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140 Projects Selected for 2015 Project Forum at Independent Film Week

140 Projects Selected for 2015 Project Forum at Independent Film Week

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The IFP Project Forum provides filmmakers with the opportunity to meet with and introduce the project they are currently working on to executives from across the industry. Filmmakers whose careers have benefitted immensely from IFP include Desiree Akhavan, Debra Granik, Leah Meyerhoff, Laura Poitras and Gillian Robespierre, among many others.

“We are thrilled to present such a dynamic slate representing artists in film and new media from around the globe. These artists are really pushing the boundaries of storytelling not only through their narratives, but also in matching content to distribution in exciting new ways,” said IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente in a statement.

The project slate consists of several sections, each with a slightly different set of goals. Below, we’ve included a complete list of all the projects participating in the Narrative and Documentary Labs, as well as highlights from the No Borders International Co-Production Market and the Documentary Spotlight sections. Descriptions of sections courtesy of IFP.

IFP Independent Film Week is scheduled to take place September 20-25 at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs

A year-long mentorship program supporting 20 U.S. first- features in post-production through completion, marketing and distribution. All projects presented in the Labs will be premiering at domestic and international festivals over the next 18 months.


“Boone” directed by Christopher LaMarca, produced by Laurie Collyer and Katrina Taylor, and executive produced by Julia Nottingham /Pulse Films

“Decade of Fire” directed by Gretchen Hildebran; written by Vivian Vazquez, Julia Allen, and Gretchen Hildebran; and produced by Gretchen Hildebran, Vivian Vazquez, Julia Allen, Rachel Antell, Jennifer Petrucelli, and Steve Amarante

“Distant Constellation/ Uzak Evren” directed and written by Shevaun Mizrahi and produced by Shelly Grizim and Deniz Buga
“Kivalina” directed and produced by Gina Abatemarco
“Memories of a Penitent Heart” directed by Cecilia Aldarondo and produced by Patricia Benabe
“The Nine” directed and written by Katy Grannan and produced by Katy Grannan and Marc Smolowitz
“Raising Bertie” directed by Margaret Byrne, produced by Margaret Byrne and Ian Kibbe, and executive produced by Gordon Quinn and Justine Nagan
“The Road from Hainan” directed and produced by Nanfu Wang; written by Nanfu Wang, Peter Lucas, and Mark Monroe; and executive produced by Andy Cohen
“Supergirl” directed by Jessie Auritt and produced by Jessie Auritt and Carmen Osterlye 
“Swing Low” (working title) directed by Javid Soriano and produced by Javid Soriano, Lily Chen, and Zac Stuart-Pontier

“Albion: Rise of the Danaan” written by Castille Landon, Ryan O’Nan, Sarah Scougal, directed by Castille Landon, produced by Dori Sperko and Ryan O’Nan, executive produced by Debra Messing and Jennifer Morrison
“The Arbalest” written and directed by Adam Pinney, produced by Alex Orr
“Bokeh” written and directed by Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan, produced by Doug Daulton, Kent Genzlinger, and Brienne Lermitte 
“Donald Cried” written by Kris Avedisian, Jesse Wakeman, and Kyle Espeleta, directed by Kris Avedisian, produced by Sam Fleischner and Kyle Martin
“Hunky Dory” written by Michael Curtis Johnson and Tomas Pais, directed by Michael Curtis Johnson, produced by Michael Curtis Johnson and Bernie Stern
“Icaros: a vision” written by Leonor Caraballo, Abou Farman, and Matteo Norzi, directed by Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi, produced by Abou Farman and Adella Ladjevardi
“Katie Says Goodbye” written and directed by Wayne Roberts, produced by Wayne Roberts, Eric Schultz, Carlo Sirtori, Kimberly Parker and Jacob Wasserman
“Live Cargo” written by Logan Sandler and Thymaya Payne, directed by Logan Sandler, produced by René Bastian, Lauren Brady, Randy Hearst-Harris, Thymaya Payne, and Tina Preschitz
“Lupe Under the Sun” directed by Rodrigo Reyes, produced by Su Kim
“Seeds” written by Owen Long and Steven Weisman, produced by Anthony Ambrosino, Chris Haney, and Owen Long, executive produced by Younny Long
No Borders International Co-Production Market [selections]
Presenting 45 U.S. and International projects, the program is the only international co-production market in the U.S. for buyers, sales agents and financiers to meet with established independent producers who have strong tract records for producing films in the international marketplace. All projects have at least 20% financing in place and many have cast and/or principal attachments. 
“The Current Love of My Life” written and directed by Talya Lavie, produced by Eitan Mansuri
“Ethel” written by Yon Motskin, directed by Sophie Barthes, produced by Neda Armian and Anil Baral
“Lean on Pete” written and directed by Andrew Haigh, produced by Tristan Goligher
“Summer written” and directed by Saschka Unseld, produced by Kyle Ranson-Walsh. 
“Too Much of Nothing” written and directed by Lawrence Levine, produced by Pierce Varous and Sophia Takal
Spotlight on Documentaries [selections]
Presenting 50 documentary features at an early financing stage (i.e. early development/production) to those nearing completion (i.e. in post-production or at the rough cut stage), this section includes emerging and established filmmakers in non-fiction.

“Amor Puro y Duro” (“Love Hard and Pure”) directed by Catherine Gund and produced by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi
“Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary” directed by Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson and produced by Paul Lovelace, Jessica Wolfson and Pat Thomas.
“Getting Personal” directed and written by Doug Block and produced by Lori Cheatle and Doug Block.
“Last Call” directed by Lana Wilson and executive produced by Mike Lerner and Lilly Hartley
“The New Missionaries” directed and written by Yoav Shamir and produced by Tanya Aizikovich and Steven Markovitz
“The Oslo Diaries” directed and written by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan and produced by Hilla Medalia
“The Path” directed by Senain Kheshgi, produced by Annie Hanlon, and executive produced by Jonathon Ker
“Roll Red Roll” directed by Nancy Schwartzman, produced by Steven Lake and Jessica Devaney, and executive produced by Jennifer Fox
“Swim Team” directed and written by Lara Stolman and produced by Lara Stolman and Shanna Belott. 
“Two Tales of Whales” directed and produced by Megumi Sasaki
“The Unafraid” directed and produced by Heather Courtney and Anayansi Prado

To view the full list of participating projects, click here.

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