The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced the first five projects to get weeklong theatrical runs at the state of the art Made In NY Media Center’s
theater as part of the Screen Forward program. Starting October 17th, the program will give filmmakers in the process of self-distribution the
unique opportunity to gain a much-coveted NYC theatrical week-run, with IFP working with each filmmaking team on comprehensive audience engagement and
grassroots outreach strategies, publicity support, coverage in Filmmaker Magazine, and a revenue split to all participating filmmakers.
The fall slate includes: Josephine Decker’s “Butter on the Latch” and “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely;” Paul Harrill’s “Something, Anything,” Onur Tukel’s “Summer of Blood;” and Madeleine Olnek’s “The Foxy Merkins.”
Screen Forward is a natural outgrowth of our mission to foster and celebrate the work of emerging artists,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP
and the Made in NY Media Center. “With the Media Center’s state-of-the-art facilities, and IFP’s 36-year-history elevating new works in the marketplace,
we’re able to provide filmmakers with a truly unique theatrical launch.”
turnaround after being bitten by a Williamsburg-dwelling vampire. After world premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, the film was
picked up by MPI for distribution.
Opening November 14th, are two films by Josephine Decker, “Butter on the Latch” and “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” (Official website)
Opening December 5th, Madeleine Olnek’s “The Foxy Merkins” is a wildly funny toss-up to the
hustlter films of old such as The Midnight Cowboy, except in Olnek’s take we follow Margaret: a new-to-New-York lesbian prostitute who, under
the tutelage of a straight woman, plans to make it big with Manhattan’s elite. A brilliant buddy-comedy, The Foxy Merkins world premiered at
the NEXT Fest in Los Angeles, and has gone on to screen at the Seattle International Film Festival and Frameline. (Official website)
Opening January 9th, Paul Harrill’s “Something, Anything” is a meditative study of a
life-altering tragedy that forces a newlywed woman to embark on a journey towards recovery. An alumnus of IFP’s Narrative Labs and No Borders
Co-Production Market, as well as a Filmmaker Magazine “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” Something, Anything premiered at the Sarasota Film
Festival and Wisconsin Film Festival, and has gone on to screen at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and BAMCinemaFest. (Official website)
Tickets will go on sale in October at www.nymediacenter.com, where filmmakers
will also be able to submit their projects for consideration for the spring slate. Films will be programmed based on artistic merit and perceived
marketplace and audience engagement potential.
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development
and distribution. The organization fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community through its year-round programs, which include
Independent Film Week, Filmmaker Magazine, the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, a new incubator space
developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. IFP represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key
role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year. During its 35-year history, IFP has supported over 8,000 projects and offered resources
to more than 20,000 filmmakers, including Debra Granik, Miranda July, Michael Moore, Dee Rees, and Benh Zeitlin. More info at www.ifp.org.