IFP sets slate, date, board for mentor lab


NEW YORK -- IFP has unveiled a new advisory board, date and 10-feature slate for its third annual Narrative Rough Cut Lab, a mentorship program for first-time filmmakers.

The lab will move from September (the month of the IFP Market and Filmmaker's Conference) to June to give filmmakers and mentors more postproduction time before winter and spring festival submission deadlines. It also will expand from three to four days.

The filmmakers on the advisory board include Ted Hope, Warrington Hudlin, St. Claire Bourne, Jacques Thelemaque, Effie Brown, Karin Chien, Janet Pierson and Frances Negron-Muntaner. Sundance's Cara Mertes and BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross also are members.

Among those leading filmmaker lab workshops are composer Mychael Danna; editors Sabine Hoffmann and Kate Williams; film execs Sarah Lash, Dana O'Keefe and Melissa Raddatz; MPAA independent film liaison Scott Young; and journalist Brian Brooks.

This year's 10 narrative projects are Alex Karpovsky's "General Impressions of Size & Shape," Jeffrey Jay Orgill's "Boppin' at the Glue Factory," Georgina Lightning's "Older Than America," Sergio Palacios and Damian Rodriquez's "El Coyote," Junko Kajino and Ed M. Koziarski's "The First Breath of Tengan Rei," Tom Quinn's "The New Year Parade," Jason Cuadrado's "Tales From the Dead," Kevin Ely and Beau Leland's "Rainbow Around the Sun," Chris Bower's "Moon Europa" and Marco Ricci and Michael Canzoniero's "The Marconi Bros."

IFP managing director of programming Amy Dotson, Forensic Films' Scott Macaulay and HDNet Films and Deutsch Open City Films' Gretchen McGowan selected the lineup and will lead the program and serve as mentors.

Michelle Byrd, the organization's executive director, said there was a 30% increase in submissions by female filmmakers and 36% more by filmmakers of color over last year's crop.

IFP will screen two- to three-minute clips from each of the films during the September IFP Market and industry screenings of the lab films next year. The lab will be held today through Friday in New York.