IFP announces feature film slate for IFP Week

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Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced its 2017 IFP Week feature film slate, highlighting over 110 narrative and documentary projects in development from over 15 countries. This follows the earlier announcement of 37 television, digital and web series in development that have also been selected for the annual event. Combined, over 145 projects will be presented in Brooklyn’s DUMBO area, Sept 17-21.

Under the curatorial leadership of Amy Dotson, deputy director/head of programming, and Milton Tabbot, senior Director of programming, the slate showcases original work across a broad range of budgets, genres, sensibilities and platforms. Select directors and producers will attend IFP Project Forum during IFP Week, the only international co-production market in the U.S. featuring stories for all platforms.

IFP has played a vital role in launching the first and second features of now-established directors including Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Robert Eggers (The Witch), Ciro Guerrra (Embrace of the Serpent), David Lowery (A Ghost Story), Laura Poitras (CitizenFour), Dee Rees (Mudbound), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated), and Behn Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). IFP via Filmmaker magazine-produced “25 New Faces of Independent Film” were early champions of such noted filmmakers as Antonio Campos, Ryan Coogler, Lena Dunham, Shana Feste, Cary Fukunaga, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, Patty Jenkins, The Safdie Brothers, Sebastian Silva and Craig Zobel.

“This year’s feature film program doesn’t shy away from tackling the controversial and key issues of our time. Art often reflects the times we live in, and this slate certainly represents a multitude of points of view and perspectives on America today,” says IFP executive cirector Joana Vicente. “Through the lens of race, religious expression, disability, female empowerment, immigration, truth, political correctness, radical inclusion and disenfranchisement, our artists pull no punches sharing their stories, demanding attention for the visions they share. ”

On the narrative side, U.S. feature projects are helmed by 70% diverse creators; 45% are women. Highlighted projects include:

* The directorial debuts of actors Franke Potente (Run, Lola, Run), Clea DuVall (Better Call Saul), Coleman Domingo (The Scottsboro Boys), as well as a new feature project produced by Elisabeth Moss (Handmaid’s Tale).

* Second features from Tahir Jetter (How to Tell You’re a Douchebag), Adam Pinney (The Arbalest), Clay Liford (Slash), and Meera Menon (Equity).

* New talent supported by established producers including Jason Michael Berman (The Birth of a Nation), Marttise Hill and Julius Prior (Cronies), James Johnston (A Ghost Story), Amy Lo (If Not Love), Seith Mann (The Breaks), Billy Mulligan (Yelling to the Sky), Sev Ohanian (Fruitvale Station), Pacho Velez (Manakamana) and Shin Yamaguchi (Enter the Void).

*International features in development from over 15 countries including new work from producers Eilon Razkovsky (Zero Motivation), Cristina Gallego (Embrace of the Serpent), Gaston Pavlovich (Silence), Alice Braga (City of Gods) Luc Dery and Kim McCraw (Incendies), Sylvain Corbell (It’s Only The End of the World), Martin Katz (Cosmopolis), and Ryan Zacharias (Mediterranea).

On the documentary side, projects are helmed by 68% diverse creators; 55% are by women. They include:

* New projects from directors Lyric Cabral ((T)error), Elizabeth Lo (Hotel 22), Stephen Maing (High Tech, Low Life), Stig Björkman (Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words), Brett Story (The Prison in Twelve Landscapes), Martha Shane (After Tiller), Ian Cheney (The City Dark), Lynn True and Nelson Walker (In Transit), Pernille Rose Grønkjær (The Monastery), Cristina Ibarra (Las Marthas), Clayton Brown and Monica Ross (The Atom Smashers) and Mike Day (The Islands and the Whales)

* New projects supported by established producers Susan Bedusa (Kate Plays Christine), Shane Boris (All These Sleepless Nights), Chanelle Aponte Pearson (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty), and Femke Wolting (Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press).

The 2017 sponsors are Premier Sponsors HBO and Amazon Studios; Gold Sponsors A&E IndieFilms, SAGIndie and Vimeo; and Silver Sponsors Kodak, National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa and Telefilm Canada. IFP Week is also supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Time Warner Foundation.