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

General Programming

  • The Art House Convergence
  • Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard
  • Film and Media Studies, Columbia University School of the Arts
  • The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • The University of Michigan Library
  • Columbia University School of the Arts
  • Registration required. See details.

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.

Click here for full schedule.


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.