Screenings up 45% as films flood IFFM

NEW YORK The indie filmmaker — a breed that’s enjoying certain Hollywood recognition of late — is flooding this year’s Independent Feature Film Market with product. Current IFFM boasts 66 features, 107 shorts and 125 works in progress — a 45% jump in screenings over last year.

The 298-film roster has necessitated the addition of a second screening facility at the nearby Joseph Papp Public Theater.

The eight-day market, running Sept. 27 through Oct. 4 at New York’s Angelika Film Center, will include several new services, including a program annex for seminars, panel discussions and a buyer VIP lounge housing a script library and video screening service. Cable web Bravo returns to sponsor a showcase of film school screenings.

Considered a primary outlet for indie films, the IFFM, operated by the Independent Feature Project, has in past years introduced such successful indies as “Metropolitan” and “Roger & Me.” This year includes Andrew Young and Susan Todd’s docu “Lives in Hazard.” The pair scored last year with the IFFM hit and Sundance award-winner “Children of Fate.”

And for the first time at the IFFM, documentaries will be presented as a separate section of the market catalog, sponsored by distrib Tapestry Intl.

Following are lists of feature and documentary screenings:

Documentary films

“Colorado Cowboy: The Bruce Ford Story,” Arthur Elgort; “Dialogues With Madwomen,” Allie Light; “Czech Women: Now We Are Free,” Zuzana Justman; “Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King,” Jeff Feverzeig.

“I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School,” Susan Raymond; “I Am a Sex Addict,” Vikram Jayanti and John Powers; “It’ll Have Blinking Eyes and a Moving Mouth,” Edward Jordan and Jeb Bergh.

“Live With This — Adrift in America,” Brad Vanderburg; “Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness,” Kermit Cole; “The Made-for-TV Election,” William B. Shanley; “Missouri 149,” Brooks Bushnell; “One Nation Under God,” Teodoro Maniaci, Francine Rzeznik; “Spread the Word,” Fred Parnes; “Struggle and Success: The African American Experience in Japan,” Regge Life; and “With the First Canoe (Tatu of Micronesia),” Jim Kallett.

Feature films

“All I Know Is,” Richard Mauro; “Alma’s Rainbow,” Ayoka Chenzira; “An Ambush of Ghosts,” Everett Lewis; “Anytime,” Jonathan Goldman; “The Armor,” Thomas Roth; “The Bet,” Adam Gillon; “Beyond Bob,” John Gaspard; “Blessing,” Paul Zehrer; “Boiler Room,” James Kwei and Mike Goodman.

“Buffalo Jump,” Chris Johnstone; “Clean Shaven,” Lodge Kerrigan; “Clerks,” Kevin Smith; “Cracking Up,” Matt Mitler; “Fuel for Love,” Susan Rapps-O’Dea; “The Genius,” Joe Gibbons, Emily Breer; “The Great Unpleasantness,” Dorne Pentes; “Home of Angels,” Nick Stagliano; “Horicon,” J.J. Murphy; “In a Moment of Passion,” Zbigniew Kaminski; “Karamazov,” Jeff Willard; “Kissy Cousins, Monster Babies & Morphing Elvis,” Wayne J. Keeley; “Let’s Get Bizzee,” Carl Clay; “Losers in Love,” Mike Bencivenga; “The Lost Words,” Scott Saunders.

“Lucky Stiffs,” Matthew Mallinson; “The Making of ‘… and God Spoke,’ ” Arthur Borman; “Man Walks Into a Bar,” Thad Halcli; “Manhattan by Numbers,” Amir Naderi; “Memoirs of a Mad Man,” Mike Baluzy, George Baluzy; “Murder Magic,” Windell Williams; “Night Owl,” Jeffrey Arsenault; “Odile & Yvette at the Edge of the World,” Andre Burke; “Poco Loco,” Deborah Koons; “Pope of Utah,” Chaim Bianco and Steven Saylor; “Reaching Out,” Pat Russell; “Risk,” Deirdre Fishel; “Russian Holiday,” Greydon Clark; “Sankofa,” Haile Gerima.

“Second Cousin, Once Removed,” John L. Shorney; “The Secret Life of Houses,” Adrian Velicescu; “Shades of Black,” Mary Haverstick; “Shameless,” Robert Byington; “Shimmer,” John Hanson; “Subculture,” James Westby; “Thieves Quartet,” Joe Chappelle; “Top of the World,” Cort Tramontin; “Vacation Survivors,” Steven Roth; “Virtual Love,” Lynn Hershman; “What About Me,” Rachel Amodeo; and “Witness and Devil,” Sergio Vera.

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