Our Film Independent Fellows are taking the world by storm with their films, particularly in the documentary field, and we want to celebrate their accomplishments. Here’s what happening with the Fellows:

Better This World Wins at the WGA Awards

Fast Track and Film Independent/HBO Documentary Films Grant winners Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway recently accepted the award for Best Documentary Screenplay at the WGA Awards for their film Better This World. The film will be re-airing on the PBS P.O.V. series this summer on August 30 at 10 p.m. The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. The film goes to the heart of the war on terror and political dissent in post-9/11 America. Visit the film’s P.O.V. profile for more information on how to view the award-winning doc.

Documentary Lab Fellows, Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix, received a grant from the Fledgling Fund for their film, The Light in Her Eyes. Fledgling has committed $10,000 to outreach and engagement to increase viewers’ knowledge of Islam, allow Muslim women audiences to better know their rights and promote religious tolerance. The Light in Her Eyes will also be part of PBS’ P.O.V. series; its’ national broadcast premiere date is July 19 at 10:00 p.m. Learn more about the film here and note the air date in your calendar!

Heather Courtney on the set of Where Soldiers Come From

This year’s Spirit Award Nokia Truer Than Fiction grant winner Where Soldiers Come From from Heather Courtney is also on the P.O.V. screening series schedule and will air on September 6 at 10:00 p.m. The documentary follows the four-year journey of childhood friends from a small town in northern Michigan as they transform from restless teenagers to soldiers in Afghanistan and return home. View the film’s PBS profile here.

Fellow Spirit Award winners for the Jameson FIND Your Audience grant, Benjamin Murray and Alysa Nahmias recently presented their documentary Unfinished in India as part of Sundance’s 2012 Film Forward program. Fellow Cara Marcous joined them with her film On the Ice. Ten films total screened as part of the program in various Indian cities this month. Also part of Sundance’s initiatives in India: Fellow Shonali Bose has been accepted into the Mumbai Mantra/Sundance Screenwriters Lab in India this spring.

Good Pitch, a joint program from the Britdoc Foundation and the Sundance Institute, has selected Hilla Medalia (2012 Documetary Lab) to participate in their program with her doc Dancing in Jaffa. She will attend Good Pitch and meet specially selected foundations, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, broadcasted and potential corporate and brand partners to whom she will pitch her project for the purpose of creating a partnership to achieve greater outreach for her film and maximize its impact and influence.

Call Me Kuchu at Berlinale

Documentary Lab Fellows Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright screened their film Call Me Kuchu at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and came out of the fest with the Teddy Award! Call Me Kuchu was also the runner-up for the Audience Award for Best Documentary. The doc is part of this month’s Hot Doc documentary festival in Canada, as well. Read more about their journey in Production Spotlight.

FIND Fellows Olivia Silver (director), Julien Favre (producer) and Eric Lin (cinematographer) had their film Arcadia screen at the Berlin Festival as well and won the Crystal Bear award for best feature film in the Generations section for children and youth films. Read more about the win at hollywoodreporter.com.

Saturday March 24, Pariah was honored at the 23rd Annual Glaad Media Awards.  Produced by Film Independent Fellow Nekisa Cooper and directed by Fellow Dee Rees Pariah won for Outstanding Film – Limited Release.

ITVS just launched Season 3 of their Futurestates short film program. Of the seven films in this year’s line-up, five are directed by Film Independent Fellows:
Advantageous by Jennifer Phang
Laura Keller by Mo Perkins
Crossover by Tina Mabry
The 6th World by Nanobah Becker
Life Begins at Rewirement by Trevin Matcek
You can view trailers for all of the films at futurestates.tv.

The San Francisco International Film Festival has announced the line-up for their festival next month and two teams of Film Independent Fellows are in the mix! Look for Mosquita y Mari, directed by Aurora Guerrero and produced by Charlene Agabao, and Valley of the Saints, directed by Musa Syeed and produced by Nicholas Bruckman, if you’re in San Francisco this April.

To find out more about Film Independent’s Artist Development programs click here and meet all of the Fellows in the FIND Talent Guide. Interested in becoming a Fellow yourself? View the deadlines and consider applying.

March 28th, 2012 • No Comments

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