Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Brooklyn-based Independent Feature Project (IFP), long the nation's oldest and largest filmmaker advocacy non-profit, is preparing to kick off its signature event this weekend: IFP Week.
The indie epicenter for filmmakers coming to town with projects in various stages of pre-production to meet with a who's-who of the movie industry, IFP Week's project alumni—now including episodic as well as narrative and nonfiction-based work—include such recent hits as the 2016 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Barry Jenkins's Moonlight, Robert Eggers's The Witch, Reinaldo Marcus Green's Monsters and Men, Ciro Guerra's Embrace of the Serpent, Sandi Tan's Shirkers, and Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You.
Speaking of Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley will be stopping by IFP Week on Sunday, September 16th to speak in the afternoon's Screen Forward Talks: Notes to the Future day of programming at BRIC in Downtown Brooklyn (647 Fulton Street). The full-day event features a number of guest speakers and riveting discussions about the current state of independent filmmaking, and thanks to our friends at IFP, you now have the ability to attend the Sunday event free of charge.
There's something for every type of filmmaker and film lover at this year's event. Kicking off at 11am, IFP has put together a panel of alumni (including No Film School founder Ryan Koo) to "to wax about their experiences launching their first project, what lessons they’ve learned, and what wisdom they can impart to future film artists." At 12pm, creator Terence Nance and his filmmaking team will discuss their riveting new HBO series, Random Acts of Flyness, followed by an all female-lead panel of filmmakers discussing their work on the hit Ava Duvernay and Oprah Winfrey-produced series, Queen Sugar.
After a one-hour lunch break, the day continues at 3pm by celebrating the "docbusters" of this past summer with the filmmaking teams behind RBGand Won't You Be My Neighbor? Following that discussion is a 4pm producer's roundtable featuring such powerhouses as Julie Goldman, James Schamus, Josh Braun, and Riva Marker. The day concludes with director Boots Riley and his producer Nina Yang Bongiovi revealing how their 2018 Sundance crowd-pleaser, Sorry to Bother You, struck such a nerve with mainstream audiences.
Six awesome discussions taking place in one afternoon, and you can go for free! All you have to do is click here, put in Partner Code: NOFILMSCHOOL, and select Sunday, 9/16's day of programming, along with your name and email address. If you do each of those steps, you will be all set. As these passes will go fast, please only use the code and fill out the form if you're sure you can attend this Sunday's programming.
If you have an interest in attending the plethora of other public events taking place throughout IFP Week (Sunday, 9/16 through Thursday, 9/20), you can save up to 20% by purchasing a pass with Partner Code: IFP20.
For more information on IFP, click here.