The Independent Filmmaker Project announced today the ten narrative features selected for the 2014 Independent Filmmaker Labs, IFP’s annual yearlong fellowship for first-time feature directors, a companion to last months documentary Labs features announcement. The creative teams of the selected films, chosen from a national pool of 150+ submissions, are currently attending the first session of the program – The Time Warner Foundation Completion Labs– taking place June 9-13 in New York City.
The 2014 Labs mark the 10th anniversary edition of the mentorship program. Launched in 2005 as a three-day program for eight narrative projects by Filmmaker Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Scott Macaulay, the Labs have evolved under the leadership of Amy Dotson, Head of Programming, and Milton Tabbot, Senior Director of Programming, into a successful, year-long program for 20 projects (10 documentary and 10 narrative) with an expansive focus on post-production, marketing, distribution, audience engagement strategy, and career sustainability.
As an extension of the Labs program, IFP has announced the launch of First Run, a new initiative to host weeklong theatrical openings at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP this fall. Beginning with the theatrical debuts of three critically acclaimed IFP Narrative Lab Alumni films, the program will give filmmakers in the process of self-distribution the unique opportunity to gain a much-coveted NYC theatrical week-run. IFP staff will work with each filmmaking team on comprehensive audience engagement and grassroots outreach strategies, assist with publicity, and offer a revenue split to all participating filmmakers.
The selected projects for the 2014 IFP Narrative Lab and Lab Fellows are:
A down-on-his-luck musician charts a new path when he is introduced to a group of Brooklyn beatboxers. Fellows: Andrew Dresher (Writer, Director), Chip Hourihan (Producer), Jon Furay (Producer), Chris Branca (Editor).
A lonely Christmas tree vendor tries to salvage his holiday spirit as a mysterious woman befriends him. Fellows: Charles Poekel (Writer, Director, Producer), Clare Paterson (Co-Producer).
In the near future, survivors of a global epidemic are plagued by a debilitating symptom of the disease – double amnesia. Claire Carré (Writer, Director, Producer, Editor), Charles Spano (Writer, Producer).
Only a Switch
James saves Emily’s life and they instantly fall in love. Emily’s father leaves James with a decision that will change his life forever. Michael Vincent (Director, Writer, Producer, Editor), Chadd Harbold (Producer, Cinematographer), Jenn Wexler (Producer).
Out of My Hand
A struggling Liberian rubber plantation worker risks family, hearth and home to discover a new life as a Yellow Cab driver in New York City. Takeshi Fukunaga (Director, Writer, Editor), Donari Braxton (Producer, Writer), Owen Donovan (Director of Photography).
Soon after a young man moves to rural Virginia, he finds that life in Appalachia can be more savage than the world he left behind. Fellows: Cameron Nelson (Writer, Director, Producer, Editor), Courtney Ware (Producer).
Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Songs My Brothers Taught Me explores the unique world of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation through the eyes of Jashaun, a young spirited Lakota girl, whose faith in her family and community is tested when her brother Johnny threatens to leave the only place they’ve ever known. Chloé Zhao (Writer, Director, Producer), Mollye Asher (Producer), Umar Riaz (Editor).
Take Me to the River
A teenager’s plan to come out at his family reunion gets derailed when a bloodstain on his cousin’s dress makes him the suspect of abuse. Fellows: Matt Sobel (Writer, Director, Producer).
A young painter is torn between a lifelong obsession with his infamous best friend and a promising new romance with an older, foreign pianist. Fellows: Joey Kuhn (Writer, Director, Producer), Kimberly Parker (Producer), Sarah Perlman Bremner (Producer), Desiree Akhavan (Editor).
Two unlikely computer prodigies must team up to discover the truth behind their mutual friend’s mysterious suicide – leading them down a dangerous and revelatory path. Fellows: Carleton Ranney (Writer, Director), Rebecca Rose Perkins (Producer), Joe Stankus (Producer). Austin, TX.