165 projects and industry programs lined up
Gotham-based nonprofit Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP) has announced the lineup of industry activities as well as the 165 projects tapped to be part of the org’s 34th annual Independent Film Week.The week’s Project Forum facilitates industry meetings with the creatives involved in the broad range of movies chosen to participate. This year’s brewing films, which are evenly divided between narrative pics and docs, include titles from producers including Anne Carey (“The American”), Howard Gertler (“How to Survive a Plague”), Josh Marston (“Maria Full of Grace”), Dave Saltzman (“Shut Up and Play the Hits”) and Alicia Van Couvering (“Tiny Furniture”). Filmmakers on the list include Daniel Junge (“Saving Face”), Sam Cullman (“If a Tree Falls”), Brian Crano (“Bag of Hammers”), Tom Quinn (“The New Year Parade”) and Musa Syeed (“Valley of Saints”). The Forum also will include the SAG Indie’s Emerging Narrative Reading, showcasing excerpts from new work by writers including Emily Carmichael, Devon Kirkpatrick, Ashley Charbonnet, William Gerard, Anya Meksin, Martha Stevens and Karrie Crouse. The week’s industry events, presented under the banner Future Forward, including a series of talks from media arts innvoators, marketing and distribution labs, and a festival forum that convenes progammers and other leadership from 45 fests. Third arm of the week is the Filmmakers Conference, which includes public conversations with names including James Schamus and Christine Vachon, meetings wtih industry pros, and case-study sessions of recent indie successes including “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” IFP, the org which also runs the annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, has set its 2012 Film Week to run Sept. 16-20 in New York.