The Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP) has announced the projects selected for its inaugural Screen Forward Labs, a program focused on helping filmmakers develop serialized story-driven projects across all platforms, which includes web series, VR and visual content made using apps like Vine and Snapchat.
The program was inspired by the IFP Filmmaker Labs, which give filmmakers mentorship and support in developing a first feature. The projects will receive a six month residency at the Made in NY Media Center as well as access to classes, workshops and mentorship from creative professionals. As part of IFP’s commitment to diversity, the labs worked to ensure that at least 50% of the project teams represent an inclusive range of races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and physical abilities. As part of this initiative, 60% of the projects are directed by women.
Here are the 10 projects selected for the labs (with descriptions courtesy of IFP):
A diverse group of young women navigate the realities of being black and queer in New York City.
Chanelle Aponte-Pearson (Director/Writer), Yaani Supreme (Creator/Writer), Rae Leone Allen (Creator/Writer), Terence Nance (Writer/Producer)
Independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (“I Am Not a Sex Addict”) tells a different awkward celebrity encounter story in each episode.
Caveh Zahedi (Director/Creator/Writer/Producer), Arnold Barkus (Producer)
Set in a group home for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Northern California, residents grapple with the introduction of a new member of their household, Barbara, a vivacious artist with a wry wit and an intellectual disability, who manages to disrupt almost every routine they’ve established in the many years they’ve lived together.
Erica Milsom (Director/Creator/Writer), Todd Shaiman (Producer), Adam Habib (Director of Photography)
Fresh off the bus from Baltimore, Butch and Nellie arrive in Los Angeles ready to win “So You Think You’ve Got the Voice.” Instead, they encounter a series of failures culminating in a 3000% fucked up audition. It looks like they are going to have to build their gay rap empire brick by brick, glitzy TV shows be damned!
Conor Fetting-Smith (Director/Creator/Writer), Lindsay Villareal (Producer)
Unable to pay the $10 trillion it owes China, the U.S. devises a plan: to give China the state of California.
Ellie Lee (Director/Creator/Writer/Editor), Nneka Bennett (Animator)
The tale of a Syrian woman, who upon losing her home in the 2011 uprising, goes back in time and into the future to remake history through dance.
Susan Youssef (Director/Creator/Writer/Producer/Editor), Man Kit Lam (Producer/Editor), Nadine Toukan (Producer)
An original comedic series about the “underbelly of the yoga world.”
Mary Gillen (Director/Writer/Producer), Summer Chastant (Creator/Writer/Producer/Executive Producer), Nandita Argarwal (Executive Producer)
Set against the backdrop of high-society parties, receptions, and black-tie events, Dara and his friends, struggling Irish artists in New York, mooch their way through life by attending any event to kick start their careers and fill up their stomachs.
Niall McKay (Director/Creator/Writer), Marissa Aroy (Producer)
Brain scientist, Dr. Sheri Myes, survives a bombing, but is forever changed. Isolated by her obsessions and blind to the love, hate and self-interest that surrounds her, she endures various obstacles in her quest to raise the level of human consciousness.
Nancy Andrews (Director/Creator/Writer/ Animator/Composer), Michole Briana White (Actress)
Consumed by the strange and abrupt death of her son, a woman investigates the cause of a mysterious disease she believes threatens to wipe out an entire generation.
Gregory Bayne (Director/Creator/Writer/Producer/DP/Editor), Christian Lynbrook (Creator/Writer/Producer)