Independent Film Project announces programming for 40th IFP Film Week

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Independent Film Project’s signature event, IFP Week, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with both new and revamped public programs for the 2018 edition, taking place Sept. 15-20. Alumni from across four decades of the organization’s history are coming together to review careers, discuss the state of the film and media industries, and debate the future of storytelling.

This year’s programs include numerous public screenings, talks, and even a DUMBO-wide scavenger hunt, all centered on cutting-edge independent content for the big screen, the small screen, and now your headphones, with IFP’s inaugural dive into podcasting and audio storytelling.

Under the leadership of head of programming Amy Dotson and programming producer Bill Curran, the IFP Week public talks and events take place in and around Brooklyn, NY at BRIC, The William Vale Hotel, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, DUMBO Loft, and IFP’s headquarters, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP.

Programming highlights include Terence Nance and the creative team behind his new, acclaimed HBO series “Random Acts of Flyness,” and a look at Ava DuVernay’s series “Queen Sugar” with her directing team, including Julie Dash. An additional day of Screen Forward Talks programming, “Time for Action,” is scheduled for Saturday, September 15.

In a new collaboration with Rooftop Films, IFP week will present “Sneak Preview” screenings of new rising artists including Cathy Yan’s Dead Pigs and Sandi Tan’s Shirkers. Also new for the 2018 Film Week are the “What Now” talks presenting groundbreaking storytellers. Returning for a second year are the “Direct Access” talks providing filmmakers an inside look at the intricate details of the filmmaking world including financing and distribution.

One of IFP Week’s most prolific and longest-running events, “Meet the Decision Makers” returns to engage filmmakers with some of the industry’s top professionals. Lastly, IFP Week will kick off the 40th Anniversary with a themed scavenger hunt at DUMBO full of tasks and challenges to create an impromptu story.

This year’s free screenings and public parties include:

Saturday, September 15: Dead Pigs @ Brooklyn Army Terminal

A bumbling pig farmer, a feisty salon owner, a sensitive busboy, an ambitious expat architect and a disenchanted rich girl converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs float down the river towards a rapidly modernizing Shanghai. Based on true events. Free for all with RSVP, reception after the screening.

Monday, September 17: IFP Filmmaker Labs “Sneak Preview” Showcase @ The William Vale Hotel

Hosted annually during IFP Film Week, the IFP Filmmaker Labs Showcase gives audiences a first look at exciting new feature films before their festival premieres. This outdoor screening features excerpts from select Narrative and Documentary films from the emerging talent of the 2018 IFP Labs, the nation’s only program that supports diverse feature filmmakers when they need it most: through the completion, marketing, and distribution of their first features. Free for all with RSVP, reception after the screening.

Thursday, September 20: Shirkers @ Greenwood Cemetery

In 1992, teenage VHS-bootlegger Sandi Tan and her fellow film-geek pals Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique shot Singapore’s first road movie with their enigmatic American mentor, Georges. It was called Shirkers. Sandi Tan wrote the script and played the lead, S, a 16-year-old assassin collecting and then eliminating her own tribe. After shooting wrapped, Georges absconded with all of the footage…The 16mm Kodak cans are recovered 20 years later, sending Sandi, now a novelist in Los Angeles, on a personal, singular odyssey across two continents in search of Georges’ vanishing footprints—and her own. Free for IFP badge holders and ticketed for non-IFP.

“What’s Now” Talks @ Made in NY Media Center by IFP

To kick off each weekday (Monday September 17-20), IFP will host a series of intimate conversations with outspoken storytellers and leaders today at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in Dumbo, Brooklyn.