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American Film Market Unspools For 29th Time in Santa Monica

The American Film Market, which each year represents the diamonds and the dregs of the film business worldwide, opened its doors for a week at the Santa Monica Loews Beach Hotel on Wednesday with dozens of scurrying international sales reps, low-brow producers and a few dozen media.walken.jpg

The studios usually steer clear of AFM week, leaving it to what some have termed the subcutaneous elements of the film business to ravage about for deals.

This year, market honchos were loving the outlook for the market.

“It should be a great market,” said one buyer, who didn’t want to be named. “There are dozens of great films here this week. How about that phenomenal Walken film?”

The unknown buyer was referring to “The Maiden Heist,” which premieres in Santa Monica starring (Christopher) Walken, Morgan Freeman and William H. Macy and produced by Bob Yari’s The Yari Film Group.

Other premieres expected this week include “The Killing Room” with Tim Hutton, Chloe Sevigny, Nick Cannon and Peter Stormare; and “Powder Blue,” starring Forest Whitaker, Jessica Biel, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Liotta and Patrick Swayze.

More than 500 other films, including 102 world premieres and 375 market premieres will be screened during the market, which stretches to Nov. 12.

AFI Teams With Target for Film Fete

george.jpegThe American Film Institute is taking its 40th anniversary public thanks to a Target sponsored bash on Oct. 3 at the Arclight Hollywood. The film fete has already snagged RSVPs from George Lucas, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas, Julie Andrews and Sylvester Stallone. AFI‘s big event will feature 11 classic films screening on the same night, each with a live intro by either the pic’s star or director. Tickets go on sale to the gen pub Sept. 19. Cost is $25 and more info can be found at www.AFI.com.

- CHRIS GARDNER

Harrison Ford Lends His Voice To the Dalai Lama

DLR_18x24_poster_v4_SOLD_OUT_4.jpgHarrison Ford may do for the Dalai Lama what Morgan Freeman did for penguins — at least that’s what the people who made The Dalai Lama Renaissance hope.

Ford narrated the docu, which chronicles a meeting the Dalai Lama held at the end of 1999 with philosophers and thinkers to “solve the world’s problems.” You know, kids’ stuff.

Khashyar Darvich, producer-director of Dalai Lama Renaissance, told FBLA that Ford topped the director’s list of dream narrators because “he is a grounded person who is liked by a wide variety of audiences, and who has a solid voice for narration.”

So far, the film has wound its way through the festival circuit, and Darvich is hoping for wider distribution later this year. In the meantime, he answered some of our questions about his film and His Holiness.

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