Jake Mahaffy has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship from the Sundance Institute, for his script, "Freed In Deed." Mahaffy will receive a $2,500 cash award and the support of Sundance Institute Screenwriter Advisors Howard Rodman and Doug Wright. The film is the story of "a religious man, who three years after attempting to perform a miracle in Oil City, returns to confront the town's few remaining residents with the reasons for his criminal act."
Among the other fellowship recipients announced Tuesday, T. Todd Flinchum and Alicia Kratzer were announced as recipients of the 2006 Mark Silverman Fellowship for New Producers, which comes with $5,000 for pre-production expenses for their new film, "Dreamland," described as "a speculative exploration of the life of Timothy McVeigh up until the moments before the Oklahoma City bombing. Meanwhile, Andrew Dosunmu and Darci Picoult's won the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship for "Mother of George," described as "a story about a woman torn between her African culture and new life in America, while struggling to please her husband and give him the son that will carry on his family's legacy." They will receive a $10,000 grant for pre-production. [Eugene Hernandez]