iPOP at the IFP Market & Conference

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The IFP/New York held its annual IFP Market & Conference from September 20-24 in New York. The event broadened its geography this year, hosting its opening night events, including the New York premiere of Brad Anderson's "The Machinist," at the Ziegfeld Theater in Midtown, and its closing night film "Brother to Brother" by Rodney Evans at the Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem. indieWIRE joined the IFP Market with a booth at the Puck Building in SoHo at the event, while filmmakers screened their projects at the nearby Angelika Film Center.

IFP/New York executive director Michelle Byrd and entertainment lawyer Steven Beer (who celebrated his birthday that night at the event) at the opening night party for the IFP Market & Conference, held at Crobar on Manhattan's west side. Invitees attended the New York premiere of Paramount Classics' "The Machinist" by Brad Anderson and later partied. Beer's firm, Greenberg Traurig was a sponsor of the evening -- the party at Crobar was apparently a good one. Hernandez made it out to celebrate, but Brooks had to stay home nursing post-Toronto fatigue.

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The Market attracts a crowd of film people from around the world, including Sydney Neter of SND Films in The Netherlands, seen here inside the Puck Building in SoHo. indieWIRE had a booth at the Market for two days during the week, where we had the opportunity to meet filmmakers and others who stopped by during the day. It was fun to socialize and chat, but a bit hard to get our regular indieWIRE work done. Oh well... It was still fun.

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Kristi Jacobson stopped by the indieWIRE booth in the Puck Building to say 'hi.' She attended the Market with her project, "Toots Shor: Bigger than Life." We passed out issues of the iW Monthly at our booth (iW Monthly is a print version of indieWIRE we send to film festivals every month which includes highlights of iPOP (but with tamer captions) that we create with the help of Kodak, along with our festival pocket guide.

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IFP/New York and the Hollywood Reporter hosted a very nice awards luncheon in SoHo last Thursday, honoring filmmakers with six awards. The day was picture perfect, and the restaurant even had a fantastic garden (quite large for Manhattan) and the 80 degree day made it feel like some place in California (aside from the view of apartments across the street). Among those enjoying the lunch (a buffet of a veg pasta & meat pasta, salmon, potatoes, chicken and caesar or spinach salads) were left to right: Winnie Lau from Fortissimo Films, Sony Classics' Dylan Leiner, who hosted a table at the lunch. Next to him is "p.s." director Dylan Kidd, and Mario Van Peebles, who was a co-presenter at the awards lunch.

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Producer/consultant Bob Hawk, seen here in between his many screenings, grabbing some food at the awards luncheon, also hosted a table with filmmakers and industry at the event, held at Barolo on West Broadway. Hawk saw iPOP enter the lunch, and commented, "iPOP is SO gay!" Hmmm... what can we say to that?

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Waiting in the queue for food, Dan Cogan from the IFP Market & Conference's No Borders section, director Liz Garbus ("Girlhood"), and director Ralph Arlyck (captured under the direct sunlight), who was attending the event with his project, "Following Sean."

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IFP/New York's Colin Stanfield greeted film rep Lynda Hansen prior to the awards announcements.

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Mario Van Peebles poses with screenwriter Seith Mann. Mann won two prizes at the awards luncheon, including the Emerging Narrative Screenwriting Award and the Gordon Parks Award for Screenwriting (both worth $10,000 each). Mann's project, "Come Sunday," is described by IFP/New York as a "story about a father, a son, and a black Baptist Church."

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