Festival winner to helm earthquake pic
Tyro helmer David Von Ancken, who won Hypnotic.com‘s Million-Dollar Film Festival, which included a production and distribution deal with Universal, has committed to direct “Cameron’s Line” for producers Propaganda and U/Hypnotic.Ancken also has signed with Los Angeles-based Propaganda Management for representation. Pic, skedded to shoot this fall in Toronto, focuses on a geological fault that causes an earthquake in Manhattan, altering the lives of a bike messenger, a drug dealer, a TV reporter and a cab driver. A native New Yorker, Von Ancken, 36, has worked on musicvids, public service announcements and films in posts ranging from production assistant to director. In 1998, he lensed his first short, “Box Suite,” and was a producer on indie film “A Day in Black and White,” which was picked up by HBO. His 16-minute short “Bullet in the Brain,” based on a short story by Tobias Wolff (“This Boy’s Life”), was selected from hundreds of entries in an online contest to discover film talent outside of Hollywood.