By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 23, 2009 at 10:33AM
Film Independent announced the filmmakers and film projects selected for its 7th annual Fast Track program, taking place during the Los Angeles Film Festival. Fast Track is an intensive, three-day film-financing market where participants "are connected with established financiers, production companies, agents, managers, and other film industry professionals who can move their current projects forward."
Industry participants include representatives from Paramount, Sony, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Company, Participant Productions, Roadside Attractions, Yari Film Group, The Film Department, River Road, Groundswell Productions, Mandalay, Film Colony, Volume One Entertainment, Camelot, Cherry Road Films, Bona Fide, Artina, Fortis Films and Contra Films, as well as agents from CAA, ICM, UTA, and The Gersh Agency.
The ten projects selected are Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway's "Better This World," Rodney Evans' "Day Dream," George Reyes' "La Muneca Fea" (The Ugly Doll), Sheldon Candis' "Learning Uncle Vernon," Afia Nathaniel's "Neither the Veil Nor the Four Walls," Andrew MacLean's "On The Ice," Sasie Sealy's "Sara N_12," Alexandra Kondracke's "See You On The Dark Side," Mark Bissonette's "Summerteeth," and Eric Lin's "Why We Pull the Trigger."
Film Independent also announced that Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway, co-directors of aforementioned "Better This World," are the recipients of the second annual HBO Documentary Films Fellowship for a documentary project in Fast Track. "Better This World" follows two childhood friends from Midland, Texas, who set out to prove their manhood to themselves and to Brandon Darby, a revolutionary activist turned FBI informant. The HBO Documentary Films Fellowship combines HBO's funding with Film Independent's year-round support services to give documentary filmmakers the necessary tools to develop their craft.
"The range of Fast Track projects from both emerging and established artists and the industry's appetite to meet these filmmakers is remarkable," said Josh Welsh, Director of Talent Development for Film Independent, in a statement. "HBO Documentary Films' support to open Fast Track to the documentary community has resulted in amazing new projects over the past two years."
"By supporting filmmakers like Kelly and Katie, we encourage artists, from all disciplines, to explore telling their stories through non-fiction filmmaking," said Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of Film Independent, in a statement. "Fast Track has been a highly successful program for us during the Festival in that it cultivates and sustains the careers of independent filmmakers in a real-world setting, and also allows top industry executives to discover new talent."
Recent projects developed through Fast Track include Cherien Dabis' "Amreeka," Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River," and Scott Prendergast's "Kabluey."