Friday, August 15, 2008

IFP No Borders selects 37 projects for co-production market

A highlight of New York's Independent Film Week, the IFP has announced 37 projects for the 14th No Borders International Co-Production Market, one of three sections of the org's Project Forum held Sept 14-19.

No Borders' alumni include Courtney Hunt's Sundance-winning "Frozen River," Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden's "Half Nelson,' Joshua Marston's "Maria Full of Grace," and Miranda July's "Me and You and Everyone We Know." 
Notables this year are:

HOWL – A biopic of revolutionary beat poet Allen Ginsberg starring James FrancoMary-Louise Parker, and David Duchovny; written and directed by Academy Award winners Epstein and Friedman; executive produced by Gus Van Sant

KHUMBA – No Borders' first fully animated project, KHUMBA, is set in South Africa and tells the story of a half-striped zebra who is first ousted and then saves his herd.

- A grief-stricken Japanese ice-carver mourning the death of his only child makes an unexpected connection with a struggling cabaret singer played by Maria Bello. 

MEN – Alan Cumming and Lukas Haas star in a contemporary American adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's classic La Ronde directed by Broadway helmer Chris Ashley (XANADU) 

LOU – John Hurt stars as a man with Alzheimer's disease who builds an unexpected relationship with his granddaughter. 

THE NIGHTINGALE - A highly-charged contemporary political thriller set in present day Iran directed by Mark Bamford (CAPE OF GOOD HOPE).

IFP has unveiled the 37 projects selected for the No Borders International Co-Production Market that will take place during the 30th Annual Independent Film Week, set to run in New York from September 14-19.

Now in its 14th year, No Borders is designed to connect US and international narrative projects at script stage with financiers and buyers.

Projects for the upcoming session include Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein's Allen Ginsberg biopic Howl starring James Franco, Mary-Louise Parker and David Duchovny; No Border's first fully animated project Khumba; Alan Cumming and Lukas Haas in Men, an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde; and the Alzheimer's drama Lou starring John Hurt.

'No Borders has become one of the great success stories of IFP's first 30 years,' IFP executive director Michelle Byrd said. 'Since 2004, when the programme became restricted to narrative projects, we've had 151 projects take part in a record-setting 1,688 financing meetings. The efficiency and impact of the programme has grown dramatically since inception.'

Projects that have benefited from No Borders include the upcoming Weinstein/Miramax release of Stephen Frears' Cheri, Courtney Hunt's current hot ticket Frozen River, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's Half Nelson, Joshua Marston's Maria Full Of Grace and Miranda July's Me And You And Everyone We Know.

13 August, 2008 | By Jeremy Kay

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