IFILM@IFC Debuts On Independent Film Channel

Weekly Entertainment News Program Highlights Independent Film in Theaters and on the Internet

26 Episode Series Premiers on IFC
Monday, April 2, 2001 AT 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT

IFILM@IFC, a co-production of The Independent Film Channel (IFC) and IFILM will premiere on IFC beginning Monday, April 2 at 8:00PM ET/5:00PM PT. An initial run of 26 episodes will air weekly on Monday evenings. The half-hour entertainment news program is the discriminating film enthusiast’s ultimate guide to the world of independent film both in current release and on the Internet. Cindy Vandor is the show’s supervising producer. Executive producers are Caroline Kaplan and Alison Palmer Bourke for IFC, and Kevin Wendle for IFILM.

“The world of independent film is a prime example of how traditional entertainment is successfully converging with new technology,” said Frances Berwick, IFC’s Senior Vice President, Programming and Production. “IFILM@IFC will profile, in an entertaining way, the talented personalities at the forefront of these creative new ventures.”

“IFILM delivers comprehensive movie information to film fans wherever they want it: online, in print, and now on television,” said Wendle, IFILM CEO. “IFILM@IFC demonstrates IFILM’s commitment to covering the entire film category–from shorts to features, independents to mainstream, and from celebrities to the talent behind the camera.”

IFILM@IFC is an entertaining and informative look at the world of independent film. Each 30-minute episode will feature interviews with the actors, directors, screenwriters, and producers who are expanding the boundaries of the genre by combining their vision and talent with the latest technology. Regular segments will include: First Look, a preview of upcoming indie film releases; Indie Insider, focusing on new trends and hot up-and-comers; Ask The Actor where fans on the street ask questions of their favorite indie personalities; Jesse Jacobs’ Full Screen which features IFILM’s own Web connoisseur covering indie film Websites and Web movies; IFILM of the Week, which highlights original Web films; and Yahoo! Movies Quiz invites viewers to test their indie film knowledge. The IFILM@IFC programs is produced by IFILM in Los Angeles and shot at their headquarters in Hollywood, CA.

The Independent Film Channel (IFC), managed and operated by Bravo Networks, is the first and most widely distributed channel dedicated to independent film presented 24 hours a day, uncut and commercial-free. IFC Entertainment, a division of IFC, consists of IFC Productions, a feature film production company; IFC Films, a theatrical film distribution company; Next Wave Films, established to provide finishing funds and other vital support to emerging filmmakers; and IFC Originals, which produces cutting-edge original programming for the network. In addition, IFC Productions recently launched InDigEnt, an initiative that helps established filmmakers shoot productions on digital video for the big screen.

IFILM (www.IFILM.com) is the place to find and watch movies on the Internet. IFILM is also the place to find everything about film–from authoritative editorial columns, news, and reviews to a searchable directory featuring titles by category and genre. IFILM offers consumers over 15,000 short and feature movies–the largest on-demand library available online. And through partnerships with AMC Theatres, TiVo, Yahoo!, and the Independent Film Channel, IFILM delivers filmmakers a global audience of passionate film enthusiasts. In April 2001, IFILM debuts its upcoming television show, IFILM@IFC. IFILM offers entertainment industry professionals online market research at IFILM/OTX (otx.ifilm.com), and essential data, trade books and directories–including the renowned Hollywood Creative Directory–through IFILMpublishing. IFILM is a privately-held company based in Hollywood, Ca. with investors that include Axiom Ventures, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Liberty Digital, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Vulcan Ventures, Inc., and Yahoo!.


Bill Brennan, IFC


Elektra Gray, IFC


Melissa Zukerman, IFILM