By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz September 19, 2011 at 7:00AM
“Sneak Preview” Public Screening Series at Central Park & The Highline
And Filmmaker Conference 2012 Speakers Announced
For IFP’s Independent Film Week
New York, NY – IFP announced its public programming for Independent Film Week today, including screenings of new independent films at iconic locations throughout the city in a partnership with Rooftop Films, as well as speakers for the Filmmaker Conference. Screenings are open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis and passes for the Filmmaker Conference can be purchased at www.ifp.org until Friday, September 9th.
IFP’s 2011 Opening Night film, Alrick Brown’s Kinyarwanda, will take place in Central Park on Monday, September 19th. An alumni of the IFP’s 2010 Independent Filmmaker Labs, the film went on to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where it won the International Audience Award. This uplifting and moving story interweaves six stories based on true accounts of everyday citizens and their struggles to love, forgive, and live life to the fullest during the Rwandan genocide. The film opens in theatres in November 2012, distributed by AFFRM. (http://www.kinyarwandamovie.com)
IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Lab “Sneak Preview” Showcase at The Highline will introduce tomorrow’s great filmmakers today. Taking place Tuesday, September 20th, this screening features excerpts from the 21 works-in-progress – both documentaries and narratives – which participated in the 2011IFP’s Labs. Previous IFP Lab films already garnering awards on the film festival circuit include: Venice Film Festival’s Habbi, Toronto Film Festival’s The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best and Patron Saints, 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s Pariah (Focus Features), Kinyarwanda (AFFRM) and Restless City, Berlin Film Festival’s Yelling to the Sky, SXSW’s Fambul Tok, and Tribeca’s Stuck Between Stations and Give Up Tomorrow.
“IFP is excited to host screenings at Central Park and The Highline this year, ensuring that New York City audiences are the first to discover these new voices on the independent scene,” says Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP. “We are particularly pleased to showcase Alrick Brown’s Kinyarwanda as our opening night film. On the eve of the distribution of his first feature film, we are honored to shine a light on his efforts and on his extraordinary movie.”
In addition to screenings, filmmakers and film lovers have the opportunity to take part in this year’s Filmmaker Conference, adding their voice to the future of film. The Conference will be held for the first time at Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Film Center, offering an intimate environment to debate where filmmaking and visual storytelling is going next.
Co-Heads of Creative Artists Agency’s Film Finance Group, Micah Green and Roeg Sutherland, will kick-off the Conference’s daily “Conversations With” series on September 18th with a discussion on the state of independent film finance and production. As leaders of an agency department responsible for arranging an estimated $1billion in independent film financing over the course of the past two years, the agents will explore opportunities for indies in an evolving marketplace.
Documentary focused programming will kick off with a discussion with top sales agent Josh Braun, co-president of Submarine Entertainment. In the past year, Submarine has been responsible for the sale of some of the most successful non-fiction films, including Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Buck, and Page One: Inside the New York Times.
Zeroing in on specific films as instructive models for filmmaking success, the Conference will also feature daily Case Studies on the hit indie films of the year, featuring documentary sensations Buck and Bill Cunnigham New York along with Kevin Smith’s self-released Red State and Azazel Jacobs’ critically acclaimed Terri . Also, new this year, each day will feature in-depth Master Classes on topics ranging from packaging and financing for narrative features to hybrid and self distribution to outreach for documentaries.
In addition to these headliners, new media pioneers Lance Weiler (Pandemic), Braden King (Here), Tomorrow Partners' Wendy Levy, and Behnam Karbassi of No Mimes Media; crowdfunding experts Jennifer Fox (My Reincarnation) and Kat Popiel (indiegogo); and distribution strategists Ava Duvernay, Shari Candler, and Jon Reiss will also be on hand to offer advice to aspiring and working filmmaker on how to stand out in a crowded marketplace.
The conference showcases a range of panels on the art and business of independent film. Passes for IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Conference range from $60 per day to full week passes at $250; this includes all panels, workshops and case studies, as well as access to select networking events and screenings. Tickets can be purchased and the full schedule of panels is available at www.ifp.org.
Formerly known as the IFP Market, Independent Film Week is the leading forum in the U.S. dedicated to discovering and showcasing new independent film projects and talent. It is the place where filmmakers, film lovers and film professionals can come together to support new projects in development and new voices on the independent film scene. Film Week marks the culmination of all initiatives IFP produces year-round, incorporating elements and individuals from its signature programs including Independent Filmmaker Labs, Envision, and FILMMAKER Magazine.
Independent Film Week’s Premier sponsors are Royal Bank of Canada, HBO and Eastman Kodak Company. Gold sponsors are A&E IndieFilms, SAGIndie/Screen Actors Guild and Stella Artois. Silver sponsors are Deluxe, National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa, Screen Australia and Telefilm Canada. Official Independent Film Week Partner is Film Society of Lincoln Center. Independent Film Week is supported, in part, by funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts.
Founded as a satellite program of the 1979 New York Film Festival, the nonprofit IFP has evolved into the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, and also the premier advocate for them. Since its start, IFP has supported the production of 7,000 films and provided resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers--voices that otherwise might not have been heard. IFP believes that independent films enrich the universal language of cinema, seeding the global culture with new ideas, kindling awareness, and fostering activism. The organization has fostered early work by leading filmmakers including Charles Burnett, Edward Burns, Jim Jarmusch, Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, Mira Nair and Kevin Smith.