Short Film Program

IFP Labs Showcase

Hosted annually during IFP Film Week, the IFP Filmmaker Labs Showcase gives audiences a first look at 19 exciting new feature films, before their festival premieres.

Wed Sep 20 7:00 PM

The Films

The Labs Showcase gives audiences a first look at exciting new films, before their festival premieres. This outdoor screening features excerpts from the nine Narrative and ten Documentary films from the emerging talent of the 2017 IFP Labs, the nation’s only program that supports diverse feature filmmakers when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their first features.

American Thief

Miguel Silveira | USA | 4

A teen hacker seeking revenge for his father’s murder stumbles upon a world of violence, dirty politics, and international espionage that he may never be able to escape.


Mark Blane and Ben Mankoff | USA | 4

A depressed and unfocused Brooklyn babysitter finds self-discipline and his artistic calling in the arms of a male dominatrix who appears thanks to a psychedelic cupcake.

Dead Pigs

Cathy Yan | USA, China | 4

A bumbling pig farmer, a feisty salon owner, a sensitive busboy, an ambitious expat architect and a disenchanted rich girl converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs float down the river towards a rapidly modernizing Shanghai. Based on true events.

The Garden Left Behind

Flavio Alves | USA | 4

A Mexican trans woman struggles to build a life for herself as an undocumented immigrant in New York City.


Z Behl | USA, Italy | 4

A frustrated female carpenter paints her entire body with woodgrain, transforming herself into Pinocchio, a wildly destructive creature, who wreaks havoc on the town.


Nijla Mu’min | USA | 4

A shape-shifting, pepperoni- loving, black teenage Instagram celebrity converts to Islam. Here’s what happens.

Jules of Light and Dark

Daniel Laabs | USA | 4

A young woman, Maya, struggles to rebuild her life after surviving a devastating car wreck with her girlfriend. The two are found and rescued by an oil worker, Freddy, who forges an unlikely friendship with Maya in this Texas-set drama.

Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time

Ben Hicks | USA | 4

A young couple is moving from country to country in search of adventure and purpose. Until an incident forces them to come to terms with the relationship problems they've had for years.

The Third Wife

Ash Mayfair | USA, Vietnam | 4

19th century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is ready to become the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Little did she know that her hidden desires will take her by surprise and force her to make a choice between living in safety and being free.

The Area

David Schalliol | USA | 4

On the South Side of Chicago, an activist and a former gang member negotiate the meaning of community as a rail yard engulfs their neighborhood.


Lucas Millard and Kate Stryker | Nepal | 4

Deep in the Himalayan mountains the first road is coming, and this new highway to China will forever change Nepali village life.

¡Las Sandinistas!

Jenny Murray | USA | 4

¡Las Sandinistas! uncovers the disappearing stories of women who shattered barriers to lead combat and social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution.

Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window

Andrew Hevia | USA | 4

A broken-hearted filmmaker navigates an unfamiliar city, an international art fair and his own emotional turmoil in this dark, playful and unexpectedly comedic documentary.

Personal Statement

Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez | USA | 4

Three Brooklyn public school seniors overcome considerable challenges to get themselves and their classmates to college.

A Photographic Memory

Rachel Elizabeth Seed | USA | 4

A daughter attempts to piece together a portrait of her mother, a woman she never knew, through their shared passion for photography.

Shadow of His Wings

Lucas Habte | Ethiopia, France | 4

In Addis Ababa, a young filmmaker falls in love with an Ethiopian man who flees homophobic death threats to become France’s first Ethiopian LGBT refugee.


Sandi Tan | USA | 4

In 1992, a mysterious American shot Singapore’s first indie… then stole the footage! 20 years later, the reels are found in New Orleans: What now?


Gabriel Silverman | USA | 4

With transgender service in the U.S. military banned, four transgender troops risk discharge by fighting to attain the freedom they so fiercely protect.

We Are Not Princesses

Bridgette Auger | Beirut | 4

Antigone, the ancient Greek heroine, ignites the spirits of a group of Syrian women living in Beirut’s refugee camps.



Crumb is a collaboration between four friends (Lila Ramani – vocals/guitar, Jesse Brotter – bass, Jonathan Gilad – drums, Brian Aronow –synth/keys/reeds). Their sound is best-described as intimate, soulful, and psychedelic. Founded in Boston and based in Brooklyn, the group released their debut self-titled EP in September 2016, and the music video for “Bones” in February 2017. Earlier this summer, Crumb completed their first national tour, in support of their sophomore EP, Locket. They will be touring with Alex G this fall.

Event Details

7:00 PM
Doors Open
7:30 PM
Live Music by Crumb
8:00 PM
Film Begins
10:30 PM
Filmmaker Meet-and-Greet
11:00 PM
After-Party Sponsored by Freixenet, Tanqueray, and Fever-Tree Tonic
This event is free with an RSVP. Seating is first come, first served. In the event of rain show will be held indoors at the same location. No outside alcohol is permitted.


The William Vale

111 N 12th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249

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