IFP Screen Forward Lab Showcase

Wednesday Sep 21, 2016
7:00PMDoors Open
7:30PMLive Music
8:00PmFilms Begin
This is a free event

Seating is first-come first-served

Brooklyn Bridge Park
(Pier 1)
Enter at Old Fulton and Furman Streets
Old Fulton and Furman Streets, Brooklyn, NY 11201
A,C to High Street, F to York Street, 23 to Clark Street, R to Court Street, or 2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall


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For the first time, the IFP Screen Forward Labs Showcase gives audiences a first look at 20 exciting new television and webseries, before their broadcast premieres.


195 Lewis (Chanelle Pearson)
"195 Lewis" follows what happens when a black, lesbian couple decides to open up their relationship, all set in a rarely seen slice of Brooklyn.

The Animated Mind of Oliver Sacks (Dempsey Rice)
"The Animated Mind of Oliver Sacks" is a series of short documentaries that illuminates 10 years of extraordinary conversations with author/neurologist Oliver Sacks, M.D.

Awkward Celebrity Encounters (Caveh Zahedi)
Awkward Celebrity Encounters" is an animated web series, produced and directed by independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi, consisting of crowd-sourced stories of awkward celebrity encounters.

Breeding Grounds (Susan Skoog)
In an economically diverse suburb, this darkly comedic series exposes what is behind the slights, insults, and bad behavior mothers perpetrate on each other as they attempt to raise their kids.

Butch & Nellie Take the Rap Game (Conor Fetting-Smith)
Butch & Nellie want to become the first gay rap duo to win America's # 1 TV singing competition, but wait... what time is it?!?

Chinafornia (Ellie Lee)
Unable to pay the $10 trillion it owes to China, the U.S. comes up with a plan: it gives China the state of California.

The Come Up (Ari Issler)
The Come Up focuses on the gatekeepers of NYC’s nightlife and each episode opens and closes at our characters’ office – the doors to the hottest nightspots in the city.

Diana and the Cake Boys (Erica Milsom)
The lives of the residents of a group home for adults with intellectual disabilities are thrown into a tumult with the arrival of an intriguing new housemate, Diana, whose exuberant take on life disrupts their predictable existence.

The God Phone (Dean Marcial)
A down-and-out infomercial pitchman accidentally discovers the ultimate "As Seen on TV" device.

A History of the Middle East (Susan Youssef)
Upon losing her home in the 2011 uprising, a Syrian woman goes back in time and into the future to remake history through dance.

In Reality (Ann Lupo, Esteban Pedraza, and Aaron Pryka)
Ann, an average brunette with a wild imagination, takes you on a journey through her mind as she investigates an experience with unrequited love.

Jealous Dad (Bill Scurry)
Written by Matt Evans and Christine Walters
"Jealous Dad" is a scripted comedy series about a struggling actor who is jealous of his 7-year-old son's budding acting career.

Kissing Walls (Zak Payne)
Ambitious friends on the verge of “making it” must endure soul-sucking day jobs while navigating a sticky dating scene in one of Chicago’s fading gayborhoods.

Namaste, Bitches (Summer Chastant)
"Namaste, Bitches" is an original comedic series about the underbelly of the yoga world, created by Summer Chastant.

Newtopia (Taylor Cohan)
A babysitter loses the boy she's watching inside a virtual reality game.

On The Lig (Niall McKay)
Dara and his friends, transplants from Ireland, "lig" or “sponge” their way through New York to sustain their artistic careers and their stomachs.

The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (Nancy Andrews)
Drowning scientist, Sheri Myes, discovers a Black Atlantis, inhabited by castoff slaves who unlock her superpowers for a mission to return them to the Aboveworld.

Stream No Evil (Scott Schuler)
A short-form horror series about a technology-obsessed millennial who's stalked by a creature only visible through his iPhone.

Zero Point (Gregory Bayne)
Consumed by the strange and abrupt death of her son, a woman investigates the cause of a mysterious disease that she alone believes threatens to wipe out an entire generation.


Laser Background
Laser Background hails from Philadelphia but sounds more like a lo-fi mermaid's psychotropic daydream. The brainchild of Andy Molholt, Laser Background has spent the past 3 years opening for national touring acts like Mac Demarco & Here We Go Magic, touring the US, and releasing strange & fantastic videos, like the three song montage for 2015's Kelly Wisdom. On his new LP Correct, Molholt further unravels the sonic envelope, hinting at influence from the likes of Syd Barrett & Koji Kondo while simultaneously looking forward towards the murky horizon of human existence.

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