The directing bow of “Sexy Beast” screenwriting team Louis Mellis and David Scinto, plus new features from actor-director Steve Buscemi and animators the Brothers Quay and Emily Hubley, are among the 21 narrative projects announced for IFP/New York’s 2003 No Borders Intl. Co-Production Market.
The first of four principal sections to be announced for the 25th annual IFP Market running Sept. 21-26 in New York, No Borders aims to place filmmakers together with leading domestic and international buyers, investors and agents to shop for financing.
Independent producers whose new projects made the cut include Anne Chaisson (“Roger Dodger”), Amy Hobby (“Secretary”), Scott Macaulay (“Raising Victor Vargas”), Tommy Pallotta (“Waking Life”), Lemore Syvan (“Personal Velocity”) and Ann Ruark (“Frida”).
“It is extremely satisfying to see with each passing year, new projects which have come together as a result of No Borders,” said Michelle Byrd, executive director, IFP/New York. “I know we’ll see our latest completed projects — Joshua Marston’s ‘Maria Full of Grace’ and Rodney Evans’ ‘Brother to Brother’ — on the circuit next year.”
“No Borders has proven to be fertile ground for producers both within the U.S. and abroad to connect with the industry from New York and Los Angeles,” added Colin Stanfield, IFP/New York’s associate director of international programs, who heads the project mart.
Among pics looking for coin this year will be Buscemi’s third feature as director, “Queer,” adapted from the William S. Burroughs novel of that name and from “Junky,” as well as unpublished material. Ruark is producing, with Buscemi and John Hurt starring.
Mellis and Scinto are shopping “44 Inch Chest,” a personal and violent drama of one man driven to the brink, with producer Soledad Gatti-Pascual (“Noi Albinoi”) on board. Also in the lineup is Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s “Catherine,” about the woman who would become tsarina of Russia.
“The Tactic Toe” will be the first feature-length project, mixing live action and animation, from Hubley, who did the animated segs on “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” “Piano Tuner of Earthquakes” from the Brothers Quay is a dark fairytale to be exec produced by Terry Gilliam.
Also on the slate is “Blue Valentine,” an examination of the contemporary American marriage by Sundance award-winning “Quattro Noza” d.p. Derek Cianfrance, to be produced by former Miramax exec Jack Lechner for Radical Media.
Modeled on the Rotterdam Film Festival’s Cinemart and introduced by IFP in 1995, No Borders is the only selective film market in the U.S. focused on presenting projects in development to international industry professionals. At last year’s session, 450 meetings were scheduled.