Roth chairs IFP awards

NEW YORK — Walt Disney Studios chairman Joe Roth will chair the seventh annual Independent Feature Project Gotham Awards, which will be hosted by Jon Stewart.

The gala dinner and ceremony will be held on Sept. 16 at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom. It takes place on the second night of the IFP’s annual market.

“We are honored and delighted that Joe Roth and Jon Stewart will be leading the 1997 IFP Gotham event,” said IFP executive director Michelle Byrd. “Their presence will certainly make this a memorable evening.”

Roth chairs an event that will honor Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the co-chairmen of Disney’s arthouse unit Miramax Films, for lifetime achievement. Also slated to receive Gotham awards are Errol Morris for filmmaker, Faith Hubley for animation and first-time helmer Macky Alston, who will receive the Open Palm award for his feature documentary “Family Name.”

As chairnman of Walt Disney Studios, Roth is directly responsible for the worldwide production, marketing and distribution of all motion pictures released by Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures. He also oversees the studio’s film acquisitions and Miramax.

Roth joins a prestigious roster of IFP Gotham Awards chairs that includes Peter Chernin, Michael Lynne and Ted Turner.

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