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Just before a torrential rain hit Gotham on Sept. 18, Sundance Institute alums J.C. Chandor, Josh Mond, Antonio Campos and Mira Nair, among others, convened at the Empire Hotel for a party, thrown during IFP Independent Film Week.

Indie filmmakers mingled with Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon as well as Sony Pictures Classics’ Tom Bernard and Sundance Institute’s Keri Putnam.

While it was difficult to locate food and drinks at the jam-packed soiree, guests had no problem finding the opportunity to schmooze.

“It’s not just a party,” Sundance Film Fest’s John Cooper said of Sundance execs, who “are at IFP film week meeting with new and veteran filmmakers, conducting one-on-one meetings and trying to pave the way for two years down the line.”

Added doc director Marshall Curry: “It’s fun to see what other projects people are working on during Film Week. It’s nice to get the support of other struggling filmmakers.”