USA's 'One Night' premiere to headline event
The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival announced its roster of films for competition in its third annual film program. The lineup will include 20 features and 25 shorts, with an accent on indie and foreign laffers.Headlining the fest will be the world premiere of USA’s “One Night at McCool’s,” with Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, Paul Reiser and Michael Douglas. Pic will be released in early April and will screen out of competition after the Film Jury Awards, to be presented by Billy Crystal on March 2. The opening-night film, also out of competition, will be “Super Troopers,” which Fox Searchlight picked up at Sundance. Mockumentaries are a staple of the laff fest, and this year there are four: Karl Slovin’s “On Edge,” a take-off about ice-skaters with Jason Alexander; Jerry Heiss’ “Big Time,” a snapshot of the Las Vegas porn trade show; Bob Morrow’s “Barstow 2008,” a chronicle of a town’s bid for the Olympics; and Harry Shearer’s directorial debut, “Teddy Bear’s Picnic,” a satirical look at a Northern California vacation resort for world leaders. Binder’s back Standup comedian Mike Binder will bow his pic “Londinium,” whose international cast includes Irene Jacob and Colin Firth. Binder won the feature award two years ago for “Sex Monster.” Two foreign films will get their American bow, Germany’s $13 million grosser “Sonnenallee” (Sun Alley) and Italian fave “Pane e tulipini” (Bread and Tulips). Other foreign-lingo pics include Argentina’s “The Amateur” and Sweden’s “Together.” Among Blighty offerings are Joel Hershman’s “Greenfingers,” Dudi Appleton’s “The Most Fertile Man in Ireland” and Miramax’s “About Adam.” Shorts include “Snooze,” the directorial debut of Crystal’s daughter Lindsay. Pic centers on the trials of a narcoleptic standup. Jason Reitman, son of Ivan, returns to the fest with “Gulp,” about a guy who is desperately trying to save his fish. Quality Entertainment, producer of ‘Net short “George Lucas in Love,” will return with two clips, “Billy Jones” and “Shark Tank Redemption,” the latter being a cross-parody of “Swimming With the Sharks” and “Shawshank Redemption.” Sponsored by Variety, jury awards will be given out for feature, director, screenplay, actor and actress. The winner of the feature award will be included in the Maui Film Festival in June. Cinemax will sponsor an audience award for feature and Universal’s Hypnotic will sponsor an award for short.