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Film Independent Fiscal Sponsorship

New and innovative work, fiscally sponsored by Film Independent.
The Fiscal Sponsorship program opens the door to nonprofit funding for independent filmmakers and media artists, supporting a diverse slate of projects at every stage of the filmmaking process – from development to distribution and beyond. Support Film Independent's creative community and help bring these projects to life by donating below.
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Atomic Bamboozle: The False Promise of a Nuclear Renaissance

Atomic Bamboozle follows anti-nuclear activists, tribal leaders, scientists and attorneys as they draw lessons from the decades-long campaign to shut down the Trojan Nuclear Power plant in Oregon and extend those lessons into a new struggle to stop small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) that are being aggressively promoted by the the Department of Energy and nuclear industry in response to the climate crisis.

Project type: Nonfiction Feature
Director: Jan Haaken
Producer: Samantha Praus
Associate Producer: Cathy Sampson-Kruse
Associate Producer: ​Cathryn Chudy
Editor: Jeremiah Fueres

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Auschwitz Bagel

Based on a true story, Auschwitz Bagel is a short film that explores three sibling’s dynamic as they are forced to reckon with their father’s new sexuality and familial dysfunction at a particularly awkward time - their great aunt’s funeral.

Project type: Fiction Short
Writer/Director: Alex Silberberg
Executive Producer: L.E. Seydel
Cinematographer: Madison McKamey

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Baby Tooth

An ostracized young gay man faces personal challenges when he returns to his rural Florida hometown to provide caregiving support for the family he left behind before they reach their breaking point.

Project type: Fiction Feature
Writer/Director: Drew Lewis Brown
Executive Producer: Trey McIntyre

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Bad Egg

A thirty-something preschool teacher discovers she was adopted and, desperate to belong, fights frantically to build a family of her own before her biological clock runs out.

Project type: Fiction Feature
Writer/Director: Izzy Shill
Producer: Lysette Urus
Producer: Diana Irvine

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Barrio Television

Barrio Television is the untold story of a band of Puerto Rican filmmakers who refused to let the first all-Latino produced TV show in American history be canceled.

Project type: Nonfiction Feature
Writer/Director/Producer: Christina DiPasquale
Producer: Kristofer Ríos
Associate Producer: Madison Cofield

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Beachy Floaty Thingys

Sisters Grace and Hope have been looking forward to this much-needed vacation to exotic Myrtle Beach, SC all year long. But their girls' weekend gets derailed when they are asked to bring their four rowdy nieces and nephews along. Beachy Floaty Thingys is an ode to vacations gone wrong, a love letter to relatives who step in as guardians, and more importantly, a reminder that no matter what, no one can take away your joy.

Project type: Fiction Short
Writer/Director: Amina Sutton
Producer: Crystal Isaac
Producer: Ellie Shanahan
Editor: Janna Emig
Animator: Nijah Brown

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Bee Stings

A shopping spree turns into an anxiety-ridden nightmare when a prepubescent Arab American girl struggles to tell her father that she wants a bra.

Project type: Fiction Short
Director/Writer/Producer: Kali Davis
Writer: Nadine Nonn
Cinematographer: Haley Min Young Kreofsky
Production Designer: Rebecca Muench

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Bertie the Brilliant

A young boy takes on chores and small jobs around his neighborhood to raise money for a ticket to a magic show; but when his grandmother loses her job, he is faced with a difficult decision.

Project type: Fiction Short
Director/Writer/Producer: Gabriela Garcia Medina
Producer:Vicki Syal
Producer: Moana Sherill
Producer: Dylan Costa
Co-Writer/Production Designer: Joshua D. Sankar
Cinematographer: Bongani Mlambo
Choreographer: Reina Hidalgo
Editor: Dominique Pieb Espinosa
Cast: Terri Hoyos, Cheryl Umaña Bonilla

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Betta Fish

Betta Fish is a heartfelt coming-of-age story where recent college graduate Elle grapples with her shifting family dynamic and her mother's deteriorating mental state. Support the film to spark conversations about mental health, family, and resilience, while absolving this issue in BIPOC community.

