The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) released details of its 35th edition of Independent Film Week, taking place at Lincoln Center in September. The annual event hosts the international film and media community in New York to advance new projects by both emerging and established independent artists and filmmakers.
Among this year's 163 U.S. and international projects are new feature scripts from Carlen Altman (star/co-writer of The Color Wheel), Rama Burshtein (Fill The Void), Zach Clark (White Reindeer), Matthew Porterfield (I Used to be Darker), Pia Marias (Layla Fourie), Martha Stephens (Pilgrims Song), Sophia Takal (Green), The Zellner Brothers (Kid Thing), and Caveh Zahedi (I Am A Sex Addict). Veteran documentary filmmakers with Narrative projects are also joining this year's lineup including: Jennifer Fox (My Reincarnation), Andrew Rossi & Kate Novack (Page One: Inside the New York Times), Jeremiah Zagar (In a Dream), and Pete Ohs & Andrea Sisson (I Send You This Place).
Formerly known as the Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM), the initiative has played a pivotal role in the early work of independent filmmakers Charles Burnett, Todd Haynes, Mira Nair, Michael Moore, Joel and Ethan Coen, Kevin Smith, and Todd Solondz. In recent years, it has also played a vital role in launching the first films of many of today’s rising stars on the independent scene including Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Debra Granik (Down to the Bone), Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know), Dee Rees (Pariah), and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). This year's lineup, programmed by Deputy Director/Head of Programming Amy Dotson and Senior Director of Programming Milton Tabbot, the roster is split between documentary and narrative features.
For the first time this year, Independent Film Week's Spotlight on Documentaries section will highlight new work from international documentarians in addition to U.S. filmmaker. The documentary selection includes new work from acclaimed directors such as Academy Award® winners Louis Psihoyos (The Cove) and Cynthia Wade (Freeheld) and Academy Award-nominees Marshall Curry (If a Tree Falls), Carl Deal (Trouble the Water) and Rick Goldsmith (The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers); Ed Pincus & Lucia Small (The Axe in the Attic); Kristi Jacobson (A Place at the Table); Michel Negroponte (Jupiter’s Wife); Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army); Jamie Meltzer (Informant); Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons); Jesse Moss (Full Battle Rattle); Mitch McCabe (Youth Knows No Pain); Jody Lee Lipes (NY Export: Opus Jazz); Lisanne Skyler (No Loans Today), Stephanie Wang-Breal (Wo Ai Ni Mommy); Pietra Bretkelly (The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins); Yael Hersonski (A Film Unfinished); Catherine Gund (Mother Afghanistan); Judd Ehrlich (Magic Camp); Edward Hall & James Lovelace [D.A.R.Y.L.] (Werewolves across America, Katy Perry: A Part of Me); and Andy Bicklbaum & Mike Bonanno (the Yes Men films).
“For 35 years, IFP has promoted and served the independent film community and we’re thrilled to be able to continue to do so with an outstanding slate of both U.S. and international projects for this year’s Independent Film Week,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP. “This year, we’re heavily focusing on innovative filmmakers and creators who are pushing the boundaries of our medium and making storytelling more accessible than ever.”
A full list of 2013 Independent Film Week projects can be found here.