IFP Announces Public Programming Slate for 42nd Virtual IFP Week
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The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the filmmaker's parent organization, today announced the virtual public programming for IFP's 42nd week, which will run from virtually Sunday September 20 through Friday September 25. The first four days of the week are film and television programs. The last two days are dedicated to audio programming to assist audio developers with the launch of the very first IFP Week Audio Hub. More details on audio programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

kicking off On Sunday September 20, IFP Week will feature a series of panel discussions on the future of the entertainment industry and how storytellers can continue to shape and present their work, including:

  • “Blurring the boundaries of storytelling: how do I get my story out?” – a conversation moderated by Soledad O & # 39; Brien with Dawn Porter, director of The Way I See It, and other storytellers, discussing how effective stories are can be told to the audience.
  • “Disruptions in the creative industry and the emergence of new business models” (presented by Paus) – a conversation with Paus, Himalaya, FilmChain and filmmaker Jackson Tisi about the challenges of traditional business models and the emergence of new models to keep creativity alive.
  • "Hold My Seat: The Future of New York City Cinema" – Gina Duncan of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Aliza Ma of Metrograph, hosted by Caryn Coleman of Nitehawk Cinemas, discuss how to continue creating visual experiences for audiences.
  • Future Forward: Festivals & Filmmakers (in partnership with the Film Festival Alliance) – Festival programmers, filmmakers and those spanning the two worlds come together to discuss what's next for the film festival industry.

The day will culminate in a conversation with the filmmaker Radha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old-Version), which will be moderated by Terence Nance on the first of three evenings of the "Spotlight" talks.

Additional programs include daily “weekday threads” around feature films, non-fiction books and series panels with filmmakers and industry leaders. Some include:

  • "The Story of an Independent Black Filmmaker: The Journey to the Audience" – A chat with Huriyyah Muhammad (Farewell Amor), Phillip Youmans (Burning Cane) and Channing Godfrey Peoples, and Neil Creque Williams (Miss Juneteenth) as they discuss their travels to see their films from audiences with stories that reflect and reflect diverse communities often are not widespread.
  • "Exciting On The Side And On Screen: The Devil All The Time" – Director / Writer Antonio Campos, Writer Paulo Campos, and Writer Donald Ray Pollock discuss the customization process of Netflix's new "The Devil All the Time." ".
  • "Spotlight: I Think About the End of Things" Producers Roundtable – A conversation with producers Anthony Bregman, Stefanie Azpiazu and Bob Salerno as they discuss the production of Charlie Kauffman's latest work "I Think About the End of Things".
  • "Documenting Generations of Changemakers" – A conversation with the directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss (Boys State), the directors James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham (Crip Camp), the director Kim Snyder (Us Kids) and the director Hillary Bachelder (Represent) documenting their process of young activists trying to change societal problems and the different perspectives in which these stories are brought to life.
  • “Creative Collaboration, Storytelling, and Cultural Change in Prayer” – Director Kristine Stolakis, Editor Carla Gutierrez, and Producer Anya Rous discuss the power and importance of collaboration through the creative process and social impact campaign for Pray Away.
  • "Spotlight: Kirsten Johnson (Dick Johnson is Dead)" – Director Kirsten Johnson talks about her upcoming film Dick Johnson is Dead.
  • "Soundtrack in Little Fires Everywhere and The Eddy" (presented by Broadcast Music, Inc.) – Hosted by Doreen Ringer-Ross of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) with the music teams behind Little Fires Everywhere, composer Mark Isham and Die Musik -Supervisor Mary Ramos and The Eddy, director / executive producer Damien Chazelle and composer / actor Randy Kerber discuss how they created a cinematic musical experience for serialized content.
  • "Run That Show: Women Who Own the Writers Room" – A conversation with Veena Sud (The Stranger), Karin Gist (Mixed-ish, Star), Elle Johnson (Self Made), Janine Sherman Barrois (Self Made) and Nicole Jefferson Asher (Self Made) discuss their journey as writers and showrunners and what they hope for writers in the future.

This year, IFP is offering a variety of free programs, including panels in collaboration with organizations such as Black Film Space, NALIP, ImagineNATIVE, the New Negress Film Society and more on topics such as "Blackness and Brownness in Film", "Self-Reflection and Power" Dynamics in the documentary film process ”and“ The power to own it ”, presented by the IFP program Womxn Owning It. In addition, the event offers IFP members the opportunity to network virtually with networks such as the Ghetto Film School and Black TV & Film Collective . Finally, IFP will share pre-recorded conversations with film bureaus and organizations like the Australian International Screen Forum, the Mayor's Office for Media and Entertainment, FilmLA, the Missouri Film Office, and more on the future of production around the world.

IFP Week will also host their signature direct access program which will be work-shop sessions that explore specific areas of the industry under the guidance of decision makers and insiders. This year's sessions will include in-depth discussions and Q&A with the Documentary Producer & # 39; s Alliance (DPA) on Documentary Waterfalls Guidelines, Ted Hope on his illustrious careers and what filmmakers can learn from them, and an intense session of the IFP Episodic Labs with Neerja Narayanan, Ryan O. & # 39; Nan and Alex Schwarm.

This year's public program will also be expanded to include a two-day audio program showcasing talent and executives from industry leaders such as Audible, Spotify, Wondery, Penguin Random House, and others. The programming topics include topics such as audio production flow and business modeling and will culminate in a keynote on the future of storytelling in audio. In addition to panels and direct access events, the audio programming offers two nights of preview with exclusive content from a variety of exciting new projects. A full release of audio programs, events, and featured speakers will follow.

"As the need for storytelling remains a priority and a necessity, we are opening the 42nd Annual IFP Week in remarkable, challenging, and changing times," said Jeffrey Sharp, Executive Director of IFP. "However, our reach in virtual meetings, panels and conversations has never been greater in terms of access and collaboration. We look forward to exploring these opportunities with our growing community of storytellers."

More detailed information on IFP week and programming can be found at https://ifpweek.com/conference/.

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