Unknown independent filmmakers have a new opportunity to see their work shown in New York courtesy of the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Filmmaker Magazine editorial staff and Brooklyn’s reRun Theater. IFP, Filmmaker and DUMBO’s reRun have banded together to program weeklong runs of films from self-distributing filmmakers; the first three titles to take advantage of the new initiative are Jacob Krupnick’s “Girl Walk // All Day” (Nov. 2), Sara Blecher’s “Otelo Burning” (Nov. 9) and Susan Youssef’s “Habibi” (Nov. 16).
IFP and reRun are throwing a kickoff event October 30 at 6pm at the reRun that is open to the public.
“In the reRun Theater, IFP has found a partner equally dedicated to our core belief in nurturing diverse voices on the independent scene,” said IFP executive director Joana Vicente. “In today’s climate, there are more ways than ever for filmmakers to get their work out into the world. But it’s the reRun’s emphasis on the communal moviegoing experience, and their drive to open New York City’s highly competitive theatrical market to a new community of artists and storytellers, that sets the theater apart.”
Interested filmmakers, particularly those who have worked with IFP or been covered by Filmmaker, will be able to submit their work for consideration via an online form on the IFP website later in October. Any film selected to screen will also receive marketing, publicity and distribution support, plus a portion of ticket sales.
“Girl Walk // All Day,” which played at SXSW in March, is a feature-length dance music video set to the latest album by Girl Talk. An alumnus of IFP’s narrative filmmaker labs, “Habibi” follows two students in the West Bank who are forced to return home to Gaza. It played at the Toronto and Venice fests. A Seattle film festival selection and IFP narrative lab graduate, “Otelo Burning” tells the story of a group of South African kids in 1989 who discover surfing.
“Our mission is to celebrate daring, vibrant works,” said Vicente. “Our first three weeks of theatrical premieres represent a dedication to this ideal, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with these emerging young talents.”