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IFP MN Midwest Filmmaker Conference Explores Innovations In Content Creation and Audience Engagement
Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota presents the 14th annual Midwest Filmmaker Conference (formerly the Producers Conference) in partnership with Minneapolis Community & Technical College on Saturday, May 4, 9am-5pm. The conference, this region's premier independent film industry gathering of the year, takes place in MCTC's Whitney Hall, 3rd Floor, Room L3000, at 1501 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.
Previously announced keynote presenter Lance Weiler, an internationally recognized storyteller, entrepreneur, Sundance Screenwriters Lab alum, and pioneer in combining storytelling with technology kicks off the conference with a talk about the changing landscape of content creation, media consumption, and distribution.
Several other confirmed guests include: producer Marcus Hu, Co-President and Co-Founder of Strand Releasing; Joseph Beyer, Director of Digital Initiatives at Sundance Institute; Mynette Louie, a 2013 Piaget Producers/Independent Spirit Awards recipient whose numerous producing credits include Marshall Lewy's California Solo starring Robert Carlyle (Sundance 2012); Peter Phok, who produced films with Larry Fessenden's production company Glass Eye Pix, the latest being Beneath, directed by Fessenden for Chiller Films; and director/actress Shannah Laumeister, whose award-winning documentary Bert Stern: Original MadMan is being developed into a narrative feature.
Minneapolis artist Andrew Voegtline's Digital Cities, an interactive art experience combining music, film, dance, and smartphone technology, has received the inaugural $50,000 New Media Project Grant. The grant is administered by Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP MN) with funds provided by The McKnight Foundation.
Digital Cities connects the physical and digital worlds of Minneapolis, presenting a curated digital art experience across the city. Using their smartphones' directional orientation and GPS data, viewers will be able to explore, observe, and interact with this digital art as they move about the physical space of the city. "It's kind of like an electronic gallery integrated into our physical landscape," says Voegtline.
IFP MN's Youth Program Director Deacon Warner was recently showed his short documentary honoring Keith Basinski, the UPS driver who was killed in the Accent Signage Shooting. The film sparked much community interest and Deacon was interviewed by 5 TV stations and 4 newspapers.
Congratulations to the finalists in the first-ever round of the New Media Project Grant! At the end of March, one project will be awarded the $50,000 grant.
The finalists and their projects:
BANDLAND, by Bil Sherman
Bandland is a comic book app and web presence about a Minneapolis rock band who strive to make it big in the local scene. Rock videos, and mini-games litter the storyline, and an interactive "zine" bridges online and real world content into Harry, Joey, Franky and Freddy's adventures.
February 19, 2013
IFP Minnesota has named Andrew Peterson as Executive Director after serving 6 months as Interim Executive Director. He will lead the nonprofit media arts organization as it continues to transform to meet the challenges of the evolution in the media arts field.
Announcing $525,000 Support To Minnesota Filmmakers Through Arts Legacy Program
Andy Awes, Patrick Coyle, and William Eigen Selected for Reimbursement Funds
Minnesota filmmakers Andy Awes, Patrick Coyle, and William Eigen have been selected to receive reimbursement from the new film production reimbursement program funded with Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota's Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage (LACH) Production Reimbursement Program, established by Minnesota Film and TV and Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota, is designed to support professional, mid-career filmmakers' feature length narrative or long form documentary projects that align with Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage goals. Eligible projects are those close to the production stage, but have not yet started filming.
The 2012 McKnight Screenwriting and Filmmaking Fellows rocked the house for a standing-room-only crowd at the Open Book on January 9th. Melissa Brandt, Stephen Gurewitz, Matthew Stenerson, and Norah Shapiro presented their work and shared their thoughts in a discussion moderated by producer Christine K. Walker. Proof that filmmaking is alive and well and living in Minnesota!
Minnesota filmmakers Andy Awes, Patrick Coyle, and William Eigen have been selected as finalists for the new film production reimbursement program funded with Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage (LACH) Production Reimbursement Program, established by Minnesota Film and TV and Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota, is designed to support professional, mid-career filmmakers’ feature length narrative or long form documentary projects that are close to the production stage, but have not yet started filming.
More than $500,000 is available to be awarded. A review panel representing film and television professionals, educators, and members of arts organizations from Minnesota selected the projects to be considered for further review.
The LACH Production Reimbursement Program finalists are producing films that align with Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage criteria and also meet specific Program financial criteria.
Maximum reimbursements are $175,000 for narrative features and $125,000 for documentaries. Further review will take place in the next two months and up to three awards will be announced in February 2013.
Noted Minnesota filmmaker Craig Laurence Rice is the Program Administrator.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
In celebration of our 25th Anniversary and seven years of photography shows at IFP, we are planning the biggest members photo show ever. In The Photographers Show we will try to include all submissions by showing the works salon style in expanded exhibit space.
IFP welcomes and encourages all members to submit work to The Photographers Show and especially invites those who have not previously been exhibited. Has your IFP membership lapsed, or perhaps you just never got around to joining–but you want to submit your work to The Photographers Show? No problem. You can renew or sign up as a new member (at any level appropriate for you) online now or when you drop off your artwork.
Questions? Contact Vance Gellert at email@example.com
IFP MN's Professional Development presentation December 10th at Crooked Pint Ale House was a huge success. More than 60 media artists braved the cold to gain much insight to the ever-changing concept of new media (aka transmedia, cross-platform media, crossmedia, immersive media). Panelists included Devin Halden, Lorie Marsh, Matt Osterman, Mark Steele, and Meghan Wilker with moderation provided by IFP McKnight Programs Administrator Lu Lippold.