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IFP/West launches series with tribute to Vachon

Producer's credits include 'Safe,' 'Velvet Goldmine'

The eighth annual Independent Producers Series will kick off Oct. 7 with an evening devoted to Christine Vachon, whose credits include “Safe,” “I Shot Andy Warhol,” “Poison” and the forthcoming “Velvet Goldmine.”

Sponsored by the Independent Feature Project/West, this year’s program has been extended to seven consecutive Wednesday evening sessions, which will be held at the Wyndham Bel Age Hotel.

The areas to be covered this year include development and packaging, basic and advanced film financing, and marketing and distribution.

The series will also provide a case study of Todd Solondz’s controversial Cannes-preemed “Happiness.” Developed independently by Good Machine, October Films came aboard as the U.S. distrib prior to the start of principal photography. But the potent content created friction between the indie and October’s parent Universal, and prompted the producers to set up their own domestic distribution to handle the film, which preems theatrically mid-October following its New York film fest screening.

Among the confirmed panelists for the course are Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard, New Wave Films’ Peter Broderick, Slamdance award-winning filmmaker Daniel J. Harris, Strand Distribution’s Marcus Hu, Miramax L.A. prez Mark Gill and Gramercy Pics president Russell O. Schwartz.

Both series and individual session passes are available to the general public. Further information and reservations are available by contacting the IFP/West at (310) 475-4379, Ext. 52.

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