IFC greenlights trio

Indie projects by Morris, Nunez and Gilroy get the go

NEW YORK — Building upon the success of its initial co-production, John Sayles’ “Men With Guns”), IFC Prods. has greenlighted three new projects, one each from veteran indie directors Victor Nunez (“Ulee’s Gold”) and Errol Morris (“Fast, Cheap and Out of Control”) and one from newcomer Tom Gilroy.

The films range in budget from $1 to $4.5 million, said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films, which consists of Woodbury, N.Y.-based IFC Prods. and Next Wave Films of Santa Monica, Calif., which specializes in ultra low-budget films.

IFC Films is owned by Bravo Networks, which manages and operates the Independent Film Channel.

The films by Nunez, Morris and Gilroy that IFC is producing are intended for theatrical release. Pics will make their broadcast premieres on the Independent Film Channel.

Nunez’ “The Professor’s Wife,” is a story about miracles in the ordinary lives of a university couple and their grown children.

“Wife” will be produced by Jonathan Demme and Ed Saxon’s Clinica Estetico, as well as Nunez and his producing partner, Sam Gowan.

Morris’ project is tentatively titled “In the Middle of Nowhere (and all by myself).” A profile of a death machine designer named Fred Leuchter, pic is also a meditation on the nature of good and evil. New York attorney John Sloss is exec producer.

IFC is also financing Gilroy’s first feature “Spring Forward,” starring Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber. Peri Gilpin (TV’s “Frasier”), Lili Taylor, Campbell Scott and Ian Hart co-star in the story of two men whose friendship provides them with strength in the face of personal crisis.

Gill Holland, Jim McKay and Michael Stipe are producing “Forward.”

Separately, Next Wave Films announced Friday that its next project is the British film “Following.” The directorial debut of Christopher Nolan, “Following” is a psychological thriller about a writer who becomes obsessed with tracking strangers. It will screen in the Discovery program of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

Pic is written and directed by Nolan and stars Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw and Lucy Russell. Emma Thomas, Theobald and Nolan produce.

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