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in Filmmaking
on Feb 17, 2009

IFP announced today that after a five year sabbatical they are bringing back their spring conference, “Script to Screen.”

Taking place March 7 & 8 at the New York Film Academy, the conference returns to address the new landscape and opportunities facing content creators working across platforms in film, television and new technologies. The conference opens with a conversation between James Schamus, Focus Features CEO, and Scott Macaulay, Editor of Filmmaker Magazine. The conference closes with a conversation with filmmaker Lee Daniels, director of the recent Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire. Other featured speakers include: Stella co-founder and web sensation David Wain; producers Ted Hope (Adventureland), Nelson George (American Gangster) and Scott Franklin (The Wrestler); and Damages creators Glenn Kessler, Todd Kessler and Daniel Zelman.

Other confirmed speakers to date include:

* Screenwriters Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo); Anna Boden and Ryan
Fleck (Sugar); Glenn Kessler, Todd Kessler and Daniel Zelman (Damages);
Michael C. Martin (Brooklyn’s Finest); Kelly Masterson (Before The Devil
Knows You’re Dead
); Paola Mendoza (Entre nos); and Avi Weider (Zeroes and Ones).

* Producers Josh Braun (A History of Violence), Scott Franklin (The
), Nelson George (American Gangster), Gill Holland (Adventures of Power), Ted Hope (Adventureland), Gretchen McGowan, (The Limits of Control), Jason Orans (The Toe Tactic), Mike Ryan (Old Joy), and Susan Stover (Laurel Canyon).

* Executives Matt Dentler (Cinetic Rights Management), Ryan Harrington
(Indiepix Studios), John Hodges (Big Beach), Peter Kujawski (Focus
Features), Angela Lee (Vox 3), Susan Lewis (Big Pita Lil’ Pita), and
Cordelia Stephens (Belladonna Productions).

* Agents and managers Robert Lazar (ICM), Rhonda Price (The Gersh
Agency), and Jon Rubenstein (Authentic Management).

* Screenwriter organizations Rachel Chanoff (Sundance Institute
Screenwriters Lab), Ingrid Kopp (Shooting People), David Nugent (Hamptons
International Film Festival Screenwriters’ Lab), and Paul Rachman (Slamdance
Screenplay Competitions).

* Casting director Cindy Tolan (The Namesake) and entertainment
attorney Steven Beer (Greenberg Traurig).

The Conference is open to the public. Day and weekend passes are available
and cost $75 / $125 for IFP members and $100 / $ 175 for non-members. For a
complete line-up of speakers or to purchase a pass click here.

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