Josh Penn and Dan Janvey, producers of the Sundance 2012 U.S. Dramatic Competition hit “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” received the inaugural Sundance Institute Indian Paintbrush Producer’s Award and its accompanying $10,000 grant at the annual Producers Lunch held this afternoon in Park CIty.
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” is produced by a “grassroots independent filmmaking army,” Court 13, that’s based in New Orleans and also includes the film’s co-writer and director, Benh Zeitlin.
Additional producers on “Beasts” are producer Michael Gottwald and executive producers, Philipp Engelhorn, Paul Meze and Michael Raisler.
“Beasts” is the first feature for both Penn and Janvey. They were both producers on Zeitlin’s acclaimed short film, “Glory at Sea,” which served as a basis for “Beasts.”
The Indian Paintbrush Producer’s Award is part of a two-year program in which development, production and financing company Indian Paintbrush provides grants to to support the development, pre-production, post-production, distribution and/or marketing of work by filmmakers who have been selected for the Sundance Feature Film Program’s Directors, Screenwriters or Producers Labs.