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The journey continues for Postales as the film industry seems to scream, “the sky is falling” in the face of emerging filmmakers who continue to create cinema against all odds to move the hearts and minds of  audiences around the world.

Postales will have it’s Canadian Premiere at the Edmonton Int’l Film Festival. We are excited to screen in Canada as the film only accepts a handful of films. Our fellow IFP Rough Cut Lab Alumni, Ron Eyal and Eleanor Burke, are also screening their film, Stranger Things, at Edmonton.

If you know anyone near by please encourage them to check out Postales and Stranger Things, then please “like” the film on the festival’s page for Postales.

Postales Page for the Edmonton Film Festival


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Congratulations to Stranger Things and The Tested on their festival success at the Woodstock Film Festival.

Stranger Things gets another big congrats for wining a prize at the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival.

Congratulations to the Phasma Ex Machina crew on getting distribution of the film.

Congratulations to Amy Seimetz – the belle of the ball at this year’s Sundance.  Another IFP Alumni from 2009.

The Postales crew is happy to be among the IFP Rough Cut Labs Fellows – Class of 2009.

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Selected as one of only 10 films in the nation, Postales will be represented in IFP’s emerging narrative section during their Independent Film Week market running September 19-23. This is both an incredible honor and opportunity for the Postales team. Check out what one of the film’s producers, PJ Fishwick, has to say about the experience so far…

pj-02 “Its been a great week so far for Postales here at IFP NY Film Week.  There have been so many Film Week events we havent had too much down time.  The conference section of film week has had some really interesting panel discussions about every aspect of producing an independent feature moderated by some of the pillars of the Indie Film making community.  Last night we attended a rooftop films screening of the Emerging Narrative trailers and it was a great feeling to have so many members of the public and the Indie Film community view the Postales trailer. Today the team has been meeting with distributers and financiers all day to talk

about Postales and future of LoFu Productions.

Thanks for putting together such a great week IFP!”

PJ Fishwick,

Producer Postales

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IFP certainly lived up to its stunning reputation this week, as members of the Postales crew and fellow IFP lab felloLeePercy_EditMentorws spent five days collaborating with industry mentors and attending a whirlwind of workshops, all focused toward preparing these fledgling films for life on the film festival circuit, securing distribution and reaching their audience. Talk about a crash course in independent film making! Editing mentor Lee Percy was impressed by many of the choices that Postales’ editors Evan Smith and Josh Hyde had made thus far, and helped them to unlock new areas of the film that will enhance its quality as a fable or tale of young love. Barry Cole, industry music supervisor, was a great resource for information regarding music clearances and licensing. Not only was his advice incredibly level headed and artist friendly, but he also takes the cake for the coolBarry Cole_MusicLicensingest business card all week (a piece of re-purposed cardboard, rubber stamped with his logo and contact information)! Chris Eyre, the director of Smoke Signals, also coined “the preeminent  Native American filmmaker of his time,” added priceless wisdom and insight into what makes a film marketable, how we can maintain the integrity of Postales’ message, and how a working director functions within the context of the film industry. This is indeed a group of people dedicated to fostering new stories, young talent and the new horizon of independent film. Everyone left with a fresh perspective!ChrisEyre_foto

Overall, the Postales team is taking away a new strategy for carrying this film to the finish line and finding itself a home among a varied and eager audience. The next step will be IFP’s Film Week 2009, coming up in September. There we will meet with sales agents, talent agents, film festival programmers, publicists, and production companies; the party has just begun!

Thanks to everyone for an incredible week in NYC, especially IFP Producer and Deputy Director, Amy Dotson, and editor of Filmmaker Magazine, Scott Macaulay, who lead the event this year!

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Variety_logo_green_tmIFP is still a week away, but check out the buzz that’s already in full swing




Filmmaker Magazine


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Check out IFP’s 10 Narrative Lab Fellows for 2009. We are truly honored to share this opportunity with such talented and promising young filmmakers.

