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Healthcare Doc ‘Bending the Arc,’ Exec Produced by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Gets U.S. Release (Exclusive)

Healthcare Doc ‘Bending the Arc,’ Exec Produced by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Gets U.S. Release (Exclusive)
Abramorama has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to the healthcare documentary “Bending the Arc,” with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as executive producers.

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, will open on Oct. 6 in New York, followed by a release to Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and select cities across the U.S.

The movie is directed by Kief Davidson, whose credits include “The Ivory Game” and “A Lego Brickumentary,” and Pedro Kos, an editor on “Waste Land” and “The Island President.” The producer is Cori Shepherd Stern (“Open Heart,” “Warm Bodies”).

The film centers on three Harvard med students — Jim Kim, current president of the World Bank; Paul Farmer; and Ophelia Dahl — who became pioneers of global health by inventing an international framework for fighting diseases such as tuberculosis, AIDS, Sars, and Ebola.

Variety‘s Geoff Berkshire gave “Bending the Arc” a strong review: “For anyone who wants to believe in
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Interview, Audio: Directors Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’

Chicago – The beauty of ex-Vice President Al Gore is that whenever his name is mentioned we think about his central passion… how Planet Earth is changing due to greenhouse gases and pollution. His groundbreaking “An Inconvenient Truth” documentary is a cultural icon, and now he is back with the aptly titled “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” co-directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

This is both an update of the first and a cause for optimism. Al Gore has his slideshow – which is being updated almost day-by-day, as depicted in the documentary – and there are ominous and apocalyptic signs still in the picture (Miami is altering its infrastructure because of rising ocean levels), but also there are true success stories as a result of Gore’s crusade. The wind and sun power industries are viable and becoming profitable enough to be adopted, plus the word is out.. in
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In praise of Dogwoof documentaries

Dave Lawrie Aug 4, 2017

Blackfish, The Act Of Killing - we celebrate the great documentaries distributed by the UK's Dogwoof...

Did you know that around 20 percent of the films released in the UK are documentaries? It’s a surprisingly large figure. I think the reason behind it might be that ‘documentary’ is considered to be a genre in and of itself. “And the Academy Award for best documentary feature goes to…”. They're all lumped into the same bracket. Also, they're relatively cheap to make and can be assembled independently by a team of only a few people. Success at the box office is often down on the priorities list for creators wanting to spread a message, tell a story or get a point across and, when they only need to recoup that small amount to be considered successful, documentary cinema becomes fertile ground for ambitions to grow in.

See related Preacher
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Bonni Cohen on Why “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” Gives Viewers A Bucket of Hope

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”: Paramount Pictures and Participant Media

Bonni Cohen is an award-winning producer and director. She co-directed “Audrie & Daisy,” which premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up as a Netflix Original film. Her work as producer and director on “The Rape of Europa” earned her a PGA and WGA nomination and the project was short-listed for the Oscars. She co-directed “Inside Guantanamo,” which was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary in 2009.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” is co-directed by Jon Shenk. The doc hits theaters today, July 28.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

BC: A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, this sequel looks at both the escalation of the crisis and how close we are to a real solution. The film follows Al Gore during the year 2016 as he relentlessly pursues his work to help solve the climate crisis.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

BC: We were approached by Diane Weyermann at Participant Media, who we have had a long and wonderful relationship with. Jon and I had made “The Island President” about former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, and it was largely a climate change film with a single character at its center, [so that made us a good fit for this project].

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

BC: I want people to feel that they have seen a dramatic and emotional story about an amazing man and his legacy of work. I want people to feel empowered — like change is possible and in their hands.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

BC: Climate change is depressing. There are so many climate crisis films out there that wag their finger at the viewer, scare and depress them with the apocalyptic nature of this problem.

Our challenge was to make sure to leave the audience with a bucket of hope, one filled with the solutions that are in place to solve this crisis and make sure the world is livable for our children.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

BC: We had the great fortune to work with Participant Media on this film. They were the producers of “An Inconvenient Truth” 10 years ago. They came to us with the budget raised and ready to go.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

BC: Best advice I have received: “Don’t confuse a good time with a good film.” My dear friend and mentor Jon Else has always said that you have to make sure to distinguish your film’s strength of narrative from the joy you may have had in making the film. This lesson is at the heart of disciplined filmmaking.

Worst advice: “Don’t become a documentary filmmaker if you want to be able to support a family!”

