IFP announces projects for No Borders

The seventh No Borders Coproduction Market hopes to facilitate funding for indie projects with promising futures in the international market.
August 2, 2001

The Independent Feature Project (IFP) has unveiled the 35 projects chosen to participate in this year’s No Borders Coproduction Market. The market – created in 1995 to bring together independent producers with buyers, investors and agents – will take place at New York’s Tribeca Grand Hotel from September 30 to October 4, 2001. Organizations attending include the U.K.’s Film Council, German film fund Filmstiftung Nordrhien-Westfalen, and Telefilm Canada.

‘No Borders aspires to bring together a slate of projects each year which the IFP believes stand a fighting chance in the international arena,’ said IFP exec director Michelle Byrd, in a prepared statement. Projects jockeying for cash this year include 12 documentary works-in-progress, 10 American scripts, and 13 international scripts.

Among No Borders’ past success stories are Josh Aronson’s Sound and Fury (2000) and On the Ropes (1999) by Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen, both of which were nominated for an Oscar.

Docs presenting at this year’s No Borders:

Peter Friedman and Roger Manley’s Beyond Belief: The Meaning and Power of Things aims to reveal belief as the fundamental building block of the mind.

The Big Smoke by Jennifer Craig Stanley, looks at the secret world surrounding the art, craft and tradition of opium.

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin chronicles the life of the key political activist who is best known for organizing the 1963 March on Washington only to be silenced, imprisoned and fired for daring to live as an openly gay man. Produced and directed by Nancy Kates.

Simone Di Bagno traces the struggle for democracy in Burma through the eyes of a young woman in Burma, The Unending Struggle.

Cambodian-American musician Arn Chorn Pond’s journey of personal recovery and cultural survival in the aftermath of war is explored in director Jocelyn Glazer and producer Christine Courtney’s film Flute in the Storm.

Freedom Writers tells the story of a young female teacher who makes a difference in the lives of problem students by teaching them Holocaust history. From siblings Roko and Adrian Belic.

Director Jessica Yu’s In the Realms of the Unreal explores the visions and life of artist Henry Darger.

Accompanied by a soundtrack by Tom Waits, Long Gone chronicles the intertwining lives of six contemporary rail riding vagrants over a period of five years. From David Eberhardt and Jack Cahill.

La Lupe, by Ela Troyano, documents the life of the legendary black Cuban-born pop singer from childhood poverty, through her rise to success in 1950s Havana, to her emergence as the queen of latin soul music in New York in the 1960s.

Executive producer Jonathan Stack’s doc short No Escape: Prison Rape in America investigates sexual assault within the American prison system.

In Stone Reader, filmmaker Mark Moskowitz sets out to find the writer of a novel he bought in 1972 to learn why the book disappeared. As he searches, the film reveals the singular relationship between reader and writer and explores the bond literature creates among people.

Director Katrina Browne’s New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in early America. Traces of the Trade follows Browne and her fellow descendants to Rhode Island, Ghana and Cuba as they retrace the Triangle Trade to uncover a family’s past and grapple with slavery’s contemporary legacy. Produced by Jude Ray.

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