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New York (July 22, 2008) - With the future of independent film a hot topic this summer, Filmmaker magazine today joins the debate with the publication of its 10th annual survey of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film." Published by IFP, the nation's largest and oldest organization of independent filmmakers, Filmmaker is the leading print and on-line source for exclusive coverage on the art and craft of independent filmmaking. In addition to announcing this year's line-up, Filmmaker also announced that five filmmakers from the list will participate in Nokia Productions' current film competition with director Spike Lee.
The survey, featured in the summer 2008 issue, is online now at www.filmmakermagazine.com/summer2008, and available on newsstands at the end of the month, showcases 25 up-and-coming filmmakers poised to shape the next generation of independent film. Innovators earning nods from Filmmaker include: Encyclopedia Pictura, a filmmaking duo behind the acclaimed 3-D Björk "Wanderlust" video; Ryan Bilsborrow-Koo and Zachary Lieberman, the creators of the award-winning Web series, "The West Side"; Barry Jenkins director of the current festival favorite Medicine for Melancholy an IFC Films release in 2009; Joshua Safdie, director of the Cannes Film Festival's Directors' Fortnight closer The Pleasure of Being Robbed which IFC Films will release in October; and Aasif Mandvi, "The Daily Show" correspondent who co-wrote and stars in the upcoming 7 to the Palace.
"The people on Filmmaker's '25 New Faces' list are not only innovators we believe will be impacting tomorrow's film scene, but they're also artists engaged in a vital re-think of what it means to be independent today," said Filmmaker's editor in chief Scott Macaulay. "Crisscrossing from short-form work into features, from docs to fiction and from the web to theaters, they are creating careers as original as their films."
Of the 265 on the list over the past ten years, nearly 90% have been filmmakers, including such breakthroughs as Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson), Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know) and Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas). Notable actors include several high profilers in the early days of their careers such as Ryan Gosling (The Believer), Ellen Page (Hard Candy), Peter Sarsgaard (Another Day in Paradise) and Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry).
The five directors who will create new short films for consideration by Spike Lee for his film with Nokia Productions are: Ryan Bilsborrow-Koo and Zachary Lieberman, E.E. Cassidy, Daniel Robin, Christina Voros and Matt Wolf. Each will shoot their 3 - 5 minute film on a Nokia mobile device. Their films will revolve around the overarching topic of "humanity" and, along with submissions from the general public, will be considered by Spike Lee for inclusion as part of the third act on his film for Nokia Productions.
The 25 New Faces are:
About Filmmaker magazine
Established in 1992, Filmmaker is a quarterly publication covering the craft and business of filmmaking. Editor-in-Chief Scott Macaulay's perspective as a working independent producer ensures that the magazine's voice is authentic in covering the behind-the-scene aspects of the creative, technical and business realities facing specialized film. With readership of more than 60,000, Filmmaker is available through direct subscription and at more than 1,000 leading newsstands worldwide. Filmmaker is published by IFP, the nation's largest and oldest organization of independent filmmakers.
Founded as a satellite program of the 1979 New York Film Festival, the nonprofit IFP has evolved into the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, and also the premier 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 otherwise might not have been heard. IFP believes that independent films broaden the palette of cinema, seeding the global culture with new ideas, kindling awareness, and fostering activism. For information: www.ifp.org.