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SF Film Society Awards Residencies to New Filmmakers (Exclusive)

SF Film Society Awards Residencies to New Filmmakers (Exclusive)

The San
Francisco Film Society
has selected a new crop of filmmakers to join its FilmHouse Residencies,
which will commence later this month. This new program will support both narrative and documentary feature filmmakers by offering 12-month residencies, free of charge. Approximately 36 filmmakers in various stages of pre-production, production and post-production will be hosted under this year’s FilmHouse banner.     

FilmHouse is located in a refurbished space off Broadway in San Francisco, consisting of both
private production offices and open workspaces. FilmHouse residents will also be treated to guest speakers and lecture series by industry professionals during their stay, as well as the chance to participate in resident-led film workshops, screenings, and various SFFS networking events. 

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2015–2016 FILMHOUSE RESIDENTS – 12-MONTH TERMS

Alyssa Fedele – Children of Volta,
production

Alyssa
Fedele is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and cofounder of Collective
Hunch, a San Francisco–based production company. She is producing and editing Children of Volta, a feature documentary
that follows a group of children as they are rescued and rehabilitated from
slavery on Lake Volta in Ghana. Fedele has previously directed the award-winning
feature length documentary Family of the
Wa’a
, and has produced and edited short documentaries for the Getty Museum,
Teaching Channel, Pearson Foundation and Hewlett Foundation.

Zachary Fink – Children of Volta,
production

Zachary
Fink is the award-winning producer and director of photography of The Cave, a Discovery Channel film about
an international expedition to map the world’s deepest cave. Fink cofounded the
film production company Collective Hunch, and he works with Actual Films as a
producer, director and director of photography. He has shot, produced and
directed for HBO, National Geographic, Discovery, PBS and MTV. He is currently directing
Children of Volta, a feature
documentary that follows the rescue and rehabilitation of child slaves in
Ghana.

Mario Furloni – Freeland, screenwriting

Mario
Furloni is a Brazilian filmmaker and cinematographer based in Oakland, CA. His
first film Pot Country (codirected
with Kate McLean) won Best Documentary at the USA Short Film Festival (2012),
was an official selection at Hot Docs (2012) and at Big Sky (2011) and a
national finalist for the 2012 Student Academy Awards. He is the cinematographer
and coproducer in the ITVS-funded documentary The Return (Loteria Films), which is currently in production. Most
recently, he shot the short documentary After My Garden Grows by
Academy Award-winning documentarian Megan Mylan. 

Ariana Garfinkel – Glass, preproduction

Ariana
Garfinkel is an independent film producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She produced the award-winning feature documentary Boys of Summer, distributed by Tribeca Film and broadcast by ESPN,
PBS and Sundance Channel internationally. She produced two narrative shorts, Sea Meadow and A Juice Box Afternoon, both directed by Lily Baldwin, with whom she
is now developing the narrative feature film Glass. Other projects include the documentaries Nuns on the Bus, Symphony of the Soil, Sonatas
of the Soil
, Wrenched and Trumbo.

Joshua Grannell – The Wizard of Odd,
screenwriting

Having
graduated with a film degree at Penn State, Joshua Grannell moved to San
Francisco in 1996 where he discovered the Trannyshack club. He performed there
as Peaches Christ and in 1998 created his own event Midnight Mass—a movie
series celebrating cult films with live events. In 2009, Grannell wrote and
directed his first feature film All About
Evil
, staring Natasha Lyonne. Grannell continues to produce live movie
events that often sell out the Castro Theatre. He has been honored at the San
Francisco Film Society’s Essential SF event and teaches at the San Francisco
Art Institute.

Jason Headley – Find the Good, screenwriting

Jason
Headley’s short films have been featured on NBC’s Today Show, SundanceTV, Banksy’s Dismaland, the front page of Funny
or Die, the TED Conference, Vimeo Staff Picks and film festivals far and wide. Headley
has been selected to participate in the IFP Emerging Storytellers program, and
has been commissioned by Heineken, Sony and Chrysler to write, direct and
produce original short films.

