By Lance Weiler, September 19th, 2009

Tomorrow IFP’s annual Independent Film Week and Filmmaker Conference kicks off with 5 days of keynotes, panels, meetings and screenings. The following are a few highlights from the upcoming program. To see the full program visit Ana Domb will be on hand to cover the activities for WBP so check back for updates.

Paying the Bills – Sustaining Your Film Career
How do you make a living as an independent filmmaker? Hear talented filmmakers in different levels of their careers discuss their day jobs, and how they carve out time and money to make their personal work.

Esther Robinson, Filmmaker/Journalist – Filmmaker Magazine, Thatgrl Media – A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and The Warhol Factory

Tze Chun, Writer/Director – The Complications – Children of Invention
Jesse Epstein, Filmmaker – New Day Films – Wet Dreams and False Images
Reva Goldberg, Communications and Fellowships Manager – Cinereach
Rose Troche, Writer/Director – Go Fish, The Safety of Objects

The Times, They Are A-Changin
Join respected independent film pioneers along with a new guard of thinkers who are diversifying the industry through their approach to both the art and business of independent cinema.

Ted Hope, Partner/Founder/Producer – This is That – 21 Grams, Adventureland
Christine Vachon, Principal – Killer Films – One Hour Photo Boys Don’t Cry, I’m Not There
Lance Weiler, Writer/Director – The Workbook Project
Kenneth Woo, Co-Founder – Massify

The Good Pitch is a pitching forum with a difference borne out of the conviction that documentary is a powerful tool for creating social change.

The Good Pitch is a unique opportunity for a selected group of filmmakers to pitch both their film and its associated outreach campaign to an invited audience of participants, comprising foundations, NGOs,
campaigners, advertising agencies, brands and media in order to maximize its impact.

The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation is delighted to announce that it is partnering with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program in 2009 to take the Good Pitch on its first North American tour.  After editions at Hot Docs in April and Silverdocs in June, The Good Pitch will be making its final stop at IFP’s Independent Film Week, in New York City, September 24, 2009.

After an open submission process, eight projects will be selected to pitch in New York. Please note: Application
to and consideration for The Good Pitch at Independent Film Week is a completely separate process from IFP’s Project Forum selection process.

The State of Distribution – The Current & Future Indie Model
The paradigm for independent filmmaking and distribution is at an important crossroads as industry leaders look to new digital and financial models. Learn how filmmakers can use this changing landscape to their advantage and how new opportunities in distribution are changing the ways films are bought, sold and produced.

Scott Macaulay, Editor-in-Chief – Filmmaker Magazine

Paola Freccero, President of Distribution – B Side Entertainment
Jon Reiss, Director – Bomb It
Jonathan Sehring, President – IFC Entertainment
Mark Urman, President/Owner – Paladin

Special Book signing after the panel
Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution and Marketing for the Digital Era
Written by Jon Reiss, October 2009
No longer can filmmakers expect someone to come and take their film off their hands and guarantee them a release. In Think Outside the Box Office, pioneering filmmaker and author Jon Reiss introduces a new hybrid distribution model utilizing the best of the old world and new world distribution and marketing techniques providing a systematic, step by step approach to monetizing your film.

The Next Wave of Distribution
Join a panel of filmmakers, distributors and film exhibitionist who are thinking outside the box about new ways of getting films out to audiences. Find out how this “next wave” is effectively implementing their cutting edge ideas from new models in exhibition to varied forms of DIY and digital distribution.

Eugene Hernandez, Editor – IndieWire

Jake Abraham, Executive Producer – Dandelion – Lovely By Surprise
Orly Ravid, Co-President – New American Vision
Todd Sklar, President – Range Life Entertainment
Mark Lipsky, President – Gigantic Digital Cinema

Crowdsourcing: Building Fans, Bloggers, & Press Allies
From the start of a new project, filmmakers are bringing in audiences, press, fans, and friends to help shape their content and build word-of-mouth. Find out how to increase and retain viewers using new technology and strategic web building – and why doing so sooner rather than later is critical to getting your latest project noticed.

Ingrid Kopp, Director – U.S. Shooting People

Slava Rubin, Co-Founder –
Bladimiar Norman, Head of Digital Marketing & Communications – 42West
Asiel Norton, Writer/Director – Redland
Alex Johnson, Co-Founder WBP Labs and Co-Creator of RADAR

IFP Independent Filmmaker Lab Showcase
Free outdoor public screening of excerpts from the 20 projects from IFP’s 2009 documentary and narrative labs.

Location: Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, near the East River and Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn

Beijing Taxi Directed by Miao Wang
Casino Nation Directed by Laure Sullivan, Paul Wilson, and Terry Jones
An Interview with Simone Weil Directed by Julia Haslett
Land of Opportunity Directed by Luisa Dantas
Our House Directed by Greg King and David Teague
Paul Goodman Changed My Life Directed by Jonathan Lee
The Road to Nasiriyah Directed by Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton
Texas Heart Directed by Treva Wurmfeld
Twelve Ways to Sunday Directed by Anna Farrell
War Don Don Directed by Rebecca Richman Cohen

Au Pair, Kansas Directed by JT O’Neal
City on a Hill Directed by Amy Seimetz
The Imperialists Are Still Alive! Directed by Zeina Durra
The Myth of Time Directed by Miller “Jaguar X.” Koepenick
Perfection Directed by Christina Beck
Phasma Ex Machina Directed by Matt Osterman
Postales Directed by Josh Hyde
Stranger Things Directed by Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal
The Tested Directed by Russell Costanzo
Wanderlost Directed by David Kabler

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Lance Weiler is the founder of the WorkBook Project and also a story architect of film, tv and games. He's written and directed two feature films THE LAST BROADCAST and HEAD TRAUMA. He's currently developing a number of transmedia projects.


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