Richard Peña, Director Emeritus of the New York Film Festival, is taking his talent for programming across the Atlantic to Paris, where he and co-curator Alessia Palanti will launch a new 2016 screening program in coordination with The Arts Arena, a Parisian nonprofit initiative in the visual arts, performing arts, film and issues of culture and society.
Entitled “American Fringe,” the series will be presented as part of Paris’s Festival d’Automne in November 2016. According to Peña and Palanti, the program will include titles that hail “from outside the axis of Sundance/South by Southwest indies.” The pair will instead select work from “unlikely places” to screen, making an effort to have the films “feature innovative approaches to film style and content.”
“Over the past two decades, in conjunction with the emergence of digital media, an extraordinary number of films and filmmakers have emerged all across America,” said Peña exclusively to Indiewire. “Many of these works are a far cry from what’s usually designated as ‘independent cinema,’ having been made at fractions of the cost of typical festival films and without additional resources such as stars. Some of these works, at least from the small number that I’ve seen, have been among the most exciting American films I’ve seen in years, and the aim of ‘American Fringe’ is to gather together a selection of these works, fictions and documentaries, that have often been neglected, even in a film-crazy country like France.”
More details on “American Fringe” will be released in the coming year. The curators can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.