NEW YORK, May 3, 2004 – Independent Film Channel (IFC), the first and most widely distributed cable network devoted to independent film, announced today that it will produce a retrospective commemorating the tenth anniversary of Quentin Tarantino?s influential Pulp Fiction. The special will air June 12, starting with an 8PM/ET showing of the film followed by an examination of its major impact on independent filmmakers. The post-film special will include exclusive IFC interviews with Tarantino and actress Uma Thurman, one of the movie?s stars, as well as interviews with other cast members and critics.
Michael Ruggiero, IFC?s Director of Programming , stated: ?Pulp Fiction was one of the most influential films of the 1990?s. It firmly established Quentin Tarantino as one of the most important and innovative directors of his generation, and it single-handedly energized the independent film industry. It is fitting that its tenth anniversary will be marked by IFC, a network that celebrates its own 10th anniversary this year and has had, in its own right, a significant influence on the independent film world by giving filmmakers an opportunity to express their true voice.?
Pulp Fiction is a non-linear series of vignettes framed by a robbery staged at a coffee shop. In addition to its stylishly unique, Oscar-winning screenplay by Tarantino and Roger Avary, the film revitalized the career of John Travolta and provided a star turn for Thurman. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote of Pulp Fiction: ?It delights some audience members and disturbs others, I think, for the same reason: because it toys with their expectations. It does not seem willing to play by the rules. It imposes its own order on the material. Just at a time when American action films seemed bogged down in a morass of formulaic plots, here is one that throws out everything they teach in the Hollywood screening writing workshops and reinvents a genre from scratch.?
|WHO:||Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman and others discuss the impact of Pulp Fiction|
|WHAT:||10th Anniversary Retrospective|
|WHEN:||June 12, 8PM/ET|
|WHERE:||Independent Film Channel|
About Independent Film Channel
The Independent Film Channel (IFC) is the first and most widely distributed channel dedicated to independent film 24 hours a day, uncut and commercial free. IFC celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2004 with its most extensive original programming line-up ever. Original programming premiering in 2004 includes Nanette Burstein?s Film School, Ultimate Film Fanatic, Rocked With Gina Gershon, the third season of Dinner For Five and John Landis? Slasher. In 2003, IFC made its mark with originals including BaaadAsssss Cinema, The American Nightmare, Indie Sex: Taboos and A Decade Under the Influence. IFC Television is a part of IFC Companies, which has created a unique end-to-end business model and brand that focuses on developing and nurturing talent, and maximizing the value of independent film. With a television network, a film distribution and production unit, and a VOD service, IFC Companies represents the future of independent film. IFC Companies uses its unique position to broaden the independent film audience nationwide and to expand the opportunities for independent filmmakers. IFC Companies is a division of Rainbow Entertainment Services, which also includes the AMC and WE: Women’s Entertainment television networks.