Michael Madsen, David Carradine and Nick Cannon made the rounds at Miramax Intl.’s AFM bash Friday night at Union Restaurant & Bar in Santa Monica.
With this year’s AFM bumping up against the Oscars and IFP Spirit Awards due to their moves from March to February, Rick Sands, Miramax’s chief operating officer, expressed his support for the upcoming AFM date change to November.
“I think it’s causing confusion in the marketplace because people are focusing on the Oscars, the events around the Oscars and the AFM. It really, in my opinion, could not continue where the AFM and the Oscars occurred during the same period.”
Madsen, touting the upcoming release of Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” hopes to see the AFM benefit from a resurgence in indie films.
“Once upon a time I think independent films were an interesting place to be. I did a lot of them, but I think that the market got so flooded that it got ruined. I am hoping that it will start over again,” Madsen says.
His “Kill Bill Vol. 2” co-star Carradine called the market “the bread and butter for foreign distribution,” while Cannon (“Drumline”), who stars in Miramax’s upcoming “The Underclassman” and “Shall We Dance?” was capitalizing on the AFM to get his name known internationally.
“I definitely came out to mingle with a lot of the foreign distributors because you know me being a young actor, kind of fairly new to the movie game, it’s important that I get out here, show my face and meet everybody.”