Film Independent has announced the 22 filmmakers and 10 projects selected for its 11th annual Fast Track program at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fast Track Welcome Luncheon, during the ongoing Los Angeles Film Festival.
The program is an intensive, three-day film-financing market. During programmed one-on-one meetings, participants are connected with established financiers, production companies, agents, managers and other film industry professionals who can move their current projects forward.
And congrats are in order for Nikyatu Jusu, A. Sayeeda Clarke and Vincent Harris – the 3 filmmakers of African descent that I immediately recognized – who are among the 22 filmmakers with represented projects.
Projects we’ve profiled that made the cut include Blair Doroshwalther’s Out in the Night.
Vincent Harris’ project (which he’s producing alongside Amy Hobby) was also awarded the Millennium Entertainment Fellowship, a $10,000 production grant, for their film Third Girl from the Left (more on that intriguing project in a future post).
The filmmakers will also receive year-round support from Film Independent.
The full list of projects selected for 2013 Fast Track follow below:
Frank’s World: And Tales of the Fearless Brothers O – Writer/Director/Producer Christopher Munch (Letters From the Big Man, Harry and Max), Producer Russell Brown (Annie and the Gypsy, The Blue Tooth Virgin).
Free the Town – Writer/Director Nikyatu Jusu (African Booty Scratcher), Producers Nikkia Moulterie (Quai D’Orsay, Monica Z).
God Loves Stu – Writer/Director Aldo Velasco (Tent City, Chittagong), Producer David Allen Cress (Portlandia, Paranoid Park).
I’m Not Down – Director A. Sayeeda Clarke (White, The Grey Woman), Producer Monique Gabriela Curnen (Weapons of Misdirection, Where My Ladies At?).
New Mexican Rain – Writer/Director Amber Sealey (How to Cheat, A Plus D), Producers Ted Speaker (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance), Mimi Zora (Goulash, Desire).
Out in the Night – Director/Producer blair doroshwalther (Out in the Night, Cry Don’t Cry), Producers Giovanna Chesler (Period: The End of Menstruation).
Shield and Spear – Director Petter Ringbom (The Russian Winter, May Fly), Producer Alysa Nahmias (Unfinished Spaces, Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Swan).
Solitaire King – Writer/Director Bassam Jarbawl (Frequency), Producer Shrihari Sathe (It Felt Like Love, Breaking the Chain, First Day of Peace, Off Season).
Third Girl from the Left – Producer Vincent Harris, Amy Hobby (Secretary, Hamlet).
Tomorrow We Disappear — Director/Producers Jimmy Goldblum (Live Hope Love), Adam Weber (The Man Who is Tall Happy, The Green Hornet), Co-Producer Naveen Chaubal (Chakshoo, Jiro Dreams of Sushi).