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    Sheila Nevins at IFP: "You have to cry out for people to watch documentaries"

    Doc day at the ongoing IFP Conference in Manhattan today featured a titan of the doc world today. In front of a packed room of eager documentary filmmakers and industry movers and shakers, HBO Documentary Films' President Sheila Nevins took to the stage at IFP's Independent Film Week fo...

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    Aging Indies and the Nuts & Bolts of Moviemaking in Focus as IFP Event Opens

    Each year during the week between the Toronto and New York film festivals, indie minded moviemakers are in focus at the IFP annual gathering in Manhattan. Formerly known as the IFP Market (and the Independent Feature Film Market before that), IFP Independent Film Week is a meeting point and sho...

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    In the Works: IFP Week Edition | "Girl Model," Suburban Yoga, Sara Jane Moore

    Selected filmmakers from across the nation with projects at various stages of completion will flock to New York next week for the Independent Film Project's Independent Film Week (IFW). During the event, workshops are hosted and meetings are arranged for filmmakers to explore funding opport...

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    In the Works: "The End of Something" Begins, No More Depression and "Karate Kid" with Swords

    This week’s profiles of projects in various stages of production spotlights one of the films to be featured at Independent Film Project's (IFP) Independent Film Week September 19-23, "The End of Something," from up-and-coming producer Mynette Louie and directed by Rory Kelly...

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    Toolkit | Meet the Sundance Film Festival Programmers (In their Own Words)

    In the first of what will be a series of articles in indieWIRE's new Filmmaker Toolkit section, indieWIRE explores the Sundance Film Festival today. This new Toolkit section of iW aims to aid filmmakers in a host of areas related to filmmaking, including profiles of large parts of the film ...

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    In the Works: Mid-80s Indie Music Rocks "Losers"

    In this week's production column, "Losers Take All" sees director Alex Steyermark revisit his musical roots with a tale that chronicles the rise of a band in the 1980s American indie rock scene. The documentary "From Baghdad to Brooklyn," meanwhile follows a gay Iraqi re...

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    Toolkit | Meet the Distributors (A Work in Progress)

    For veterans, knowing the basics about film festivals and film distributors may seem like Filmmaking 101. Yet, consistently indieWIRE's editors have heard that directors and producers must familiarize themselves with the particulars of the full array of distribution in order to maximize the potentia...

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    20 Tips for Strategizing Festivals & Distribution Today

    For an independent filmmaker, the prospects for distribution can seem daunting, if not downright depressing. Many studios have shuttered their specialty divisions, getting into the big festivals gets more difficult each year, and new media offer increasing competition for consumers' attenti...

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    In the Works: "Vamps," Decimated Village, Laughing at Cancer, Gay/Black Marriage

    In this week's in-production column, "Vamps," from "Fast Times at Ridgemont Hight" director Amy Heckerling, a group of vampires indulges in New York nightlife. Also in the works this week, a stylized story of a desecrated village, a comedic take on cancer, and documentar...

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    Tom Bernard: Empowering Filmmakers

    You can’t be dependent on somebody else to put your film into the marketplace. “Empowered filmmaker” is the mantra for today’s indies.

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