NY Indie Guy: Ira Deutchman and the Rise of Independent Film


On September 14-16 and September 20-23, 2018, Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts will host a retrospective exhibit honoring the career of Film Professor and Producing Concentration Supervisor Ira Deutchman. Since 1975, Deutchman has been a leader in distributing, marketing, and producing American independent films, international films, and arthouse films. He is perhaps best known for founding and running the distribution companies Cinecom, Fine Line Features, and Emerging Pictures. Deutchman has taught at Columbia since 1987.  


This retrospective will screen essential motion pictures from various points in Deutchman’s career, such as The Brother From Another Planet; Diva; Harlan County USA; sex, lies, and videotape; Swoon; and A Woman Under the Influence. Many showings will feature Q&A talkbacks with filmmakers or performers. The celebration will also include panel discussions and an extensive exhibit covering Deutchman’s impact on cinema.  


All screenings and panels will take place in the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129th St., New York. All films will be accompanied by either an introduction or a Q&A session.


Complete Festival Schedule

Friday, September 14, 7:30 pm

A Woman Under the Influence

Saturday, September 15, 12 pm

Ball in the House

Saturday, September 15, 2:45 pm

All I Wanna Do

Saturday, September 15, 5:45 pm

Chilly Scenes of Winter

Saturday, September 15, 9 pm


Sunday, September 16, 12 pm

The Brother From Another Planet

Sunday, September 16, 3:30 pm

sex, lies, and videotape

Sunday, September 16, 6:15 pm

Panel: Ira Deutchman in Context: The World of Indie Filmmaking


Sunday, September 16, 8:50 pm


Thursday, September 20, 7 pm


Friday, September 21, 3:30 pm

Panel: Independent Film at the Crossroads

Friday, September 21, 6 pm

Panel:  A Conversation with Ira Deutchman

Friday, September 21, 8:30 pm

The Player

Saturday, September 22, 12 pm


Saturday, September 22, 3 pm

Parting Glances

Saturday, September 22, 5:30 pm

54: The Director's Cut

Saturday, September 22, 8:45 pm


Sunday, September 23, 12 pm

This Old Cub

Sunday, September 23, 2:30 pm

Harlan County USA

Sunday, September 23, 6 pm

Panel: The Preservation Crisis in Indie Film

Sunday, September 23, 8:30 pm

The Last Waltz