IFP taps 40 for development program

No Borders festival slate drawn

IFP has announced its slate of 40 projects for the sixth annual No Borders program, which runs as part of its annual Independent Feature Film Market.

Program, sponsored by the DGA and HBO Films-Independent Prods., seeks to pair partially funded projects in development with potential financing or finishing sources through a series of roundtable discussions, one-on-one meetings and social activities.

Among this year’s 19 narrative feature selections are Sam Zalutsky’s “Mama’s Boy,” to be exec produced by Eva Kolodner (“Boys Don’t Cry,” “Happiness”), about a landlady on a mission to keep a young tenant safe from AIDS; and Edgar M. Bravo’s “The Preacher’s Son,” produced by Steven J. Wolfe (“Twin Falls Idaho”), about a man torn between the church and his lover.

Other highlights include Leslie McCleave’s “Road,” to be produced by Gill Holland (“Hurricane Streets,” “Desert Blue”), about a trying road trip shared by two former lovers; romantic comedy “Someone,” the directing and writing debut of “The Brothers McMullen” producer Dick Fisher; and Josh Aronson’s docu “Feelin’ No Pain,” on middle-aged doo-wop band Kenny Vance and the Planontones.

Financers involved

Among financing companies confirmed to participate are Miramax, Artisan Entertainment, Sony Pictures Classics, Fine Line, Fox Searchlight, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Paramount Classics, Unapix Films, USA Films, Alliance Atlantis, WinStar Cinema, IFC Films, HBO Films-Independent Prods., Good Machine, Next Wave Films, Blow Up Pictures and Redeemable Features.

In other IFP news, Aiyana Elliott’s “The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack” will receive the first annual Anthony Radziwill Documentary Achievement Award as part of the 10th annual IFP Gotham Awards.

Elliott’s film, which tells the story of her father, folk music legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, won the special jury prize for artistic achievement at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will be released theatrically this month by Lot 47 Films.

“Aiyana’s film is a tremendously accomplished theatrical documentary,” said IFP exec director Michelle Byrd. “We’re delighted that she will be the first recipient of this award.”

Honor was established by the family of the late Emmy Award-winning documentary producer Radziwill to recognize an emerging New York-based filmmaker. It is also sponsored by ABC and HBO.

This year’s IFFM runs Sept. 17-21 at Gotham’s Angelika Film Center.

A complete list follows:

Fiction projects:

Adam Roberts, “Atavism”
Rodney Evans, “Brother to Brother”
Alex Rivera, “Death of Cybracero”
Michael Stewart and Howard Libov, “Favorite Son”
Mohamed Kamel El Kalioubi, “Flesh and Blood”
Jupi Zaraphet, “Manhattan Maneuvers”
James Kerwin, Steven Hacker and Tim Shane, “Midsummer”
Horst Wieschen and Madelon Fleminger, “Monsoon”
Anja Murmann and Sidney Long, “Nomads”
Gadi Harel and Will Keenan, “O.M.C.”
Alfredo Ripstein, Jr., “Sacred Crime”
Edgar Honetschlaeger, “Sardines”
Mark Pederson, “She’s So Lame”
Laura Collela, “Stay Until Tomorrow”
Ramadan Suleman and Bhekizizwe Peterson, ” Zulu Love Letter”
Sam Zalutsky, “Mama’s Boy”
Edgar M. Bravo, “The Preacher’s Son”
Leslie McCleave, “Road”
Dick Fisher, “Someone”


Josh Aronson, “Feelin’ No Pain”
Jamie Metzer, “…And Other Popular Hits!”
Juan Carlos Zaldivar, “90 Miles”
Samuel Seder, “Adar and the Politics of Good Deeds”
Abraham Dabbah and Oren Rudavsky, “Chato Is Dead: An Immigrant Story”
Stephen Kijak Angela Christlieb, “Cinemania”
David Weissman and Bill Weber, “The Cockettes”
Lucia Davis, “Inherit the Kingdom”
Nancee Oku Bright, “Liberia, America’s Stepchild”
Lisa Brittan, “Mandela’s Poet Laureate”
Nina G. Seavey, “Muzika”
Ron Steinman, “My Grandfather’s House”
Andrew Horn, “The Nomi Song”
Paul Juutilainen, “Salton City: Miracle in the Desert”
Michael Fried, “Sing It, Tell It”
Maureen Muldaur, “Smothered”
Ramona Diaz, “Steel Butterfly”
Williams Rossa Cole, “SWAT Nation: The Rise of Paramilitary Policy in America”
E Minha Cara, “That’s My Face”
Shanta Bloemen, “T-Shirt Travels”
Allison Berg, “Witches in Exile”

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