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Film Independent Announces Filmmakers Selected For 2016 Producing Lab

Seven projects and nine producers were selected to participate in the 16th annual Producing Lab.

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Film Independent has announced the producers selected for its 16th annual Producing Lab. Participating with a project they’re in the process of producing, the four-week program is designed to help the filmmakers develop their skills as independent producers.

Seven projects and a total of nine producers will participate, and through the Lab will develop a strategy and action plan to bring their project to life, as well as meet professionals who can advise them on their craft and the business of independent producing.

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This year’s Creative Advisors are Karin Chien (“Circumstance”), Heather Rae (“Tallulah”) and Daniel Wagner (“Miles Ahead”). Guest speakers include Charles Howard, Tri-Star Pictures President Hannah Minghella CAA Agents Maren Olson and Tristen Tuckfield, and Jason Berman (“The Birth of a Nation,” “Mediterranea”).

“We are thrilled to welcome this dynamic group of producers to the Lab. These seven projects exhibit uniquely personal and global perspectives. We look forward to shepherding them forward,” said Jennifer Kushner, Director Artist Development at Film Independent.

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Previous projects developed through the Producing Lab include Sian Heder’s “Tallulah” produced by David Newsom, which premiered at Sundance this year and is currently streaming on Netflix, Chloé Zhao’s Spirit Award nominated “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” produced by Angela C. Lee and Mollye Asher and Clay Liford’s “Slash,” produced by Brock Williams, which premiered at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival.

The 2016 Producing Lab is supported by Artist Development Lead Funder Time Warner Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2016 Producing Lab filmmakers and projects are:

Title: “Afronauts”
Producers: Vincho Nchogu and Ryan Zacarias
Logline: In the early 1960s—just after Zambian Independence, and at the height of “moon fever”—a disgraced schoolteacher, Edward Makuka Nkoloso, took a few teenagers out into the desert to set up an unofficial astronaut-training program.

Title: “Cantering”
Producer: Peter Maestrey
Logline: When Yuma, a naïve paraplegic comic book artist chooses to animate in the adult comic book world, she discovers a new purpose in life and embarks on a romance with a mysterious wheelchair taxi driver. 

Title: “Chickenshit”
Producer: Jon Coplon
Logline: With the help of a rag-tag group of boys, 11-year old Phoenix sets out on a dangerous mission to save her Detroit neighborhood from arsonists and to prove herself to her father.

Title: “Followers”
Producer: Christina Radburn
Logline: A lonely woman who has lost all faith in God, becomes obsessed with her aqua-aerobics instructor after seeing the face of Jesus on his swimming shorts. 

Title: “Girl With Child”
Producer: Luz Agudelo Gipson
Logline: A lonely teenage girl in Ecuador travels with her toddler to visit her ill, troubled mother and searches for a new home and family to belong to along the way. 

Title: “The Burning Season”
Producer: Kate Sharp
Writer/Producer: Jenny Halper
Logline: A primatologist brings her teenage daughter to a remote region of Madagascar, where her determination to save endangered lemurs puts their relationship — and safety — at risk. 

Title: “The Wall at the End of the Road”
Producer: Caroline Oliveira
Logline: A young man is forced to come to terms with his estranged father during a mysterious outbreak that puts his rural town into quarantine.

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