By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz September 16, 2010 at 7:30AM
Under new leadership, Joana Vicente has revitalized the Independent Film Market and we are so excited to track the films which show in No Borders (at last we have an event comparable to Rotterdam Cinemart, Pusan PPP and Hong Kong HAF) again. In fact, she has pulled out all stops and this is the culminating event of all the IFP does throughout the year.
The event runs September 19-23, 2010 in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Amy Dotson, Deputy Director of IFP has done a great job reevaluating IFP programs for their relevance and the public interest and has come up with exciting and important changes. Registration is up from last year. No Borders has new partners and has expanded from U.S. projects originating not only in Sundance (6) but 10 others chosen independently as well. On Docu Day the United Nations is partnering in discussions of social issue docs, building audiences, finding partners. Festival Genius will have a private think tank event with some 50 festival programmers to discuss new developments in the changing festival world. On that day, Geoff Gilmore, Caroline Libresco and Janet Pierson will speak. The Lab brings 10 docs and 10 narratives to the attention of agents, festival programmers, buyers and sellers. Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces is hosting and bringing some of those new faces to the event.
You owe it to yourself not to miss this event!
IFP FILMMAKER CONFERENCE
The 32nd annual Independent Film Week, IFP’s five-day Filmmaker Conference: The Future of Film, welcomes the independent film community to take an active role in debating where filmmaking is going next.
Panel Attendees can also attend the following workshops and screenings for Free!
• Future of Film Workshops at the Katie Murphy Auditorium – Wednesday September 22
• IFP Labs Showcase Screening at Solar One (FDR & 23rd Street) – Tuesday September 21 @ 8:30PM
• Twelve Ways to Sunday: IFP Lab Alumni World Premiere Screening on the Highline) – Wednesday September 22 @7:00PM
The Conference will also include advice insights from industry leaders from 42West, Arts Engine, BBC, BMI, CAA, Chicken & Egg, Cinereach, College Humor, Cinetic, ICM, IFC Entertainment, Magnolia, Paramount Pictures, Rooftop Films, SAGIndie, Sony Picture Classics, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, This is that, Tribeca Enterprises and many more!
For more information and to purchase passes, visit www.filmmakerconference.com
After debuting with a program in 1979 New York Film Festival, the nonprofit IFP has evolved into the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, and also the premiere 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 might not otherwise have been heard. IFP fosters the development of 350 new feature and documentary films each year through its Project Forum of Independent Film Week, Independent Filmmaker Labs and projects in its fiscal sponsorship program.
INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK
Independent Film Week (formerly known as the IFP Market) has evolved into a must-attend gathering that brings over 2,000 members of the international film and media community to New York City. Hosted by IFP – the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit for independent film – the Week will consist of a number of initiatives aimed at building industry interest for new work, as well as general audience support for independent film projects.
“IFP’s Independent Film Week is the oldest and most successful forum in the U.S. where filmmakers, film lovers and film professionals can come together to support independent artists. It is a culmination of all we do at IFP, incorporating elements and individuals from our year-long programs including Independent Filmmaker Labs, Envision, Festival Genius and Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” says Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP. “We are proud to provide this one-of-a kind Week that consistently encourages the cultivation of visionary talents.”
THE PROJECT FORUM AT INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK
Project Forum is the centerpiece of Independent Film Week where emerging and established filmmakers will present 150 new features in development to key producers, financiers, and distributors who can help them realize the full potential of their projects.
The Forum runs September 19-23, 2010, 9a-6p daily, in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Narrative program highlights from the 2010 Project Forum includes new work represented by established independent producers Howard Gertler & John Cameron Mitchell (Shortbus), Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Jack Goes Boating), Lynette Howell (Half Nelson), Mark Heyman (The Wrestler), Michael Roiff (Waitress), Christine Walker (Howl), Jay Van Hoy & Lars Kundsen (Old Joy) and executive producers Ross Katz (Lost in Translation), Andrew Niccol (Gattaca), Mira Nair (The Namesake), and Ron Simons (Night Catches Us).
