Friday, June 03, 2005

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IFP.org - News

Dear Subscriber,

Here is this week's IFP e-newsletter:

Drive-In Movies at Rockefeller Center
Sneak Preview Screening: Hustle & Flow
IFP Presents
Member on the Screen
Member Event
Ask the Experts
Member Discount: NewFest
IFP Recommends
Independent Film Production Survey
Museum of the Moving Image
Call for Entries

To view this week's update in HTML, click here:

http://www.ifp.org/content/noncms/ny/newsletters/6.03.05/index.html

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Drive-In Movies at Rockefeller Center
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IFP is delighted to partner for the second year with Rockefeller Center in presenting their Drive-In Movies series of independent films. Viewed outdoors on a 40-foot screen above the ice rink, the films feature four independent titles--documentaries and features--by first time writers/directors prior to their theatrical release. This year's presentation of independent films includes All We Are Saying, The Baxter, Rize, and Show Business.

Drive-In Movies at Rockefeller Center will feature a gigantic projection screen in front of 30 Rockefeller Center Plaza. The landmark Channel Gardens, from 5th Avenue to the Ice Skating Rink, will become a nostalgic drive-in theater including outdoor seats, a theater style surround sound system, and convertibles for VIP seating. The Second Annual Drive-In will be presented by Target and sponsored by Bank of America.

June 14-17 @ 9 pm
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Get there early!

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Sneak Preview Screening
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* Me and You and Everyone We Know *

IFC Films and IFP invite you and a guest to revel in a world created by Miranda July in her directorial debut, Me and You and Everyone We Know. The film holds a special place in the heart of IFP. Having been twice rejected by the Sundance Lab prior to admittance, July and her producer Gina Kwon then traveled to New York to participate in IFP's No Borders International Co-Production Market. It was during a fortuitous No Borders meeting that the team began the process of solidifying half of the film's budget in a meeting with Film Four's Peter Carlton. The balance of the funding came from IFC. Less than two years later, the film won two awards at this year's Cannes Film Festival and will receive a domestic platform release from IFC Films. Opens in New York on June 17.

Date: June 13
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: IFC Center, 323 6th Ave.
RSVP: http://rsvp.ifp.org

* Hustle & Flow *

Produced by John Singleton (Boyz N' the Hood, Poetic Justice, Baby Boy) and the winner of the Sundance Film Festival, Hustle & Flow is the redemptive story of a Memphis street hustler who struggles to break out of his gritty world to fulfill his life long dream of becoming a respected rap musician. He teams up with his middle class friend who is stuck in an office routine having missed the opportunity of becoming the music producer he always wanted to be. Together they have one last chance to follow their dream. Hustle & Flow was written and directed by newcomer Craig Brewer. It stars Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning, Ludacris, Taraji Hensen, DJ Qualls, and Isaac Hayes. Opens July 13.

Writer/director Craig Brewer and producers John Singleton and Stephanie Allain will introduce the screening.

Date: June 24
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street
Cost: Free for IFP members and a guest.
RSVP: http://rsvp.ifp.org

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IFP Presents
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* IFP Buzz Cuts Short Film Series *
Sponsored by SKYY Vodka

This month, our "Tales of the City" program presents glimpses into the lives of people in the Big Apple.

Date: June 14
Time: 7 pm
Q & A: 8: 30 p.m. Reception: 9 p.m.
Two Boots Pioneer Theater, 155 E. 3rd St.
Cost: Free for IFP members.
RSVP: http://rsvp.ifp.org
Info: http://www.ifp.org/calendar/eventitem.php?id=983

* Independents Night: La Sierra *

Directed by Scott Dalton & Margarita Martinez

More than 30,000 people have been killed over the last 10 years in Colombia's bloody civil conflict, in which left-wing guerillas fight against the government and illegal right-wing paramilitary groups. As guerillas and paramilitaries seek to control marginal city neighborhoods, urban gangs align themselves with each side. In this way, the national conflict has been translated into a brutal turf war pitting adjacent barrios against each other. La Sierra explores life over the course of a year in one such barrio (La Sierra, in Medellin), but rather than being a political exposé or overview, it presents an intimate portrait of a neighborhood wracked by conflict through the prism of three young lives-told largely in their voices.

Date: June 16
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Walter Reade Theater, Broadway at 65th St.
Cost: Free for IFP members.
RSVP: http://rsvp.ifp.org

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Member Event
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Industry Connect: The Casting Process

Ellyn Long Marshall and Maria Nelson of Orpheus Group Casting is behind an impressive array of recent independent films including Girlfight, Piñero, Real Women Have Curves, and Maria Full of Grace. They will not only discuss the casting process, but they'll also demonstrate some of their sessions. Open to all members.

