You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

IFP fills documentary lab

Ten filmmakers to participate in program

Gotham-based nonprofit Independent Filmmaker Project has kicked off the latest round of its annual Independent Filmmaker Labs, the org’s yearlong fellowships for first-time feature helmers.

Ten projects have been tapped for the docu branch of program, with the Documentary Lab running this week prior to the 12-month mentorship offered by the initiative.

A trio of the selected titles hail from Brooklyn, including “Alias Ruby Blade,” Alex Meiller’s look at the former first lady of East Timor; “Lucky,” Laura Checkoway’s story about a young woman trying to find a way out of the South Bronx; and “These Birds Walk,” Bassam Tariq and Omar Mullick’s story about two Pakistanis and a dying humanitarian.

Also in the mix are Stephen Silha and Eric Slade’s “Big Joy Project: The Adventures of James Broughton,” about the filmmaker-poet who influenced the Beat movement; Mike Ambs’ “For Thousands of Miles,” about a man split between two lives; “The Last Wild Mountain,” Oakley Anderson-Moore’s chronicle of the beginnings of rock climbing; Penny Lane and Brian Frye’s showcase of footage taken by Richard Nixon’s aides, “Our Nixon”; and U.S.-Mexico border tale “Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border,” from helmer Rodrigo Reyes.

Rounding out the lineup of Lab participants are Benjamin Greene’s “Survival Prayer,” about an indigenous community of food harvesters, and Nicolas and Anna Hudak’s “Where God Likes to Be,” about three American Indians in Montana.

The leaders of IFP’s 2012 doc lab include producers Maureen Ryan and Susan Motamed and director-author Jon Reiss. Editors, composers and other industry types also participate in the program.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • They Shall Not Grow Old restoration

    Peter Jackson Documentary 'They Shall Not Grow Old' Nabs Limited China Release

    The Peter Jackson produced and directed World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” will hit Chinese theaters on November 11. Though it will roll out nationwide, it will do so via the China’s National Arthouse Alliance, which has limited screens. The 2018 documentary puts together interviews with WWI veterans and more than 100-year-old [...]

  • Zombieland Double Tap

    'Zombieland: Double Tap' Hopes to Recapture Raunchy Zombie Magic, 10 Years Later

    Audiences may have a few questions about the sequel to 2009’s hit “Zombieland,” which opens Friday. Why did it take 10 years to make a second one, after the first grossed $102.4 million worldwide on a $23 million budget, making it the third-biggest zombie movie of all time (second-biggest if you don’t count “Hotel Transylvania,” [...]

  • AMC TheatresShop signs, Los Angeles, America

    AMC Theatres Accused of Firing VP Who Complained of Gender Pay Gap

    A former vice president at AMC Theatres filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday, accusing the company of firing her after she complained that she was paid far less than her male peers. Tonya Mangels, who was vice president of product marketing, said that in March 2018 her supervisor inadvertently sent her a spreadsheet that included [...]

  • Sir Elton John poses for photographers

    Elton John Calls 'Lion King' Remake a 'Huge Disappointment'

    Elton John isn’t feeling the love for Disney’s latest live-action remake. In an interview with GQ U.K., the legendary musician criticized Disney’s remake of “The Lion King,” citing the film’s music as a “huge disappointment.” “The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music [...]

  • Fiddlin'

    Film Review: 'Fiddlin''

    Not many forms of music have “old-” actually built into their name as a prefix. So it’s a given that the practitioners of the 200-year-old genre known as “old-time music” will wear their antiquity proudly in “Fiddlin’,” a documentary set in and around the 80th annual Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, Va. What may not [...]

  • Jonah Hill attends the press conference

    Jonah Hill Passes on Role in 'The Batman'

    After being offered a role in “The Batman,” Jonah Hill has moved on from the project. Why exactly Hill is passing is currently unknown, and insiders tell Variety that when the news was initially reported, it was very early in the negotiations and that a deal was far from closing. The news comes after Zoe [...]

  • Daniel Kaluuya Elizabeth Moss

    SCAD Savannah Film Festival Honorees Include Daniel Kaluuya, Elisabeth Moss

    Daniel Kaluuya, Elisabeth Moss, Danielle Macdonald, Aldis Hodge, Valerie Pachner, Samantha Morton, Sienna Miller, Alan Silvestri and Olivia Wilde are set to be honored at the 22nd Annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival. Breakout Award honorees include Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Jharrel Jerome, Mena Massoud and Camila Morrone. Macdonald, who appears on Netflix in “Unbelievable” and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content