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

BC: Find your voice. That distinction will make you an invaluable asset to your art.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

BC: “Long Night’s Journey Into Day” by Deborah Hoffmann and Frances Reid. These two women created a beautiful and emotional story out of one of the darkest moments in human history. They found the humanity in it and brought it to the world. What a gift.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directorsyet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

BC: I am tremendously optimistic but that may be because I personally know so many talented, fearless women directors who are spending their lives doing this incredible work. We are seeing a golden age right now in documentary film and women are taking advantage. The numbers may not be there yet but I am hopeful we are trending to a better place.

Bonni Cohen on Why “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” Gives Viewers A Bucket of Hope was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Al Gore at Town Hall: ‘Every Night Is a Nature Hike Through the Book of Revelations’ (Listen)

Al Gore at Town Hall: ‘Every Night Is a Nature Hike Through the Book of Revelations’ (Listen)
Washington, D.C. — Al Gore says that recent environmental devastation and extreme weather, more than anything, is what is changing minds on the climate crisis.

Appearing at a SiriusXM/Variety town hall on Thursday, tied to the release of Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s new movie “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” Gore traces climate denial to the economic meltdown in 2008. Before that, the nominees of both parties, Barack Obama and John McCain, acknowledged that action needed to be taken to address climate change.

“You saw, really, the beginning of the modern fever of climate denial in the Republican party start then,” Gore said in the town hall. “But we are seeing pushback, now, and we are seeing a lot of changes with people who don’t want to engage in the argument. They don’t even feel comfortable using the phrase global warming. But they understand…that they have an obligation to their kids, and
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Cannes 2017 Women Directors: Meet Bonni Cohen — “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”: Paramount Pictures and Participant Media

Bonni Cohen is an award-winning producer and director. She co-directed “Audrie & Daisy,” which premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up as a Netflix Original film. Her work as producer and director on “The Rape of Europa” earned her a PGA and WGA nomination and the project was short-listed for the Oscars. She co-directed “Inside Guantanamo,” which was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary in 2009.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” will premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on _________. The film is co-directed by Jon Shenk and will hit theaters July 28.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

BC: A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, this sequel looks at both the escalation of the crisis and how close we are to a real solution. The film follows Al Gore during the year 2016 as he relentlessly pursues his work to help solve the climate crisis.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

BC: We were approached by Diane Weyermann at Participant Media, who we have had a long and wonderful relationship with. Jon and I had made “The Island President” about former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, and it was largely a climate change film with a single character at its center, [so that made us a good fit for this project].

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

BC: I want people to feel that they have seen a dramatic and emotional story about an amazing man and his legacy of work. I want people to feel empowered — like change is possible and in their hands.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

BC: Climate change is depressing. There are so many climate crisis films out there that wag their finger at the viewer, scare and depress them with the apocalyptic nature of this problem.

Our challenge was to make sure to leave the audience with a bucket of hope, one filled with the solutions that are in place to solve this crisis and make sure the world is livable for our children.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

BC: We had the great fortune to work with Participant Media on this film. They were the producers of “An Inconvenient Truth” 10 years ago. They came to us with the budget raised and ready to go.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Cannes?

BC: Playing at the Cannes Film Festival is every filmmaker’s dream. What can I say? It’s unbelievable.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

BC: Best advice I have received: “Don’t confuse a good time with a good film.” My dear friend and mentor Jon Else has always said that you have to make sure to distinguish your film’s strength of narrative from the joy you may have had in making the film. This lesson is at the heart of disciplined filmmaking.

Worst advice: “Don’t become a documentary filmmaker if you want to be able to support a family!”

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

BC: Find your voice. That distinction will make you an invaluable asset to your art.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

BC: “Long Night’s Journey Into Day” by Deborah Hoffmann and Frances Reid. These two women created a beautiful and emotional story out of one of the darkest moments in human history. They found the humanity in it and brought it to the world. What a gift.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

BC: I am tremendously optimistic but that may be because I personally know so many talented, fearless women directors who are spending their lives doing this incredible work. We are seeing a golden age right now in documentary film and women are taking advantage. The numbers may not be there yet but I am hopeful we are trending to a better place.

