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Socially Speaking; Composers at the IFFM; Dockers Tour Expands in ’99

Socially Speaking; Composers at the IFFM; Dockers Tour Expands in '99

Socially Speaking; Composers at the IFFM; Dockers Tour Expands
in '99

by Eugene Hernandez

>> Screenings, Seminars, and Schmoozing in Manhattan

Indie film’s annual gathering of filmmakers and industry continues in downtown
New York City, offering continuous film screenings daily at the Angelika Film
Center, seminars at the Anthology Film Archives and numerous private parties
after hours. Large crowds have been gathering for panel discussions which tend
to be the only place where filmmakers are guaranteed to find upper-level
industry execs. While on the Market floor, paper products dominate as
filmmakers try to gain the attention of would-be attendees. Downstairs in the
theaters, indie rep Bob Hawk, Next Wave Films staffers, and numerous festival
programmers and others can be found darting in and out of screenings.

On the social front, many attendees are occassionally looking beyond the
official Market events for networking opportunities. The Independent Film
held an alternative opening night party on Friday, while its finishing
funds company, Next Wave Films, hosted a small mixer in a Soho loft space
yesterday afternoon. Tuesday night, as some toasted the IFP screening of the
new Stratosphere release, “The Last Big Thing,” others socialized at Life
during a party sponsored by New York’s Independent Film Monitor and the
Flixtour. Yesterday was another crowded day on the party circuit as Miramax
hosted a private luncheon, the IFP held its Gotham Awards, the Reel School
welcomed guests to a party on their roof, and the much anticipated FILMMAKER
Magazine fete took place at El Flamingo. The other hot ticket of the week
is for tonight’s Sudance fiesta downtown. The market continues through

>> 15 Musicians Touring IFFM

ASCAP is welcoming fifteen composers to the IFFM this year, with the goal of
introducing them to the indie community. “Indie filmmakers often assume they
can’t afford an experienced composer for their film – or they just don’t know
how to find one,” explained ASCAP Director of Film & Video Sue Devine in a
prepared statement.

The musicians participating in the IFFM are: Andy Brick, Russell Curry, Deniz
Hughes, Ken Lample, Sheldon Mirowitz, Corinne Nordman, Mikel Rouse, David
Shapiro, Rich Tozoli, Stewart Wallace, David Wynne, and Brane Zivcovic.
Participating songwriters are: Jeff Franzel, Larry John McNally, David
Wolfert; and music supervisor Eric Coles. To encourage networking between
filmmakers and composers, as well as introduce makers to their free services,
ASCAP hosts panel discussions and other events throughout the year.

[For more information, visit the ASCAP website at:

>> Dockers Extending Indie Festival with IFP

Following a successful run in San Francisco in association with Film Arts
Foundation, Dockers‘ Classically Independent Film Festival will team with the
Independent Feature Project to take the festival to five cities next year.
Celebrating 20 years of the IFP, the festival will screen new indie films as
well as classic movies and short films during stops in New York, Chicago, San
Francisco, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. FILMMAKER Magazine’s Stephen
Gallagher, former programmer at the Hamptons International Film Festival, has
been tapped to manage the event for the IFP.

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