‘Sideways’ team to sit on panel for Shortsfest
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, who earned an Academy Award last week for their screenplay for the film “Sideways,” will be among the jury members at next month’s Aspen Shortsfest. Payne and Taylor earned the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Sideways.” Payne also directed the story of two friends touring the wineries of California’s Santa Barbara County.The 14th annual Aspen Shortsfest is set for April 6-10 with programs in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Additionally, the Best of Aspen Shortsfest will be presented at Denver’s Starz FilmCenter the following weekend.Rounding out the jury for the Shortsfest International Competition are director/producer/cinematographer Jon Bloom; producer Jason Blumenthal, whose next film is “The Weather Man,” starring Nicolas Cage and Michael Caine and set for release this spring; and Megan O’Neil, vice-president of acquisitions and development for short-film company Atom Films.In addition to winning the best adapted screenplay Oscar, “Sideways” earned the Independent Spirit Awards for best film and best director. Payne and Taylor have also collaborated on the screenplays for “About Schmidt,” “Election” and “Citizen Ruth,” all directed by Payne.Nearly 2,000 entries from more than 60 countries were considered for Shortsfest 2005. Filmmakers will compete for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes, and top winners may qualify for Academy Award consideration.In addition to the competition, Shortsfest includes special screenings, panel discussions, social events and more.The full Shortsfest program will be announced later this month at http://www.aspenfilm.org. Tickets will go on sale March 30.Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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