Suh Young-joo, CEO of influential Korean sales banner Finecut, tells THR that she has heard of some buyers checking out Busan ahead of other, far more established industry events like MIPCOM in Cannes. “That seems to speak for Busan’s growing influence in Asia,” says Suh. “We are showcasing eight films at the Busan market this year, and all of them are making their market debuts. The Busan International Film Festival is important because it’s a chance for us to introduce new works and to provide a preview for buyers.” Busan executive programmer Kim Ji-Seok is proud of the event’s focus on emerging filmmakers, pointing to the effort it took to program 94 films in the lineup that are debut or follow-up features. STORY:Busan Film Fest’s Asian Project Market Announces Selections “There is also a strong representation of Central Asian cinema,” says Kim. “We held a showcase on New Central Asian cinema 12 years ago, and this year there will be works by a lot of lesser-known directors. For some of the obscure works, it was difficult to get a hold of prints and screening rights.” Busan’s refusal to cater to Hollywood also can be seen in the talent on hand this year. Aside from Irish director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot) and Japanese actor Ken Watanabe (Inception), few VIP guests are likely to be recognizable to Western audiences. Fest director Lee believes that Asia’s growing importance to the global film sector is real and sees Busan playing a key role in providing a platform for local talent. But will Hollywood notice? Lee is diplomatic, but he clearly is not going to hold his breath. Notes Lee: “BIFF has always had a strong exchange with the U.S. indie film industry, but there is also growing interest from Hollywood.
New tires, cool temperatures could shake up Chase race
New tires that sometimes twitch violently with an innocuous flick of the steering wheel. Cooler temperatures that could wreak havoc on engine reliability and setup efficiency. Practice crashes that featured bizarre circumstances and unlikely players. The green flag hasn’t fallen on the fourth race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but it already feels as if the autumnal chill that settled Saturday over Kansas Speedway could portend a shake-up in a title playoff that could use a jolt of compelling storylines. “I think it’ll be a lot like last fall,” Sprint Cup points leader Matt Kenseth said of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400. “You saw a lot of good cars just get in a bad spot and lose control. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was like that.” Last October’s Hollywood Casino 400 featured a track-record 14 caution flags that ensnared multiple championship contenders. Kenseth emerged victorious in the first leg of a two-race winning streak that he will carry into the 1.5-mile speedway Sunday. But the Joe Gibbs Racing driver isn’t a favorite, having struggled with the handling of his No. 20 Toyota since a Thursday test. Kenseth suffered a harmless spin on the apron Saturday while bringing his Camry up to speed on cold tires. BUSCH BROTHERS: Both crash, will start from back of field Sunday He hasn’t been alone in weekend misfortune, which also has affected the two drivers in closest pursuit for the title. Jimmie Johnson, who trails Kenseth by eight points, spun in practice Friday while pushing the envelope in his No. 48 Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch wrecked within the first minute of practice Saturday forcing him to a backup No.
Crews were focused on repairing the road late Friday. To get to the main, workers had to dig a hole that took out most of the intersection. Resident James Dempsy, whose house is next to the intersection, recalled learning about the main break during the middle of his shower, when the water pressure suddenly dropped dramatically. When he went outside, he saw a river filled with trash and debris rolling along 28th Avenue. “I saw all this water gushing down the street. I was like, ‘Wow, what’s going on?'” he said. Dempsy and many of his neighbors had no water until the early hours of Friday, causing them to use bottled water to brush their teeth. One house didn’t have any water until late Friday afternoon. Public school officials also were busy delivering water to area schools, while merchants raced to keep up with the bottled-water demand. In June, a much larger population was affected by a boil-water alert that lasted four days. In that case, traces of E. coli bacteria, or fecal matter, were discovered during a routine inspection of a county water well in Cooper City, prompting an alert. Officials said Hollywood residents who continue to have problems with their water service should call the Hollywood Department of Public Utilities at 954-921-3241.
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