‘Octane’ will kick-start 20th IFF Market in N.Y.

IFP to screen 10 groundbreaking indie pix for confab's anni

NEW YORK — Joe Carnahan’s “Blood Guts Bullets & Octane” will kick off the 20th annual Independent Feature Film Market, which runs from Sept. 18-25 in Gotham.

Carnahan will introduce his dark comedy about two down-and-out used car salesmen on the IFFM’s opening night, which is sponsored by DuArt Film and Video and the Independent Film Channel.

” ‘Blood Guts Bullets & Octane’ is the kind of fiercely original filmmaking that both the IFP and the IFC are all about,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films.

Directed by first-timer Carnahan for only $7,300, “Blood Guts” debuted at last year’s IFFM, which is sponsored by the Independent Feature Project.

Following its screening at the market, “Blood Guts” attracted finishing funds from Next Wave Films and was acquired by Lions Gate Films.

In celebration of the IFFM’s 20th anniversary, the IFP will screen 10 groundbreaking indie films that received their first industry exposure at the market.

“Twenty Years of the Independent Feature Film Market” will be held at the Anthology Film Archives in Gotham. Double features will run nightly from Sept. 16-25. Many of the films’ directors and cast members are expected to introduce their films.

The series will include “My Dinner With Andre” (1981) by Louis Malle; “Down by Law” (1986) by Jim Jarmusch; “Stand and Deliver” (1988) by Ramon Menendez; “The Unbelievable Truth” (1989) by Hal Hartley; “Slacker” (1989) by Richard Linklater; “Metropolitan” by Whit Stillman; “Poison” (1990) by Todd Haynes; “Daughters of the Dust” (1991) by Julie Dash; “Clerks” (1993) by Kevin Smith; and “The Brothers McMullen” (1994) by Edward Burns.

“The series really illustrates the impact of the IFFM on the evolution of American film,” said IFP exec director Michelle Byrd. “We are excited that we can give the public a chance to see this great body of work on screen again.”

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