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Sundance 2017: Climate Change and Cussing Nuns Kick of 33rd Film Festival

As in the past few years, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicked off with a sampling of six movies from the different sections, but the movie that probably had the most interest right off the bat was the premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

Ten years after Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth was blowing minds about global warming from its 2006 Sundance premiere to winning the Oscar, he’s back with an update that offers at least some hope for the future of the earth, but tempered with a warning that the United States could end up backtracking under the leadership of a vocal denier of climate change.

The previous movie was essentially Gore’s slide show presentation of graphs and charts showing how the build-up of carbon gases in the atmosphere has created unstable climate and weather, being responsible for the increase in the deadliest typhoons and hurricanes. At first,
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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Filmmakers on Al Gore and Fighting Climate Change in the Trump Era — Sundance 2017

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Filmmakers on Al Gore and Fighting Climate Change in the Trump Era — Sundance 2017
It’s hard to imagine “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” having a happy ending. The follow-up to 2006’s Oscar-winning climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” includes Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election, a result that some environmentalists view as disastrous for the future of the planet.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts

But 10 years after former U.S. vice president Al Gore frightened audiences with his slideshow of photos, charts and reams of data bluntly displaying the impacts of the global climate crisis, “An Inconvenient Sequel” finds a surprisingly optimistic Gore working tirelessly on his mission of spreading awareness about both the impacts of global warming and the concrete solutions humans can take to avert disaster.

“It’s just astounding how both absolutely devastating it is in terms of where we are with the environment,
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Lrm's 10 Most Anticipated Sundance Film Festival Premieres

Later this week, Lrm will be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. While the festival tends to be a mixed bag of indie films, some will be picked up for distribution by studios and turned into mainstream hits, others will flounder and be lucky to get a VOD release. Even so, there’s no denying that Sundance is the real beginning of the year for most movie lovers as we’ll be talking about the movies below for the next 12 months.

Last year alone, Sundance held the premieres for The Birth of a Nation, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, Love and Friendship, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street and many more films, some that appeared on The Weekend Warrior’s year-end Top 25. One or two of those might even receive Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week on January 24.

Most of the films I’ve selected
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Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' Sequel to Open Sundance

Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' Sequel to Open Sundance
The sequel to Al Gore's Oscar-winning climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth will open the Sundance Film Festival on January 19th, the former vice president announced Friday.

The documentary "follows Gore as he continues his decades-long fight to build a more sustainable future for our planet," Variety reports.

Following its Sundance premiere, the film – the title hasn't been announced – will be released to theaters later in 2017 through a distribution deal with Paramount Pictures.

"Now more than ever we must rededicate ourselves to solving the climate crisis," Gore said in a statement.
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Epix Taps Ex-Goldwyn Films Exec Ian Puente As Svp Business & Legal Affairs

Epix has named Ian Puente as Svp Business and Legal Affairs. Puente comes to Epix from Samuel Goldwyn Films where he served as General Counsel and VP Business Development. At Goldwyn Films he played a key role in acquiring titles such as Renoir, Robot & Frank, The Island President, Somm, Waiting for Lightning and The Whistleblower. Prior to Goldwyn, Ian worked for Sony Pictures Classics, where he helped negotiate deals for films including Rachel Getting Married, Midnight I…
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Audrie & Daisy’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Audrie & Daisy’
Like Kirby Dick’s recent “The Invisible War” and “The Hunting Ground,” “Audrie & Daisy” indicts a culture where sexual assault is rife, and where its perpetrators all too often escape any legal or other punitive consequences. In this case the milieu is just your apparently average American high school, as teenagers represent the most at-risk age group for such crimes at present. The title of Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s feature refers to well-underage girls violated in high-profile cases by male classmates; none of the latter received any serious punishment, while the victims subsequently committed suicide and were driven out of town, respectively. This powerful, well-crafted documentary was picked up by Netflix at Sundance; one hopes it has a long career in educational exposure ahead as well.

The film successively focuses on two cases that wound up getting national attention. At a drunken 2012 back-to-school party in Saratoga, Calif., pretty,
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Sundance: Netflix Nabs Doc 'Audrie & Daisy'

Sundance: Netflix Nabs Doc 'Audrie & Daisy'
Netflix continues its busy streak at the Sundance Film Festival, acquiring the documentary Audrie & Daisy. The documentary, in competition at the festival, follows two teenage girls from opposite sides of the country who were both sexually assaulted by boys they considered to be their friends. Harassed online and taunted at school in the wake of their assaults, each girl is driven to attempt suicide. Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (The Island President) helmed the film. “From the early days of production on Audrie & Daisy, we dreamed of distribution for the film that could reach millions of teenagers and

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Sundance: Netflix Strikes Again, Picking Up ‘Audrie & Daisy’

Sundance: Netflix Strikes Again, Picking Up ‘Audrie & Daisy’
Netflix has struck again, landing all rights to teen assault documentary “Audrie & Daisy” out of the Sundance Film Festival.

