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'Waitress' opens Comedy Arts fest film program

14 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival's Film Program will showcase 30 features and 20 shorts in Aspen this year, organizers said Tuesday.

Sponsored by HBO Films, the festival's movie lineup will get launched with opening night film Waitress, directed by the late Adrienne Shelly. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Fox Searchlight.

World premieres featured at USCAF include Guy Shalem's Cook Off!, Armen Kaprelian's Closing Escrow, Frank Oz's Death at a Funeral, Jim Pasternak's Certifiably Jonathan and Gary Toll's Judy Toll: The Funniest Woman You've Never Heard Of.

The festival's Fireside Chat Series will return this year with Fox Atomic's Debbie Liebling, Netflix's Ted Sarandos, JibJab's Gregg Spiridellis and others. Also back by popular demand is the Mile High Club, which brings together industry executives and filmmakers in 12-minute "speed dating"-type meetings.

Among other film highlights are special screenings of three works in progress. One is John Landis' The Rickles Project, a documentary about legendary comedian Don Rickles. Current footage from The Comebacks, directed by Tom Brady, will also be shown, with Jamie Kennedy's Heckler rounding out the still-in-the-works offers. »

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