to shoot her portrait. When she insists he get to know Dora, he returns to what originally inspired him to become a photographer. And both Dora and Danny learn how to become better artists by becoming better people.

#22 "The Silence of Speed"

Writer/Director/ Producer ---Echo Gaffney
CAST: Melinda Allen, Jack Maxwell, Judith Montgomery, Nomi Lyons, Tatum Rene Garrett, Josh Van Millett Robinson, III, Darcy Adams

The Silence of Speed is a story of a woman overcoming her fears to drive for the first time. Ginger, a delicate, winsome flower, has throughout her lifetime decorated and flourished the lives of others. In the wake of her husband's death, Ginger awakens and finally recognizes a freedom of her own.

#23 "Waking Mele"

WRITER/DIRECTOR: Anne Misawa
CAST: Sara Rivas, Daniel Louis Rivas, William Clearihue

A terrific young cast tells an Hawaiian fairytale - inspired by the myths of the Hawaiian goddess Pele and her ailing, twin brother, Egg, we follow a twin sister and brother, Pele and Egg, and raverkid, half-Hawaiian, Pua, (who carries with him the ashes of his recently deceased father), to find their childhood home. Braiding dream life, memory and visions of "psychic journeying'" (what Hawaiian visionaries could do in their sleep), Mele an orphaned teen-aged girl, relates the last days with her ailing twin brother, Egg. On a road trip to find their childhood home, they are joined by a raverkid, a half-Hawaiian boy, Pua, (who carries with him the ashes of his recently deceased father). Pua leads them through a Los Angeles wonderland-from an earthquake-damaged shelter to a dance club on the Hollywood strip, ultimately leaving each other, to their separate ways "home".

 

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