Project type: Fiction Short
Writer/Director/Producer: Louvinia "Lou" Robinson
Actor: Lori Laing

Actor: Courtney Bledsoe

Director of Photography: Erin Collett

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Better Than They Found It

What starts with the filmmaker’s simple curiosity about her father’s unlikely rise to a coveted role in professional sports, comes to embody a dramatic, thorough, and adventurous origin story about the Black coach movement in football.

Project type: Nonfiction Feature
Project status: Production
Director/Producer: Tarana Mayes
Producer: Shannon Doyle Bell

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Big Mike’s Cabin

A year after closing their flower shop, two women struggle to save their friendship at a cabin in the Ozarks, until they receive help from a mystical maintenance man, a benevolent ghost, and a wise pet rooster.

Project type: Fiction Feature
Co-Writer/Director/Actor: Rebecca Holopter
Co-Writer/Actor: Verity Butler
Producer: Allison Tate

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Set in Southern California in the late 1970s, Bind is a film about a teenage girl who tries to come to terms with her abusive father during a road trip to the desert.

Project type: Fiction Short
Project status: Production
Director/Writer: Inka Rusi
Producer: Sara Fenton
Director of Photography: Richard Van
Executive Producer: Nina Menkes
Co-Producer & First AD: Tanja Rusi

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A close friendship between two girls is eclipsed by an accidental poisoning at school. Based on a true story.

Project type: Fiction Short
Director/Writer: Karishma Dev Dube
Producer: Mary Evangelista
Cinematographer: Shreya Dev Dube

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Black Girl in the Woods

Black Girl in the Woods chronicles Kisha Jarrett's journey as a fat Black woman with Lupus working to reclaim space in the outdoors alongside other unlikely enthusiasts. What started as a mission to thru-hike the Pacific Northwest Trail, becomes a story of discovery, finding joy, and defining one's relationship with nature.

Project type: Nonfiction Feature
Director/Producer: Kisha Jarrett
Producer: Faith Briggs
Producer: Melissa Daniels
Producer: Lauren Lukow
Producer: Tracy Nguyen-Chung
Cinematographer/Editor: Ryan Miyamoto

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Black Hat

A seemingly pious Hasidic man living a secret double life misplaces his black hat one night which will cause his two separate lives to collide in a way he never imagined.

Project type: Fiction Short
Director: Sarah Smith
Writer/Producer: Phillip Guttmann

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Hunted by soldiers after a military coup, Peru's First Lady must drive her very pregnant nanny to a hospital down a treacherous road in the Andes.

Project type: Fiction Feature
Director: Carlos Graña
Producer: Tim Gagliardo
AEC: Director of Photography: Pablo Diez

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Blank Verse Films

Blank Verse Films is an upstart film studio that produces poetry videos. All our videos are online for free on our Youtube channel.

Project type: Organization
Founder/Artistic Director: Mike Gioia
Co-Founder/Development Director: Ted Gioia

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Blue Chair

Lao and regional filmmakers work closely with Blue Chair to produce a free biennial film festival and community screenings. We aim to see a diversity of Southeast Asian stories told well and shared with the world, all while lending critical support to the nascent Lao film industry.

Project type: Organization
Executive Director: Sean Chadwell
Programs Manager: Vone Liosakoun
Advisors: Donna Lednicky, Vannaphone “Kino” Sitthirath, Nicholas Simon

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Bollywood Berkeley

Every year, the University of California Berkeley hosts one of the largest Bollywood Dance competitions in the nation: Bollywood Berkeley. After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bollywood Berkeley will follow a group of novice South Asian college students and competitive dancers as they attempt to pull off the return of this pinnacle cultural event.

Project type: Nonfiction Feature
Project status: Production
Director: Zoe Malhotra
Producer: Vince Johnson
Advisor: Julia Zak

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Box of Rain

What do you do when you're seventeen, suicidal, and believe that the only thing the world has to offer you is violence and pain? You get in your car and drive across the United States to go see the Grateful Dead of course...at least, that's what you do if you're lucky. And without a doubt, I was very lucky.

Project type: Nonfiction Feature
Director: Lonnie Frazier
Producer: Francisca Zapata
Editor: Elizabeth Kopetka

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