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In a press release today IFP announced the participants of the 2011 Narrative Independent Filmmaker Lab, which kicked off today and will go on in New York City until June 10.

The Narrative Lab Fellows and their features are Matt Ruskin (Booster), Rola Nashef (Detroit Unleaded), Nir Paniry (Extracted), Jenny Deller (Future Weather), Andrew Semans (Nancy, Please), Sara Blecher (Otelo Burning), Tim Sutton (Pavilion), Jaron Henrie-McCrea (Pervertigo), Ryan O’Nan (The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best), Mark Harris (The Lost Children) and Keith Miller (Welcome To Pine Hill).

This highly immersive, free mentorship program for first-time feature filmmakers is currently the only film program that supports diverse, low budget, independently produced filmmakers through the completion, marketing and distribution of their first feature film.

The Labs include an initial five days of workshops in June that assist filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic advice needed to complete their films. In September, a Strategy & Networking Lab coincides with IFP’s Independent Film Week, and in December, there is an intensive Distribution Lab. The Strategy & Networking Lab in the fall features specialized one-to-one workshops on web building, sales and marketing and audience building, as well as pre-scheduled meetings with potential buyers, funders and festival programmers. The Distribution Lab at the end of the year specifically focuses on hands-on creation of the necessary tools and the analysis of the initiatives for each film as it launches its individualized festival and distribution strategy, web and marketing plans.

Alumni include Dee ReesPariah, Zeina Durra’s The Imperialists Are Still Alive! and Victoria Mahoney’s Yelling to the Sky.

Read the complete release, including the list of mentors, here.


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