By rania | Week of Wonders April 30, 2009 at 9:40AM
Sunday evening, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary celebration for the IFP, I was standing at the edge of a balcony on a vertiginous penthouse suite on the Bowery. There at the Cooper Square Hotel, co-host and producer Anthony Bregman (Synecdoche- New York, Sleep Dealer) announced a new annual IFP initiative to address global issues through documentary film, in conjunction with the UN. This year the Envision program will take place May 14-15 at the DGA in New York, and it will focus on women's issues.
In attendance at the celebration were a number of local filmmakers, as well as co-host and producer Hunter Gray (Half Nelson, Momma's Man), and the evening's event chair-- whose indie credits (Pieces of April, Thank-You for Smoking) trump her Hollywood credits (a good thing)-- an elegant and taller-than-I-expected, Katie Holmes.