Date: June 7
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: DEKK, 134 Reade St.
RSVP: http://rsvp.ifp.org

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Online Resource: Ask the Experts
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IFP's "Ask the Experts" online resource is your opportunity to ask questions of leading filmmakers, agents, distributors, and industry execs regarding the art and business of filmmaking. Each month, you can submit questions to a different filmmaker or executive. We'll take the best questions and post them on the site, along with the expert's responses.

* Upcoming Topic: Production Insurance *

The goal of this program is to take the mystery out of production insurance. Production insurance is commonly used to protect the financial interests of the production company, their investors, and the completion bond company, in addition to legal and entertainment industry requirements. Entertainment insurance expert Dennis R. Reiff will field questions about how to arrange production insurance, what the legal requirements are, and on how completion bond companies operate, as well as the discount he offers IFP members.

Visit http://www.ifp.org/experts to participate.

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Member Discount: NewFest
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NewFest 2005: June 2-12

NewFest, The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival, will be the biggest in recent memory, with nearly 250 films in the lineup (relative to 200 in past years). 35 countries are represented, from Serbia and Montenegro to Turkey to Uruguay and Peru.

Tickets sales for NewFest members begin today. General public ticket sales begin on May 25.

Location: Loews 34th Street & Loews State Theater in Times Square (under the
Virgin Megastore)
Cost: $10 for IFP members; $11 for general public.

IFP members must show membership card at the box office to receive discount.

Visit http://www.newfest.org for full screening schedule and ticket information.

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IFP Recommends
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* Trailer Mechanics - A Guide to Making your Documentary Fundraising Trailer *

In order to raise money to make a documentary, it is essential to produce a trailer that will capture the imagination and confidence of grant-makers and investors. Fernanda Rossi's "Trailer Mechanics" guides the filmmaker step-by-step through the entire process of making such fundraising trailers.

To read an excerpt or purchase it at 10% discount, visit:
http://www.documentarydoctor.com

* Smart Black People *

Members are invited to a screening of IFP board member Nelson George's work-in-progress documentary Smart Black People (Revisit the 80s). The hour-long film looks at the impact of black culture in the '80s through the memories of those who shaped the decade. Seating for the screening is limited. A reception will follow at Table 50 @ Bleeker & Broadway during George's monthly classic R&B party.

Date: June 13
Time: 7 pm
Location: Tribeca Grand Screening Room, 2 Avenue of the Americas.
RSVP: Email fiona@thebloomeffect.com. Include your IFP membership number.

* The New York Observer Cinema Club Private Screening: My Summer of Love *

Join the New York Observer Cinema Club (absolutely free!) today to have access to movie screenings, discount offers, and other events.

How to join: Email cinemaclub@observer.com

My Summer of Love
Date: June 13th
Time: 7pm
Location: Tribeca Screening Room, 375 Greenwich St.

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Independent Film Production Survey
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IFP, a 27-year-old non partisan, membership-based organization working with independent writers, directors and producers is collecting data from production companies and independent producers for an annual report detailing the economic impact of NY producers and production community. IFP has not received financing from any trade associations, lobbyists and/or governmental agencies to collect this information or report its findings. The gathering of information through this survey and annual report are part of the services the organization provides to the film industry at large.

The goal of the annual report is to provide unbiased and independent information that assists in quantifying the economic reach and production trends of NY-based producers and production companies, leading to a stronger case for policies to support low budget film. No information gathered through this survey process will be shared with third parties as it relates to the specific production history of any company or the history of any specific project. The data will only ever be presented in its aggregate form to members of the industry, governmental agencies and trade press.

Participate today: http://www.ifp.org/NYProductionSurvey

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Museum of the Moving Image
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New Summer Schedule

Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

IFP/New York members receive complimentary membership to the Museum of the Moving image.

Visit http://www.movingimage.us for screening and exhibit information.

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Call for Entries
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* Woodstock Film Festival *

Deadline: June 13

The Woodstock Film Festival (Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2005) is currently accepting submissions in all categories. Maverick Awards are presented for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film Score, Best Editing and Best Animation. Cash, prizes and/or services are given out in each category. Audience Awards are presented for Best Feature and Best Documentary.

To apply: http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/entryform/2005.htm

* Prized Pieces International Film & Video Festival *

Deadline: July 30

The National Black Programming Consortium's annual festival showcases films from around the world that address issues of human rights and social justice from a uniquely Black perspective.
Info: http://www.nbpc.tv or call 212.234.8200 ext. 227


June IndieLink: Download Now

Download the June issue of IndieLink at:
http://www.ifp.org/content/noncms/ny/nyindielinkjune05.pdf

In order to view Indielink, you must have Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher. To download the most recent version of Adobe Reader, visit: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html


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