Richard Levien – Collisions, production 

Richard
Levien has been writing, directing and editing award-winning films for 10
years. Levien’s short film Immersion,
about a ten-year-old boy from Mexico who struggles to fit in at his new school
in the US, premiered at Slamdance in 2009. Immersion
won the No Violence Award at Ann Arbor and the prize for Best Bay Area Short at
the San Francisco International Film Festival. In 2009 Levien won the inaugural
SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant, for screenwriting on Collisions (formerly La Migra).
In 2013 the project was awarded a second SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant for
development.

Kate McLean – Freeland, screenwriting

Kate
McLean is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She is currently producing
the forthcoming PBS documentary Freedom
Fighters
, about a group of exonerated men who form their own detective
agency, as well as Immigrant Nation,
a film and interactive project supported by the Tribeca Film Institute and The
MacArthur Foundation. She codirected the short documentary The Caretaker, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, was
featured in the New York Times
OpDocs series and broadcast on POV. McLean also codirected the short
documentary Pot Country (with Mario
Furloni).

Jennifer Phang – Advantageous, outreach /
distribution 

Jennifer
Phang’s sophomore feature Advantageous
won the US Dramatic Competition Special Jury Prize in Collaborative Vision at
Sundance 2015. Phang is a recipient of a San Francisco Film Society Women
Filmmaker Fellowship. Her award-winning debut feature Half-Life premiered in 2008 at the Tokyo International and Sundance
film festivals. It screened at SXSW and was distributed by Sundance Channel.
She was invited to the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab and was awarded a
SFFS FilmHouse Residency and Sundance Institute Feature Film Grants in support
of Advantageous.

Joe Talbot – The Last Black Man in San Francisco, research and development

Joe
Talbot’s films have screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival
three times and his work has been covered in VICE, The Atlantic,
Indiewire, the San Francisco Chronicle
and Filmmaker Magazine, where he was
recently profiled in the 25 New Faces issue. His short film Z-Man (codirected with his younger
brother Nat) won the Golden Gate Award at the 2011 San Francisco International
Film Festival. While working on his second short Last Stop Livermore he met Jimmie Fails, and the two began
collaborating on The Last Black Man in
San Francisco
, adapted from Fails’ real life story.

Diane Weipert – Boyle Heights, development 

Diane
Weipert has worked in film for over a decade. Her screenwriting debut, Solo Dios Sabe (starring Diego Luna and
Alica Braga) opened the World Cinema Competition at Sundance in 2006. She has
collaborated on feature film projects with Eddie Izzard, Michelle Rodriguez,
Peter Bratt, John Hays (founder of WildBrain Entertainment) and others. Two of
her original scripts are being packaged at agencies in LA. Her latest project, Boyle Heights, will be her directorial
debut.

FILMHOUSE
FLEXIBLE USE SPACE RESIDENTS – 12-MONTH TERMS

Catharine
Axley

Attla, postproduction

Anthony Cianciolo
The Jerome Project, preproduction 

Hervé Cohen Life
Underground
, production 

Jonathan
Duffy

Black Metal, packaging; All That We Love, screenwriting; Sorry to Bother You, screenwriting; Oscillate Wildly, production 

Stephen Eyer Seventh-Gay
Adventists
, outreach and education

Emily Gibson – Destin, preproduction

Shane
Gill

47th & Partition, screenwriting

Sean
Gillane

Ship to Sea, screenwriting

Mohammad Gorjestani
Somehow These Days Will be Missed,
screenwriting 

Steph
Green

Santiago & The Cyclops,
screenwriting

Elena Greenlee
Dark Forest, screenwriting 

Anne
Hamilton

Untitled Anne Hamilton Project,
postproduction

Chris Mason Johnson
Untitled screenplay, screenwriting 

Travis Mathews Oscillate
Wildly
, production 

Michael
Morgenstern

Island in the Sun, screenwriting

Myra
Paci

Bite, screenwriting

Dawn
Porter

Trapped, postproduction

Malcolm Pullinger
Somehow These Days Will be Missed,
screenwriting 

Jessica
Ramirez

Futbolistas 4 Life, postproduction

Rob
Richert

All Rhodes, screenwriting

Boots Riley
Sorry to Bother You, screenwriting 

Matthew Riutta Man
Up Above
, screenwriting 

Jun
Stinson
Futbolistas 4 Life,
postproduction

Laura
Wagner

Tracktown, postproduction; A Place to Live, screenwriting; Reza and the Refugees, screenwriting; Man Up Above, screenwriting 

Ephraim Walker The
Riders
, development

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