Actress Laura Linney and director Dylan Kidd headline Oct. 21-24 IFP Conference

A new independent feature, “PS,” starring Laura Linney and written and directed by Dylan Kidd, kicks off the Oct. 21-24 IFP/Chicago Independent Filmmakers Conference at the School of the Art Institute.

“PS” is a romantic story about a divorced woman in her late 30s who gets to live her fairy tale when she is reunited with a high school sweetheart who had died previously and was reincarnated as a young cutie. Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden and Paul Rudd also star.

Linney and Kidd will be present for a Q&A session following the screening. Anthony Collamati’s short film, “The Apologies,” winner of IFP’s 2004 Production Fund, premieres prior to “PS.”

Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23 are full days of consecutive panels and workshops. They include Distributors and Producers Reps, moderated by Anthony Kaufman (Indiewire, Variety, Village Voice); Documentaries and Politics, Gordon Quinn (Kartemquin Films); Creative Producing, unit production manager Billy Higgins; Screenwriting, writer/producer Gary Sherman (“Death Line,” “Missing Persons”).

Saturday night is the annual Flyover Zone Film Festival of locally-produced short films. More screenings and panels on Sunday, plus a staged reading by Chicago Scriptworks. Parties cap off each day’s events.

For tickets and details, contact IFP/Chicago, 312/235-0161 or see