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THE FELLOWSHIP
 

Undergraduate college seniors, graduate students in their final year and recent graduates in their first post-graduate year will be chosen in a rigorous application process starting Spring 2017.
 
Starting in September, the four fellows will meet with Marcie one a month at Marcie's Upper West Side apartment where she has entertained her friends and colleagues these past years. The monthly guests range from leading independent directors, producers, actors, film critics, sales agents and distributors. Interested in discussing the industry and it's emerging trends from every angle, we choose guests that have unique and active perspectives on independent filmmaking. In addition, the Fellows will gain insight on entering the film world and launching their own creative projects, be it as writers, directors or producers.
 
Fellows will be guided towards independent film projects and tracked into jobs and opportunities in line with their individual interests.

MARCIE BLOOM, former Co-President of Sony Pictures Classics and partner of Orion Classics, has formed alongside IFP (Independent Feature Project) The IFP-Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film. The first of its kind, The IFP-Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film is a New York-based mentoring program designed to introduce up to four college seniors and recent graduates each year to the world in which Marcie has become an integral figure and has helped define over the past twenty years.

Up to four people will be chosen in a rigorous application process. Students will be personally selected by Marcie and an admissions panel (an assortment of respected film professionals). During their fellowship year (starting in September 2017), the Fellows will meet with Marcie once a month at her Upper West Side apartment. These monthly gatherings (eight to ten in total) will involve guests (directors, writers, distribution professionals, producers, festival programmers, etc.) and general community building. In addition, the Fellowship will provide support and direction for the young people entering the film world.

Along with the highly prized networking opportunities the Fellowship will provide, it will also allow the Fellows to more precisely define their particular areas of interest within the film industry - be it development, screenwriting, production, distribution, advertising, marketing or publicity - in an intimate, creative and supportive environment. If possible, Fellows will be tracked into independent film projects, internships or entry-level positions (depending on their previous experience) at a wide range of New York film companies and organizations.

Marcie’s introduction to and immersion in the film industry began with a college internship at The Film Society of Lincoln Center during the summer of 1978, where she learned to spell, and more importantly, pronounce, names such as Pedro Almodovar, Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Agnieszka Holland, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Istvan Szabo, Louis Malle, Eric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette, Maria Luisa Bemberg, Atom Egoyan, Luc Besson, Claire Denis and Nikita Mikhalkov. Over time she worked with every one of these directors.

Says Marcie: “I always dreamt of a career where I would have a reason to be around talented, creative people without being just a ‘groupie.’ “I see this as a way of ‘giving back’ to a community which has been extremely kind and generous to me, and supportive of me for a long time.” Following her graduation from Cornell University in 1979, she returned to Lincoln Center, where she ultimately became the Film Coordinator of the annual New York Film Festival.

In the spring of 1984, Marcie became Director of Publicity at Triumph Films, a partnership between Columbia Pictures and Gaumont, the legendary French production, distribution and exhibition giant responsible for films such as Francesco Rosi’s BIZET’S CARMEN, Luc Besson’s LE DERNIER COMBAT and Wolfgang Petersen’s DAS BOOT. Marcie continued in publicity at the firm of Smith and Siegal, where she met her own mentor, Lois Smith, and began her long and ongoing relationship with then-Orion Classics partners Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. Among the many Orion Classics projects in which Marcie was involved were Stephen Frears’ MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE, Louis Malle’s AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS, Pedro Almodovar’s WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, Akira Kurosawa’s RAN, Bruno Nuytten’s CAMILLE CLAUDEL, Richard Linklater’s SLACKER, Jim Jarmusch’s MYSTERY TRAIN, Claude Berri’s JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING, and Gabriel Axel’s Oscar-winning BABETTE’S FEAST, for which she conceived and executed the “see the movie, eat the meal” campaign.

Marcie continued in publicity by moving with Lois Smith to PMK Public Relations, where she became a Vice President, maintained her position as the publicist of all Orion Classics releases, and also represented films released by the Samuel Goldwyn Company and Warner Bros.

In the fall of 1989, Barker and Bernard invited Marcie to join them as their partner at Orion Classics, where she became Vice President of Acquisitions. Marcie became a well-known “player” at the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Edinburgh, Venice, Montreal, and Toronto Film Festivals, (and at Milan’s MIFED and L.A.’s AFM Film Markets respectively). In January 1992, Marcie, along with her partners Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, founded Sony Pictures Classics, the specialized film division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. SPC released its first film, Merchant Ivory’s HOWARDS END, on March 13, 1992 to nearly unanimous acclaim, $26 million in domestic box office, and three Academy Awards. As of 2009, Sony Pictures Classics has gone on to be nominated for 97 Academy Awards (including three for Best Picture: HOWARDS END, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and CAPOTE), and achieved 24 wins, including for INDOCHINE, BELLE EPOQUE, BURNT BY THE SUN, ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED, POLLOCK, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER and ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER.

Over the next few years, Barker, Bernard and Bloom received an Industry Lifetime Achievement Award from the Independent Feature Project, a special award handed to them by Francis Ford Coppola from the Directors Guild of America, and soon afterwards each of the trio was decorated with a Chevalier des Arts and Lettres by the French Government in recognition of the dozens of French-language films they had promoted and released during the course of their association at Orion Classics and Sony Pictures Classics.

In the fall of 1996, Marcie suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage, leaving her partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair but amazingly enough, cognitively intact. She stays in close contact with SPC; she cheers their successes, mourns their losses, and has shared the benefit of her many international relationships with her successor at SPC, EVP Dylan Leiner, whom Marcie had hired as her own assistant in 1994. In the fall of 2004, Marcie was selected to receive the first “Industry Toast” at the Hamptons International Film Festival, where she was joined by friends, family and colleagues to celebrate her unique contribution to the international film community over the previous twenty years.



ABOUT  IFP

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