NEW YORK — If Friday was the New York Film Festival’s chance to show the industry Gotham is back on its feet, Sunday and Monday belonged to the Independent Feature Project.
The org kicked off its 23rd feature film market with a screening of Todd Fields’ directorial debut “In the Bedroom,” then returned the following evening with its major fundraiser, the 11th annual Gotham Awards.
On Sunday, a filmmaker-heavy crowd packed the Village East theater for a viewing of Field’s Sundance fest award-winning family drama, a collaboration between Good Machine Intl. and GreeneStreet Films.
“This is not an easy film,” said Good Machine co-chairman Ted Hope. “The content is tough and it was difficult to make. Personally, this project means a great deal to me. I think Todd Field did a marvelous job.”
The mood was considerably lighter at the Metronome after-party.
On Monday, the festivities moved West to Chelsea’s Pier 60 to honor six New York-based actors and filmmakers.
Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shyamalan, Diane Sawyer, Marcia Gay Harden and Edie Falco were among presenters at the ceremony, which feted thesp-producer Robert De Niro with a lifetime achievement award.
Deflecting attention from his acting achievements, De Niro singled out two local police captains active in the rescue effort, calling them the real heroes.
De Niro also used his moment in the spotlight to thank Tribeca Grill chef Don Pintabona for helping feed rescue workers at Ground Zero. Show will air on cabler Bravo.
Other attendees included Steve Buscemi, Glenn Close, Famke Janssen, Harvey Keitel, Matthew Modine, Q-Tip, Fisher Stevens, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro and Robert Wohl.