Gotham Awards | Presenters, Red Carpet Host Jonathan Lisecki and New “Champagne with Jermaine” Interview Series Announced for
23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP


Charitybuzz Silent Auction Items Now Live

New York, NY (November 26, 2013) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s premier organization for independent storytellers, announced today the award presenters, red carpet pre-show host and a new interview series for the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP on Monday, December 2nd at Cipriani Wall Street, New York City. Also announced the items for the 3rd annual IFP and Charitybuzz silent auction for the Gotham Awards, which benefits independent storytellers.

Presenters for this years Gotham awards include: Darren Aronofsky; Mayor Bloomberg; Mike Birbiglia; Steve Buscemi; Julie Delpy; John Goodman; Ethan Hawke; Oscar Isaac; Rashida Jones; Jared Leto; Natasha Lyonne; Zosia Mamet; Mira Nair; and Shailene Woodley among others.

Jonathan Lisecki, Gayby director, writer, actor and one of Out Magazine's 100 Most Compelling People of the year, will host the Red Carpet pre-show beginning at 7:00 pm. Nick Kroll, as previously announced will host the awards show beginning at 8:00 pm. The Gotham Awards will be streamed live and free on www.ifp.org.

New this year, Above Average, the digital arm of Broadway Video whose series include 'Seven Minutes in Heaven', 'Sugarboy', 'The Front Desk', will be filming an interview series called 'Champagne with Jermaine' as part of the behind the scenes action at the Gotham Awards. Award winners and presenters will sip champagne and be interviewed by up and coming stand-up comedian Jermaine Fowler (MTV2’s 'Guy Code' and Fox Digital’s upcoming series 'Jermainia').

“The Gotham Awards show this year will be a memorable one with such esteemed presenters, honorees, engaging and comedic hosts and the new “Champagne with Jermaine” behind-the-scenes series,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director, IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. “We are also grateful for the generosity and thoughtful gifts of those inside and outside our community for our on-line charity auction in support of independent storytelling.”

Running through December 12, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), in association with online partner charitybuzz.com, is live with its 3rd annual silent auction. The partnership between IFP and charitybuzz.com will raise funds for the IFP in support of its ongoing programs to support independent storytellers. These auction items are one-of-a-kind experiences extended by key supporters and celebrities in the independent film and media world. Auction items include:

  • Two tickets to Attend Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con Party and Lunch in Entertainment Weekly’s photo studio, July 2014

  • Two Exclusive Tickets to Entertainment Weekly's Pre-Emmy Party in LA September 2014

  • Two tickets to the premiere and after party of Can A Song Save Your Life? starring Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Catherine Keener, and Hailee Steinfeld

  • Two tickets to the premiere of Life Partners, starring Leighton Meester, Adam Brody, and Gillian Jacobs

  • Tickets to the seasons premiere and party of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire in NYC

  • A documentary pitch consultation with Al Jazeera America at their NYC bureau headquarters

  • Four passes to a family skate on the ice at Madison Square Garden with NY Rangers alumni, hosted by RBC Capital Markets, and a Hockey USA Jersey signed by the 2013 IIHF Women's Worlds Champions - Team USA

  • Two tickets to a taping of the Meredith Vieira show in Fall 2014

  • A ticket package to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT

  • Two tickets to a taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in NYC

  • Two tickets to a taping of The Colbert Report with Steven Colbert in NYC

  • Four tickets to Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre’s Asscat Improv Show on Sunday nights in NYC

  • A tour of Seventeen Magazine’s headquarters and casting consultation with Bookings Editor Guillermo Perez

  • Consultations with Industry luminaries: Dylan Leiner (Sony Pictures Classics) and casting director Zoe Rotter (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class)

  • Outfest Director Level Membership

  • A two month editorial experience at Filmmaker Magazine and a membership to Film Society of Lincoln Center

  • Visit the set of Morning Joe and watch a live broadcast

  • Curated Sony Pictures Classics box set of your favorite films and two signed posters

  • A one year exclusive membership to the Made in NY Media Center by IFP

Go to charitybuzz.com/Gotham to bid on these and many other auction items.

The Premier Sponsors of the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP are Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and The New York Times, Platinum Sponsor euphoria Calvin Klein, Official Water FIJI Water, Official Spirit Russian Standard Vodka, Official Wine Partner Mionetto Prosecco, Official Hotel Andaz Wall Street. Additionally, the awards will be promoted nationally in an eight-page special advertising section in The New York Times on November 22nd, 2013.

About IFP

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is the premier organization for independent filmmakers and artists, championing the future of storytelling in the digital age by fostering a vibrant and sustainable independent storyteller community. IFP has supported over 7,000 films and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers over its 34-year history, developing 350 new feature and documentary films each year. IFP represents a growing network of 10,000 filmmakers in New York City and around the world.

IFP guides filmmakers and artists in the craft, technology, and business of independent storytelling through its year-round programming and with the introduction of the state-of-the-art Made in NY Media Center by IFP, a new incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries, and platforms create, collaborate, and connect.

In addition to its workshops, seminars, conferences, mentorships, and Filmmaker Magazine, IFP’s annual programs include Independent Film Week, Envision, The Gotham Independent Film Awards, and the Independent Filmmaker Labs.

Founded in 1979, IFP is the largest and oldest not-for-profit dedicated to independent film. More info at www.ifp.org

About the Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP

The Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP, selected by distinguished juries and presented in New York City, the home of independent film, are the first honors of the film awards season. This public showcase honors the filmmaking community, expands the audience for independent films, and supports the work that IFP does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.

For information on attending: http://gotham.ifp.org