IFP ANNOUNCES FILM WEEK PROJECT SLATE AND INDUSTRY EVENTS
Just released is the line-up for this year’s Independent Film Week, which will take place next month in New York, from September 16 to 20 at Lincoln Center. Announced today for IFP’s centerpiece event of the year are both the industry events and the 165 projects which have been invited to participate in 2012’s Project Forum. A complete list of the projects can be found here, while on the industry side there are such new initiatives as the IFP Producer of Marketing & Distribution Labs and a joint event of IFP and Filmmaker magazine, “REINVENT: Media Arts for the 21st Century.”
IFP’s Executive Director Joana Vicente said, “IFP is proud to present this year’s Independent Film Week, which includes a truly original, exciting, and diverse slate of U.S. and international projects that are sure to pique the interest of our attending industry friends. Not only does Film Week remain an important space for filmmakers with unique vision to connect with industry and peers, but it is also a destination for aspiring filmmakers and film fans alike to explore the art and business of 21st century storytelling with the Filmmaker Conference.”
From the press release, here’s a summary of some of the notable participants in the Project Forum:
Narrative program highlights include new work from established independent producers John Baker (Dragonslayer), Siddiq Barmak (Osama), Jason Berman (LUV), Anne Carey (The American), P. Jennifer Dana (The Art of Getting By), Howard Gertler (World’s Greatest Dad), Steve Holmgren (Putty Hill), Lucas Joquin (Keep The Lights On), Guneet Monga (Gangs of Wasseypur), Katie Mustard (Night Catches Us), Josh Marston (Maria Full of Grace), Dave Saltzman (Shut Up and Play The Hits), Alicia Van Couvering (Tiny Furniture), Christine Kunewa Walker (Life During Wartime), Brock Williams (You’re Next), Steven Wolfe (500 Days of Summer) and Ryan Zacharias (Septien).
Acclaimed indie directors and festival favorites on this year’s slate include Deron Albright (The Destiny of Lesser Animals), Eleanor Burke & Ron Eyal (Stranger Things), Brian Crano (Bag of Hammers), Dustin Guy Defa (Bad Fever), Clay Jeter (JESS +MOSS), Eric Juhola (Off The Grid:Life On The Mesa), Malcom Murray (Bad Posture), Matthew Porterfield (Putty Hill), Tom Quinn (The New Year Parade), Dror Schaul (Sweet Mud), Martha Stevens (Pilgrim’s Song), Tim Sutton (Pavilion), and Musa Syeed (Valley of Saints).
This year’s selection of docs includes a range of stories equally divided among – and embedded within – the American political and social landscape, the international scene, history, and the arts world – with new projects from Academy Award® winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face), Academy Award® nominee Sam Cullman (If a Tree Falls), Jennifer Grausman (Pressure Cooker), John Walter (How to Draw a Bunny; Theater of War), Grace Lee (The Grace Lee Project), Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel), Ben Niles (Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037), Academy Award® nominee Jennifer Redfearn (Sun Come Up), Kelvin Kyung Kun Park (Cheonggyecheon Medley: A Dream of Iron), Emmy® Award winner Tracy Droz Tragos (Be Good, Smile Pretty), producer Josh Penn (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and a greater than usual number of documentaries from exciting new filmmakers.
In addition, SAG Indie’s Emerging Narrative Reading will highlight short excerpts from new work by up-and-coming writer/directors, featuring a live reading from leading independent actors cast by Paul Schnee and Alison Estrin of Barden/ Schnee Casting (Winter’s Bone, The Help). Featured scripts include:
Arrow Written and directed by Emily Carmichael
Brooklyn Flee Written by Devon Kirkpatrick, written and directed by Alexandra Roxo
The Price of Flowers Written and directed by Ashley Charbonnet
Papaw Easy Written by Martha Stevens and Karrie Crouse, directed by Martha Stevens
Taminex Written by William Gerard, written and directed by Anya Meksin
The organization championed the early work of pioneering independent filmmakers Charles Burnett, Todd Haynes, Mira Nair, Michael Moore, Joel and Ethan Coen, Kevin Smith, and Todd Solondz. 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 and You and Everyone We Know), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Amongst the many films supported by Independent Film Week alumni playing theatrically, highlights include Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight) and The Queen of Versailles (Magnolia).
To read a breakdown of all the announcements, go to the IFP website for the full press release.