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August 23, 2013 11:44 AM
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'Citizen Koch' Controversy, 'Leviathan' Director and DJ Spooky To Take Center Stage at IFP Conference

IFP's 2013 Filmmaker Conference, which runs from September 15-19 at the New York Public Library's Bruno Watler Auditorium, will feature keynotes from cinematic non-fiction's posterchild, the famously laconic Lucien Castaing-Taylor ("Leviathan"), "Rebirth of a Nation" multimedia artist DJ Spooky, and "The Hunger Games" producer Jon Kilik.

The controversy surrounding public television organization's revoked funding for the documentary "Citizen Koch" will be explored on the panel "Documentaries that Disturb the Power Structure" with "Citizen Koch" filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, as well as "Park Avenue" producer Mette Hoffman Meyer and ITVS's Claire Aguilar.

The conference, which focuses on important issues in the independent filmmaking community will also feature case studies on the production and release of "Fruitvale Station," "Our Nixon" and the interactive documentary "Hollow."  The Sundance Institute's Artist Services will also present their tips for direct distribution for filmmakers.

Here's the announcement of the conference's highlights, direct from IFP:

Presenting keynotes from filmmakers and cross-platform innovators including Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Leviathan), multimedia musician DJ Spooky, stalwart producer Jon Kilik (Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Hunger Games) case studies of Fruitvale Station, Our Nixon and interactive documentary Hollow, as well as inclusive discussions exploring the art & business of 21st century storytelling.

Among the panels touching on the hottest issues in filmmaking is “Documentaries that Disturb the Power Structure.” a conversation with Oscar nominees Tia Lessin & Carl Deal, directors of Citizen Koch, Mette Hoffman Meyer, executive producer of Alex Gibney’s Park Avenue, and Claire Aguilar of ITVS.

Additional centerpiece panels include “New Black Voices,”  featuring Shaka King (Newlyweeds), Yoruba Richen (The New Black), Nekisa Cooper (producer, Pariah), and conversations understanding investors’ motivations, documentary director-subject relationships, the power of Social Capital, filmmaking outside of NY & LA, and web comedies are sure to keep you thinking and informed, and inspire your latest works.

And new this year, #ArtistServices NYC presented by Sundance Institute – fierce conversations around the latest technology and trends in film including a crash course on DCP, creative financing, guerrilla marketing, and independent theatrical distribution.

Plus:

Meet the Decision Makers – face-time with some of the most exciting organizations in film today, such as Sony Pictures Classics, Cinereach, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Fandor, Nantucket Screenwriters’ Colony, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Documentary Fund, and many more!

Pitch Workshops give you the chance to tell your project to a panel of experts live, and get feedback on how to do it better! Applications open now for screenplays, documentaries, and web-native content!

Daily creativity games with Upright Citizens Brigade

Short Blitz Presentations from street photographer Jamel Shabazz, animator Dash Shaw, composer Peter Nashel, big data pioneers Harmony Institute, distribution advisor Peter Broderick, and the Walker Art Center’s #CatVidFest.

New Voices! Screenplay Reading Series, presented by SAGIndie – excerpts from four screenplays participating in RBC’s Emerging Storytellers program at Independent Film Week performed live.

IFP’s annual free and open to the public party and screening, the Independent Filmmaker Labs “Sneak Preview” Showcase, presented with Rooftop Films convenes again September 16. The Labs Showcase gives audiences a first-look at exciting new films, before their festival premieres.


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1 Comment

  • yoink | August 23, 2013 5:44 PMReply

    "Citizen Koch" isn't even primarily about the Koch brothers. I was looking forward to it being an expose of their hijinks, but actually the film covers a whole lot of other ground (maybe too much to stay focused) in terms of related recent political battles.