The film will premiere globally in 2016 under the Netflix Original banner. Netflix has been very active at this year’s Sundance, snapping up streaming rights to “Tallulah” with Ellen Page, “The Fundamentals of Caring” with Paul Rudd and the Farsi horror film “Under the Shadow.”

Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (“The Island President”), “Audrie & Daisy” charts the parallel stories of two teenage girls who are sexually assaulted by boys they thought were friends. They both attempt suicide after being subjected to online harassment and school bullying.

The film is critical of a legal system that it claims does not extend enough rights to abuse victims.

“Audrie & Daisy” is an AfterImage Public Media production, in association with Impact Partners and Actual Films. UTA Independent Film Group represented Impact Partners and the filmmakers.
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Un Finds Maldivian 'Island President' Mohamed Nasheed's Imprisonment To Be in Violation of International Law

Un Finds Maldivian 'Island President' Mohamed Nasheed's Imprisonment To Be in Violation of International Law
Read More: 'The Island President' Sentenced to 13 Years; Can U.S. Film Activists Make a Difference? It's been seven months since the former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, was taken to Dhoonighoo prison without trial. Having been jailed north of ten times before for his environmental activism, Nasheed is no stranger to the corrupt and unjust government of the Maldives. The documentary "The Island President," directed by John Shenk ("Lost Boys of Sudan") aimed to raise awareness for the major injustice at play back in 2011. As a result, it garnered the attention of other documentary filmmakers and political figures. Most agree that the momentum of this case can be paid in part to the massive exposure the film provided. This morning at a press conference held at London's Doughty Street Chambers, Amal Clooney (barrister at the firm) spoke alongside Nasheed's wife, Laila Ali Abdulla and Jared Gesner,
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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club.
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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically
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Sundance Institute to Host a Week of Creative Film Producing Initiatives July 28 – August 4, 2014

Sundance Institute today announced the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, both held the week of July 28 at the Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah. These activities are part of the Institute’s year-round Creative Producing Initiative, which encompasses a series of Labs, Fellowships and other signature events that support independent producers. The Creative Producing Labs and Summit wrap the summer season of 10 residential Labs hosted in Utah by Sundance Institute, collectively representing 15 weeks of residency support and mentorship for the most promising new independent film and theater projects from the United States and around the world.

Nine films, both documentary and narrative, will participate in the Labs (July 28 – August 1), where they will work with an accomplished group of Creative Advisors to develop their creative producing, communication and problem-solving skills in all stages of film production. These Producing Fellows will also receive ongoing creative and strategic support throughout the year, as well as direct granting for further development and production. This year’s Fellows represent nine projects identified by Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program and Documentary Film Program. Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, ”Independent producers play a critical role in discovering, fighting for and shaping original voices. Sundance Institute is committed to developing and supporting independent producers whose skills and tenacity are critical to maintaining the health and vibrancy of independent film.”

Immediately following the Labs, the Summit (August 1-4) takes place. The Creative Producing Summit is a three-day, invitation-only gathering that connects 40 independent filmmakers with more than 50 top film industry professionals including producers, distributors, sales agents, financiers and broadcasters to build a dialogue on film producing and the state of the independent film industry. Programmed events include case study sessions, panels, roundtable discussions, one-on-one meetings and pitching sessions. Panelists this year include Michael Barker (Sony Pictures Classics), Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Tom Quinn (Radius-twc), Paul Mezey (Journeyman Pictures), Rena Ronson (UTA), Ron Yerxa (Bona Fide Productions),

Diane Weyermann (Participant), Jessica Lacy (ICM), John Sloss (Cinetic), Jess Search (BritDoc), Kevin Iwashina (Preferred Content), Lois Vossen (Independent Lens), Ian Bricke (Netflix) and Josh Braun (Submarine).

