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

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 PlanetDivaHarlan County USAsex, lies, and videotapeSwoon; 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.

Ticket Info

Tickets:  $12 General Admission / $10 Seniors (65 and older) / $8 Students

Package:  $40 for five films

Advance ticket sales available online only

Day-of-screening ticket sales available on-site, pending availability

All panels are ticketed, but free of charge

There will be a student rush line for all screenings*

*FREE CU Student Rush for students with a current CUID: A Student Rush Line will form 30 minutes prior to each screening in the Lenfest lobby, and valid student CUID holders will be admitted beginning 10 minutes prior to each screening, pending availability. The number of available student rush seats will vary for each screening and are not guaranteed. To secure a guaranteed seat for any screening, discounted $8 student tickets are available in advance.


The Art House Convergence
Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard
Film and Media Studies, Columbia University School of the Arts
The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University
The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University
The University of Michigan Library


Event Producers: Rob King and Jack Lechner
Coordinator: Morgan Ackley
Print Traffic: Barbara Twist

Thank you to Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty, Columbia University School of the Arts; Jana Wright, Dean of Academic Administration and Planning, Columbia University School of the Arts; Mark BalsamPeter BeckerGavin BrowningChris ChouinardRuss CollinsSarah CongressPatricia DaileyEric Di BernardoMarçal ForésJane GainesEileen GilloolyRon GreggPhilip HallmanAdrienne HalpernDaniel HerbertBlake KileSean MairSara MasonAlicia MeierNatasha NortonBrendan RegimbalSoheil RezayazdiChristina RumpfMaureen RyanKristina TatePeter VaughanLauren WeigelRyan Werner

… and a very special thanks to Ira Deutchman.