At a free panel during the 54th New York Film Festival sponsored by HBO and Kodak, the folks at IndieWire celebrated their 20th anniversary with a wide-reaching discussing about independent film with Rose McGowan, Ellen Kuras, Steve James, Ira Sachs, and Roger Ross Williams.
Independent filmmakers are working harder than ever to sustain their work. For 20 years, IndieWire has tracked the efforts of artists in the film community as they have evolved their careers on their own terms. To mark this anniversary, IndieWire has assembled a panel of several influential filmmakers whose work has made an impact. We’ll hear from them about the biggest challenges they face as they continue to pursue the stories they want to tell—and what gives them hope for the future. Panelists include Rose McGowan (Dawn), cinematographer Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Abacus: To Small to Jail), Ira Sachs (Little Men), and Roger Ross Williams (Life Animated).
The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The five-person selection committee is chaired by New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones and includes esteemed critics, curators, and programmers.
Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has brought new and important cinematic works from around the world to Lincoln Center. In addition to the Main Slate official selections, the festival includes newly restored classics, special events, filmmaker talks, panel discussions, an Avant-Garde showcase, and much more.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.