IFP has announced the full lineup for it’s 2015-2016 Screen Forward Series. The film series is aimed at helping independent filmmakers in the process of self-distribution or micro-distribution gain a wider audience by providing a venue for a New York theatrical release. Each of the selected films will be given an exclusive one-week run at IFP’s Made in New York Media Center, located in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
The full schedule is below. Synopses provided by IFP.
“Field Niggas,” directed by Khalik Allah
A wise-cracking, probing urban flaneur, Khalik Allah paints an impressionistic portrait of the loiterers and denizens in and around 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in “Field Niggas.” Beneath the bright lights of a corner convenience store, Allah wields his crystalline gaze on a series of faces and personalities as they ruminate on race, societal inequalities, family, drugs, homelessness, romance, police brutality, and, ultimately, their histories, in a collective chorus.
Gene spends his days canvassing about childhood obesity. One day he canvasses Titty, an emotionally-arrested 19-year-old who has successfully sued his own father to win back a large inheritance and gotten himself disowned in the process. Gene discovers that Titty has an ongoing online relationship with the beautiful but reclusive Ginger, who is an animal activist. Gene convinces Titty to make a pilgrimage to meet Ginger where the two men form a close bond despite both of them being drawn to the enigmatic Ginger, who is in need of rescue.
Louis and Jack have been friends since forever, so how could anything as lame as adulthood change that? But Louis’s first adorable attempts at grown-folk business are increasingly at odds with Jack’s ceaseless quest for new damns not to give. One hot summer day, Louis makes plans with his new friend Andrew, and Jack refuses to get left behind, both metaphorically and literally. Twenty-four hours later, everything has changed.
“Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party” spans the 24 hours containing the birthday pool party of 17-year-old preacher’s kid Henry Gamble. The night before the party, Henry and his friend Gabe, have a sleepover. Typical teenage boy chat quickly turns sexual, and it’s silently implied that Henry, on a search for identity, has a crush on Gabe.
For more information, including ticket purchases and how to apply to the Screen Forward program, visit IFP’s official website.