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And the Winners Are: “Exotic,” “Mudjackin’,” “Gayby” and “Star” Are First 4 iW Projects of the Month

And the Winners Are: "Exotic," "Mudjackin'," "Gayby" and "Star" Are First 4 iW Projects of the Month

After a summer of highlighting various in-production projects in iW’s Project of the Day column, and giving away SnagFilms consultations to each of our Projects of the Week, it’s finally time to announce the first four winners of Project of the Month, who will each receive a consultation from Sundance Institute!

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Congratulations to all the winning filmmakers!

The first four Project of the Month honorees are:

“Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival”

“Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival” tells the story of a goat farm in the middle of the Mojave Desert that became ground zero of the largest burlesque revival since the 1940s. Retired dancer Dixie Evans, “The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque,” transforms a goat shed into “Exotic World”, the world’s first and only museum devoted to striptease. In response, young burlesque revivalists across the country begin making pilgrimages to the museum. The film captures the moment in time when the revivalists and elderly legends meet in the blazing hot desert and create a vibrant artistic culture that fuels the resurgence of neo-burlesque.


In “Mudjackin’,” Dustin and Travis are best friends who share a mudjacking business, a rap-metal band, and a pact to make the upcoming summer the summer of their lives. Soon, though, their livelihoods are threatened by a newly-arrived team of rival mudjackers, their hopes of winning a local battle of the bands undermined by a maddeningly glib Creedence Clearwater Revival cover band, and their dreams of an idyllic summer shattered by the emergence of a bizarre murder mystery. “Mudjackin’” is a freewheeling absurdist comedy set in the Ozarks of Missouri and shot in the Ozarks and Kansas City, Missouri.


Jenn and Matt are best friends from college who are now in their 30s. Single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. Matt suffers from comic-book writer’s block and can’t get over his ex-boyfriend. They decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together… the old-fashioned way. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in preparation for parenthood? “Gayby” is an irreverent comedy about friendship, growing older, sex, loneliness, and the family you chose.

“Rising Star”

Chris, an overworked insurance adjuster, finds out one Friday layoffs are coming. He sulks at the bar, but then meets Alyza, a girl he’s been talking with online, in real life for the first time. They spend the night together, but Chris doesn’t remember what happened. And Alyza remembers – but won’t tell him. They spend the next day together, trying to find Chris’s lost car keys, and he begins to think there could be more to life than work. But work keeps calling him, so Chris must decide if work is the only thing he can devote himself to.

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