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IFC Nabs SXSW Prize-Winner Tiny Furniture

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 23, 2010 at 2:59AM

IFC Films has acquired North American and multiple foreign rights to the critical hit of SXSW, writer-director-actress Lena Denham's Tiny Furniture, which marks the emergence of a fresh new voice in American indie film. Dunham not only won the narrative feature jury prize but also took home the festival’s breakout award for emerging narrative woman director. She stars in the semi-autobiographical DIY film, which she shot after graduating from Oberlin College, in familiar Manhattan locations on a miniscule budget.
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IFC Films has acquired North American and multiple foreign rights to the critical hit of SXSW, writer-director-actress Lena Denham's Tiny Furniture, which marks the emergence of a fresh new voice in American indie film. Dunham not only won the narrative feature jury prize but also took home the festival’s breakout award for emerging narrative woman director. She stars in the semi-autobiographical DIY film, which she shot after graduating from Oberlin College, in familiar Manhattan locations on a miniscule budget.

IFC Films will release Tiny Furniture via its IFC in Theaters on-demand platform day-and-date with its theatrical run. Here's IFC's description of the film:
 


TINY FURNITURE tells the story of 22-year-old Aura (Dunham) who returns home after college to her artist mother’s loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her YouTube page, and no shoulders to cry on. Starring Dunham’s real-life family in supporting roles and shot in her family home, TINY FURNITURE is a tragicomedy about what does and does not happen when you graduate with no skills, no love life, and a lot of free time. 

A creative writing major, @lenadunham's first short film, Dealing, premiered at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival and her first feature, Creative Nonfiction, premiered at SXSW 2009 and played New York's Anthology Film Archives. Check out her two webseries, Tight Shots (at Nerve.com) and Delusional Downtown Divas.

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Stuck In Love, Indies, SXSW, Independents, Screenwriters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.