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Discover How ‘Crown Heights’ Director Matt Ruskin Went From IFP to Winning Sundance

By Dylan Dempsey

The journey to winning the Audience Award at Sundance 2017 started at IFP Film Week.

Like the best kind of college advisor, the Independent Filmmaker Project nurtures storytellers. For projects ranging from development to distribution, the IFP offers time and resources, connects creative talent with financiers, executives, mentors and collaborators, and curates events to help open doors—all in hopes of seeing you accomplish great work. One of their annual programming highlights is IFP Film Week. Designed to help launch ideas and boost careers, its events are abuzz with filmmakers, artists and storytellers.

This year, one of the filmmakers was writer/director Matt Ruskin, appearing on a panel moderated by Variety film critic-turned-Amazon exec Scott Foundas. Ruskin was there as an IFP alum to share his serendipitous tale of how his second narrative feature—working title, Darker Than Blue—went through IFP Film Week 2015, then went on to win the Sundance Audience Award earlier this year under the new title Crown Heights.

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Launch Your Career: 10 Lessons on How to Network in the Film & Television Industry

By Sophia Harvey

Really, nobody likes it, but networking is the only way to get anywhere in this industry.

It’s funny how in nearly every creative industry, success comes to the business-minded. For every cocktail hour, you can count the shy, awkward “artists” standing in the corner, fiddling with their drinks. For every single schmooze-inclined producer-type, there are ten writers who would rather be at home. The unfortunate fact is, those who can gather up the courage to shake hands and make a stilted introduction are the ones getting ahead. So, what’s left for the rest of us? There has to be another way.

IFP kicked off their 2017 Screen Forward Conference by attempting to answer that very question. How do you get your foot in the door (and not be weird about it)? The panel “Let’s Get Coffee” included Alex Scharfman (Co-founder, Secret Engine), Vinay Singh (Partner, Archer Gray), Lauren Kushner (Senior Manager, Artist Development, SFFILM), and Jordana Mollick (Producer, Hello My Name is Doris), with Indiewire writer, Chris O’Falt as moderator.

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From:: No Film School

Launch Your Career: 10 Lessons on How to Network in the Film & Television Industry

By Sophia Harvey

Really, nobody likes it, but networking is the only way to get anywhere in this industry.

It’s funny how in nearly every creative industry, success comes to the business-minded. For every cocktail hour, you can count the shy, awkward “artists” standing in the corner, fiddling with their drinks. For every single schmooze-inclined producer-type, there are ten writers who would rather be at home. The unfortunate fact is, those who can gather up the courage to shake hands and make a stilted introduction are the ones getting ahead. So, what’s left for the rest of us? There has to be another way.

IFP kicked off their 2017 Screen Forward Conference by attempting to answer that very question. How do you get your foot in the door (and not be weird about it)? The panel “Let’s Get Coffee” included Alex Scharfman (Co-founder, Secret Engine), Vinay Singh (Partner, Archer Gray), Lauren Kushner (Senior Manager, Artist Development, SFFILM), and Jordana Mollick (Producer, Hello My Name is Doris), with Indiewire writer, Chris O’Falt as moderator.

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“How Are You Going to Make a Video that’s 9,000 Pixels Long?” The Mixed Media Art of Anne Spalter

By Amy Dotson

Anne Spalter’s work not only reflects the world around her but also the world of the future she hopes to see. Wonder Why — the digital mixed media project currently taking over the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in Brooklyn, NY — is her most narrative work to date, mashing up everything from Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane, Google Earth, campy star graphics, and well-lit tunnels that she equates with hope. The result of putting these kaleidoscopic and powerful images into her unique visual blender creates an effect for the viewer akin to finding hidden letters of the alphabet […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

Enabling What is to Come: IFP Previews its 2017 IFP Week

By Scott Macaulay

“Film” — what’s in a word? It’s still the first half of Filmmaker, even as our new logo design nods to the ways in which this term’s meaning is continually mutating and no longer fixed in celluloid. But, as Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP (Filmmaker’s publisher) and Made in New York Media Center notes, it’s been dropped this year from the name of IFP’s signature event, which begins today through September 21 in Brooklyn. Over the last several years “Independent Film Week” has shortened to “IFP Film Week” to, now, simply, “IFP Week.” That’s because, as Vicente says, “the […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

Nicole Kidman and Ed Lachman to Receive Tributes at the 2017 IFP Gotham Awards

By Scott Macaulay

Nicole Kidman, in the midst of an extraordinary year of well-received performances, and legendary DP Ed Lachman, whose latest Todd Haynes collaboration is due for release in November, were announced today as the latest 2017 Gotham Award Tribute recipients. “It is truly an honor to present Nicole Kidman with the Actress Tribute this year,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in New York Media Center, in a statement. “Her choices in projects throughout her career have been bold and carefully selected, ranging from thought-provoking independent films and studio blockbusters to unique and original television series. She […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

“I’m Tired of this Appropriation of Stories by Filmmakers from the West:”: Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw on Cocaine Prison

By Lauren Wissot

Part of IFP’s 2013 Project Forum slate, Cocaine Prison is the latest completed work from indigenous Latina filmmaker Violeta Ayala, who’s long been an outspoken critic of the War on Drugs, which not only disproportionately affects low-income folks here in the States, but especially our impoverished neighbors south of the border, from Mexico on down. For this follow-up to 2015’s The Bolivian Case (another tale of South American coke smuggling and its consequences, but with a Norwegian teenagers twist), Ayala, along with filmmaker partner/husband Dan Fallshaw (a producer, cinematographer and editor on Cocaine Prison), have headed back to her birth […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

Attend Filmmaker Mag Talks with Safdies, Sean Baker, Barry Jenkins for Free

By Liz Nord

IFP has offered free entrance to No Film School readers for its incredible lineup of talks—if you act fast.

IFP Film Week has long been a mecca for independent filmmakers to meet, connect with industry pros, pitch projects, and learn from a wide array of talks from some of the best in the business. This year, in celebration of the 100th issue of the IFP-produced Filmmaker Magazine, the organization has put together one of its most robust lineups yet for a special day of Filmmaker Magazine Talks.

The prolific list of speakers is made up of those who have been featured in the magazine over its 25-year history, including the Safdie Brothers (Good Time), Sean Baker (Tangerine), Barry Jenkins and Adele Romanski (Moonlight), Dee Rees (Mudbound) and, of course, members of various classes of the magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film” list, featuring our very own Ryan Koo.

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