Mark Boxer Named Executive Vice President, Sales and Distribution
Lauren Schwartz Named Senior Vice President, Publicity and Promotions
NEW YORK, NY, June 14, 2017 – IFC Films Co-Presidents, Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, today announced promotions for two key members of their executive team: Mark Boxer has been elevated to Executive Vice President of Sales and Distribution, and Lauren Schwartz has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Publicity and Promotions.
“We’re proud to acknowledge the hard work and expertise of Mark and Lauren with these well-deserved promotions,” said Sehring and Schwartz. “They have been integral to establishing IFC Films’ reputation as a curator of outstanding independent cinema and a trusted and experienced partner to emerging and established talent.”
Long-time IFC Films executive Mark Boxer oversees theatrical, non-theatrical and Canadian distribution of all IFC Films, as well as titles distributed under the Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight distribution labels. Boxer has been the key architect behind the distribution strategy and release of the company’s biggest films, including most recent releases WAKEFIELD starring Bryan Cranston and CHUCK starring Liev Schreiber and Elisabeth Moss; critical hit PERSONAL SHOPPER with Kristen Stewart; the Oscar® winning BOYHOOD; Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP series; and Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s award-winning documentary, WEINER. Prior to joining IFC Films, Boxer worked for Artisan Entertainment covering Central and East Coast film distribution and sales for over 50 markets. Collaborating closely with Sehring and Schwartz, Boxer helped revolutionize independent film distribution by pioneering the day and date model to theatre exhibitors.
As head of publicity and promotions for IFC Films, Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, Lauren Schwartz has been responsible for creating and executing promotional campaigns that have resulted in wide critical acclaim and prestigious awards for a broad range of films, including the Oscar® nominated 45 YEARS, with Charlotte Rampling; Oscar® and Golden Globe® winning BOYHOOD; Oscar® nominated FINDING VIVIAN MAIER; and Cannes Palme d’Or winner I, DANIEL BLAKE. Prior to joining IFC Films, Schwartz was Publicity Director for Oscilloscope Laboratories, where she managed the publicity for all theatrical releases, including the multiple Oscar® nominated THE MESSENGER.
Coming off its most successful year in its history, IFC Films’ most recent releases include critically acclaimed PERSONAL SHOPPER starring Kristen Stewart and directed by Olivier Assayas; CHUCK, the real-life inspiration for Rocky Balboa; and WAKEFIELD, starring Bryan Cranston, where he was hailed by The Hollywood Reporter for delivering a “tour de force performance.”
About IFC Films
Heading into its 20th year, IFC Films is a leading US distributor of quality talent-driven independent film. Upcoming releases include WAKEFIELD starring Bryan Cranston, BANDAID from Zoe Lister-Jones, and the third installment of Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP series, THE TRIP TO SPAIN starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Notable past releases have included Olivier Assayas’ PERSONAL SHOPPER starring Kristen Stewart; Richard Linklater’s Oscar-winning BOYHOOD starring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke; Joel Zwick’s MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING; Michael Moore’s FAHRENHEIT 9/11; Lena Dunham’s TINY FURNITURE; Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA; and Alfonso Cuaron’s Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN. IFC Films and sister labels Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, are owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. Sundance Selects is a leading distributor of prestige films such as 2016 Cannes Film Festival Palm d’Or winner I, DANIEL BLAKE; Josh Kriegman and Elyse Sternberg’s Sundance Documentary grand jury prize winner WEINER; Andrew Haigh’s Oscar-nominated 45 YEARS, and Olivier Assayas’ CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, starring Juliette Binoche and Kirsten Stewart. IFC Midnight is a leading distributor of genre entertainment including horror, science fiction, thrillers, erotic art house, action and more. Notable IFC Midnight titles include Tom Six’s controversial horror trilogy THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE; Johnnie To’s Hong Kong revenge thriller VENGEANCE; and the award-winning hit THE BABADOOK.
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