Originally posted on Variety:
In a season of renewed cinematic creativity and vigor in American indie film, as evidenced by a wide array of titles both in and out of the Hamptons Intl. Film Fest, nowhere is that vitality more pronounced than in the New York indie film scene. Such world-renowned New York filmmakers as Noah Baumbach, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee continue making exciting films, while the Coen brothers’ latest, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” serves as a virtual ode to the city’s famed Greenwich Village music scene of the early ’60s.
In light of Gotham’s past two decades as a hotbed of filmmaking talent and its newest developments, which include this month’s opening of the IFP/Made in NY Media Center (pictured above), the Hamptons film fest is hosting a panel discussion, New York Indies: Rewind & Fast Forward, with several Gotham-based filmmakers who have seen the scene struggle, rise and produce dozens of America’s most important recent cinematic works. It’s part of the festival’s Rowdy Talks at Rowdy Hall.
One of the members of the panel, IFP executive director Joana Vicente, has been an integral part of the New York film community for most of that journey. Having worked on Todd Solondz’s breakthrough film “Welcome to the Dollhouse” in 1995, Vicente describes the scene of that period as “booming with small specialty production companies like Good Machine and Killer Films and the Shooting Gallery.”