IFP Markets Sets Opening and Closing Films for 2004 Event
by Eugene Hernandez
A pair of new independent films have been set to bookend this year's IFP Market & Conference, running September 19 - 24 in Manhattan. Brad Anderson's "The Machinist" will open the Market, while Rodney Evans' "Brother to Brother" will serve as a closing night film at the annual event.
Actor Christian Bale stars in "The Machinist," a film that debuted earlier this year at Sundance and was later acquired by Paramount Classics. The film will have a red carpet premiere on Monday, September 20th at New York's Ziegfeld Theater to mark the beginning of the 26th annual IFP Market and Conference. The director and cast are expected to attend the gala kick-off.
Anthony Mackie, last seen in Spike Lee's "She Hate Me," stars in "Brother to Brother," another Sundance debut. The film is set for a theatrical release by Wolfe. The IFP/New York will close this year's Market with a premiere of the film in Harlem on Thursday, September 23rd at the Magic Johnson Theaters.
"With the departure of the IFP Gotham Awards from Market week, we now have an opportunity to really blow out Opening Night," said Michelle Byrd, Executive Director of IFP/New York, in a statement. "We couldn't think of a better launch of our week-long celebration of independent film than by toasting Brad Anderson, an IFP Market alumnus, and celebrating his powerful collaboration with Christian Bale. And once it became clear that Rodney's film would open theatrically a few weeks after the Market, we decided to create a Closing Night event that enabled us to celebrate him, Gordon Parks, Sr. and New York's own Harlem."
Also scheduled to screen during the IFP Market this year is the Canadian production, "Fallen Angels," directed by Scott Smith, starring Miranda Richardson and Callum Keith Rennie. The film will be released by Film Movement.