“Brinkley Story,” “500 Years” among IFP Project Forum slate

Tony Gerber's American Warlord, Penny Lane's NUTS! The Brinkley Story and Pamela Yates' 500 Years (pictured) are among 133 film projects selected for the IFP's Project Forum in New York.
July 25, 2014

Tony Gerber’s American Warlord and Pamela Yates’ 500 Years (pictured) are among 133 film projects selected for The Independent Filmmaker Project’s Project Forum, taking place during the 36th edition of Independent Film Week in New York.

The event – which runs from September 14 to 18 – connects creatives with financiers, executives and decision-makers in film, television, new media and cross-platform storytelling, who can assist in completing their projects.

This year’s slate of films includes 50 documentary features in various stages of production – ranging from an early financing stage to those nearing completion – from both emerging and established documentarians.

The batch includes Gerber’s American Warlord, on Liberian leader Charles Taylor’s American-born son; Yates’ 500 years, about the first trial in history tackling the genocide of indigenous peoples in the U.S.; and Penny Lane’s NUTS! The Brinkley Story, about scientist John Romulus Brinkley, who tried to cure impotence in 1917.

This year’s Forum features an event split between documentary and narrative features, and will also include web series in it programming, as well as a spotlight on Latin and Central American artists and content. In addition, IFP and Durga Entertainment have partnered on a US$20,000 filmmaker grant for an IFP alumnus balancing a filmmaking career with parenting.

For the full list of selected projects, please click here.

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