Au Pair Kansas

Director: JT O’Neal
Producers: Joan Jerkovich, Catherine A. McCabe & JT O’Neal
Editor: Brad Roszell

Helen, recently widowed, hires Oddmund, a fun-loving Norwegian soccer player, to work as a male au pair in a small town in Kansas and help raise her two boys and work on their bison farm. Featuring Tracy Lords (Zack & Miri Make a Porno, Crybaby) and Spencer Daniels (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

City on a Hill

Director: Amy Seimetz
Producer: Justin Barber
Editor: Adele Romanski

Present and past begin to merge when Paul finds out his old fling and quasi-revolutionary partner committed suicide. From the producers of Medicine for Melancholy, City on a Hill marks the directorial debut of actress Amy Seimetz (Alexander the Last, Wristcutters: A Love Story).

Phasma Ex Machina

Director: Matt Osterman
Producer: Jennifer Kramer
Editor: Matt Osterman

A young man tasked with raising his brother after the death of their parents invents a machine intended to be a conduit to the supernatural.

The Imperialists Are Still Alive!
Director: Zeina Durra
Producer: Vanessa Hope
Editor: Michael Taylor

The Imperialists Are Still Alive! is a film about a woman making her way as an artist in an indifferent and sometimes hostile world. Featuring Élodie Bouchez (The Dreamlife of Angels; Sorry, Haters).

The Myth of Time
Director: Miller “Jaguar X” Koepenick
Producer: Scorpion Hernandez
Editors: Miller “Jaguar X” Koepenick & Scorpion Hernandez

Shot over five years in Guatemala with a diverse cast including over 5,000 extras, the film relates the unwritten chapter of the Popol Vuh (The Mayan Book of Advice), as told through the protagonist’s (The Dark Eyed-One) journey into manhood.

Director: Christina Beck
Producer: Annette Murphy
Editor: Rob Poswell

The debut feature from actresses Christina Beck (Suburbia, Boys Next Door) and Annette Murphy (Star Maps), Perfection chronicles the life of Kristabelle, a woman her thirties living at home with her mother who cuts herself to feel “something”; little does she know that Simon, a sweet, newly sober, British stand up comic is about to show her that her scars can’t scare love away.

Director: Josh Hyde
Producer: Clare Connelly, Dan Fischer, Maxim Holland and PJ Fishwick
Editor: Josh Hyde & Evan Smith

In the streets of Cusco, Peru, the lives of an American businessman and his family become irreversibly intertwined with those of a rural Peruvian family struggling day to day to survive.

Stranger Things
Directors: Ron Eyal & Eleanor Burke
Producer: Ron Eyal & Eleanor Burke
Editors: Ron Eyal & Eleanor Burke

Oona is a young woman faced with the dreadful task of clearing out her dead mother’s home. Returning to the countryside property, Oona discovers a vagrant, Mani, has broken into the house. Their surprising friendship surmounts the disparities between them and offers unexpected hope and strength.

The Tested
Director: Russell Costanzo
Producer: Melissa Miller
Editor: Russell Costanzo & Michael Taylor

One year ago, plain clothes cop, Julian Varone gunned down an unarmed teen. Darralyn Warren, the teen’s mother, has spiraled into a pit of despair, as her other son Dre, flirts with ganglife. As Julian prepares to get back to work, the three find they cannot find closure without each other. Featuring Aunjanue Ellis (The Taking of Pelham 123, True Blood), Nathan Corbett (The Wire), Tobias Truvillion (Brooklyn’s Finest) and Armando Riesco (Che).

Director: David Kabler
Producers: David Kabler, Dan Judson, Mitch Rumfelt & Troy Scott Burnette
Editor: Dan Judson

The Drifter is a train-hopping gutter punk alone in the world, isolated by years of ritual abuse and life on the fringe. He returns to his father’s grave to break the curse that haunts him, where he sees salvation in a beautiful girl who could be his key to freedom.

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