Projects from acclaimed directors Maggie Greenwald (Songcatcher), Tony Kaye (American History X) and Dover Kosashvili (Late Marriage), as well as follow up features by Craig Zobel (Great World of Sound), Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind) and Ry Russo Young (You Won’t Miss Me) are also in the mix.
Noted documentary directors with new projects include Andrea Nix Fine & Sean Fine (War Dance), Paul Rachman (American Hardcore), Judith Helfand (Blue Vinyl), Robinson Devor (Zoo), Sarah and Emily Kunstler (William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe) and veteran William Greaves (Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One).
HISTORY OF THE PROJECT FORUM
Formerly known as IFFM and IFP Market, The Project Forum has had a prolific history in the independent community supporting both emerging and established independent filmmakers at critical stages in their development processes. The organization championed the early work of pioneering independent filmmakers Charles Burnett, Todd Haynes, Mira Nair, Michael Moore, Joel and Ethan Cohen, Kevin Smith, Todd Solondz, and Wayne Wang. Recently, it has also played a vital role in launching the first films of many of today’s rising stars on the independent scene including Debra Granik, (Down to the Bone) Miranda July (Me, You and Everyone We Know), and Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden (Half Nelson).
Currently, there are many recent films that were discovered at and/or received direct support as a result of participation in IFP’s Project Forum screening to audiences on the festival circuit, in theatres or alternative platforms. These include: Jessica Oreck’s Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine, Sophie Barthes’ Cold Souls, Paola Mendoza’s Entre Nos, Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl, Zeina Durra’s The Imperialists Are Still Alive!, Doug Block’s The Kids Grow Up, Rick Goldsmith & Judith Ehrlich’s The Most Dangerous Man in America, Tanya Hamilton’s Night Catches Us, Michael C. Martin’s Brooklyn’s Finest, Laura Poitras’ The Oath, Kimberly Reed’s Prodigal Sons, Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill, Jennifer Arnold’s A Small Act, Scott Teems’ That Evening Sun, and Aron Gaudet’s The Way We Get By.
PLEASE NOTE: Projects taking part in the Project Forum, Telefilm Canada reception and Microcinemas are not for press review, as they are all works-in-progress and incomplete. Not all Microcinema screenings are open to press.
With the launch of Festival Genius this spring, IFP takes a larger role in the festival community to bring together leading international and domestic programmers to discuss the future of festivals.
The Festival Forum’s primary goal is to provide relaxed, productive environment where festival programmers from around the globe can meet formally and informally to discuss issues that impact both their organizations, as well as the collective goals of audience building and talent cultivation in the independent film community.
Additionally, participants will take part in a comprehensive immersion program which includes industry meetings, private roundtable discussions, “sneak preview” screenings, and Meet the Programmers sessions aimed at providing networking opportunities as well as early access to filmmakers and their latest “works-in-progress.” A special “live” debate will also take place during the Independent Filmmaker Conference where leaders can publicly discuss how festivals can best play the vital role of helping filmmakers build audiences, monetize and market their films.
Featured speakers include Geoff Gilmore (Tribeca Enterprises), Janet Pierson (SXSW), and Caroline Libresco (Sundance Film Festival).
The live debate takes place September 22, 2010 from 4:30-5:30p in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Gotham Independent Film Awards™ - Final Submission Deadline: Friday, September 17
The first award show of the season, IFP’s Gotham Independent Film Awards™ honor independently distributed American feature films. The deadline for submissions for the 2010 awards is 5pm EST on September 17, 2010. Eligible submission categories include. Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Ensemble Performance, Breakthrough Actor, and Breakthrough Director. Nominees will be announced on October 18, 2010, and winners will be honored at a star-studded 20th Anniversary ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on November 29th. Applications, along with full criteria for all awards, are available at the link above.
Tibet in Song
Directed and Produced by Ngawang Choephel
Starts Friday, September 24th at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street
Tibet in Song is both a celebration of traditional Tibetan folk music and a harrowing journey into the past fifty years of cultural repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet. Director and former Tibetan political prisoner, Ngawang Choephel, weaves a story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience, introducing Tibet to the world in a way never before seen on film. The beauty of traditional Tibetan folk music is showcased through a variety of working songs, songs about family and the beauty of the land. These rarely seen performances are deftly juxtaposed against startling footage of the early days of the Chinese invasion and a concise explanation of the factors leading to the Dalai Lama's flight into exile in 1959. Ngawang Choephel sets the stage for a unique exploration of the Chinese impact on Tibetans inside Tibet. Tibet in Song is an alumnus of the 2008 Independent Filmmaker Labs.
Free Preview Screening: Nowhere Boy
Sunday, September 19th, 7:30 PM, DGA Theater, 110 W 57th Street (Between Sixth and Seventh Ave)
Followed By a Q&A With: Kristin Scott Thomas, Aaron Johnson and Director Sam Taylor-Wood
Imagine. John Lennon's childhood. Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John (Aaron Johnson): Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), the buttoned-up Aunt who raised him, and Julia (Ann-Marie Duff), the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock n' roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney. Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice - and an icon explodes into the world.
Free for IFP Members. RSVP with your member number by email to: nowhereboy AT weinsteinco.com
Kodak presents “Stop By. Shoot Film.” during Independent Film Week
September 21 at 10am & 2pm; September 22 at 10am & 2pm
362 Ninth Ave., 2nd Floor (at 31st St.)
Discover how easy and fun it is to use Kodak motion picture film – and get the best images you’ve ever created. You’ll talk with a cinematographer, learn how to use a S16 camera and film, and then shoot your own scene – all in just two hours. After the event, we’ll send you a DVD of your footage, so you can see for yourself what film quality means. There’s no fee, but space is limited, so sign up now! To sign up go to: www.kodak.com/go/sbsf
One Hundred Mornings
Opens Tonight, Downtown Independent Theatre, Los Angeles
The winner of the WorkBook Project Discovery and Distribution Award opens tonight at the Downtown Independent Theater in LA followed by a roof top after party. The Discovery and Distribution Award gives a filmmaker a week long with full PR, street team and social media support. Filmmakers keep 100% of the box office. “Set in a world upended by a complete breakdown of society, One Hundred Mornings tells the story of two couples who hide out in a lakeside cabin hoping to survive the crisis. As resources run low and external threats increase, each of them faces a critical decision they never thought they'd have to make...”
DCTV Presents The Minutemen
Wed 9/29, 7:30pm, DCTV
The Minutemen follows nine eccentric, self-appointed watchdogs as they fight to regain their sovereignty as well as their own sanity in an isolated and dangerous landscape along the U.S./Mexico border. Winner at this year’s Brooklyn International Film Festival and an Official Selection at the upcoming Chicago International Film Festival, this intense cinema verite doc will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, Corey Wascinski and Nicholas Weissman.
$8 / DCTV Members, $10 / Shooting People, IFP, DocuClub, NYWIFT, WMM Members, $12 / General
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The Director Interviews: D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Kings of Pastry
by Melissa Silvestri
D.A. Pennebaker is a legend in the world of documentary filmmaking. A pioneer in the art of cinema verite, he first made his mark with the 1967 classic Don’t Look Back, chronicling Bob Dylan’s final acoustic tour in the U.K. He met his partner (in directing and matrimony) Chris Hegedus in the 1970s, and they have co-directed nearly 30 films together since 1977, including the Oscar-nominated The War Room and the Sundance entry Startup.com. Their latest collaboration is Kings of Pastry, a whirlwind peek into the M.O.F. competition, a French pastry chef contest in which 16 of the world’s best pastry chefs compete by making nearly 40 different kinds of pastries, including elaborate and often fragile sugar sculptures, all to be named the Meilleur Ouvrier de France, or the Best Craftsman of France.
Reel Engagement: Managing Social Issue Film Campaigns
Application Deadline: October 22, 2010
Working Films and The Fledgling Fund are proud to launch Reel Engagement: Managing Social Issue Film Campaigns, an innovative 4 day hands-on workshop designed for individuals who are interested in developing the skills necessary to be Engagement Coordinators; designing and managing creative and impactful audience and community engagement campaigns for independent social issue documentary films or media projects.To take place November 11-14 at Soho House New York. APPLY NOW
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