Feature Film Creative Producing Lab

The Feature Film Creative Producing Lab allows emerging narrative feature film producers to work with an accomplished group of Creative Advisors to develop their creative and strategic instincts and skills in all stages of film production. This year’s Creative Advisors include producers Paul Mezey ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"),Pam Koffler ("Boys Don’t Cry"), Jay Van Hoy ("Love is Strange") and Julie Lynn ("Albert Nobbs").

The Fellows and projects selected for the 2014 Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship are:

Black Bats

Producing Fellows: Adam Hendricks and John Lang

Feeling cast out from society, two teens form a romantic relationship under the belief that they’re transforming into monsters. What begins as fantasy ends with horrific consequences as they both lose touch with reality. (Writer/Director: Rick Spears)

Adam Hendricks has had over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry, including development positions at The Jinks/Cohen Company and Macari Edelstein Entertainment. Adam left development to raise financing and produce the independent feature film Caroline and Jackie (Tribeca Ff 2012). He developed and produced a variety of web series for Fourth Wall Studios, including Dirty Work, winner of the 2012 Emmy for Original Interactive Programming. In 2013, Adam partnered with John Lang to form Divide & Conquer, a production company specializing in independent films, as well as commercials for clients including Ford, EA Sports and Victory Motorcycles.

John Lang began his career in Austin, Texas, working with the Austin Cinemathéque and South by Southwest Film Festival. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2008, John has worked in a variety of fields within the film industry including production, development, festivals, and sales. In 2011, John joined Rough & Tumble Films as a development and production executive, where he co-produced We Gotta Get Outta this Place (Tiff 2013). In 2013, John partnered with Adam Hendricks to form the commercial and feature film production company, Divide & Conquer.

I’m No Longer Here

Producing Fellows: Gerry Kim and Mayuran Tiruchelvam

Following the death of his older brother, a teenage Mexican boy is forced to migrate to New York City. When he arrives, he quickly realizes that the violence plaguing his home is no match for the feelings of alienation and loneliness he experiences in America. (Writer/Director: Fernando Frias)

Gerry Kim & Mayuran Tiruchelvam formed Dodgeville Films to produce humanistic narrative and documentary films. Their most recent documentary, "To Be Takei," a portrait of actor/activist GeorgeTakei, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Starz Digital Media. Gerry produced House of Suh, a feature documentary that premiered at HotDocs in 2010 and aired on MSNBC. Mayuran wrote and co-produced "The Girl is in Trouble," executive produced by Spike Lee, and line-produced "The Mend," which premiered at SXSW in 2014. In addition to " I’m No Longer Here," Gerry and Mayuran are developing Christina Choeʼs Nancy, which was selected for the 2013 Ifp Emerging Storytellers Lab, the 2013 Venice Film Festivalʼs Biennale College Cinema Program, and Film Independentʼs Fast Track. They are in post-production on the documentary Farewell, Ferris Wheel, a participant in the 2014 Film Independent Documentary Lab. They received their MFAs from Columbia University in New York City.

Microchip Blues

Producing Fellow: Riel Roch Decter

Fed up with his mundane existence working at the microchip factory, Jimmy teams up with a washed up mystic scientist to build the world's fastest microchip, win back his ex-girlfriend and save his factory from going quantum. (Writer/Director: Aaron Beckum)

Riel Roch Decter is a Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based producer and the Co-Founder of Memory, a new media and film company. Riel began his career as the Director of Production for the independent production company Olympus Pictures working on such films a "Rabbit Hole" and "Beginners." He has produced numerous awarding-winning films including the short "Night Giant"and the feature film The Wait, starring Jena Malone and Chloë Sevigny which premiered at SXSW 2013.

Tracktown, USA

Producing Fellow: Laura Wagner

In a small American town obsessed with competitive running, a famous but sheltered and lonely young runner rebels against her parents, coach and everything she’s ever known in the midst of her first Olympic Trials. (Co-Writer/Director: Jeremy Teicher, Co-Writer: Alexi Pappas)

Laura Wagner is an independent producer, founder of Bay Bridge Productions and current resident at San Francisco Film Society’s FilmHouse. She recently produced the feature film"It Felt Like Love" by Eliza Hittman, which premiered at Sundance in 2013 and opened in theaters in 2014. She also produced the film "Memorial Day" by Josh Fox, and she was Associate Producer of the documentary "John Leguizamo: Tales from a Ghetto Klown," which premiered on PBS and "Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey," the award-winning Imax film directed by the creators of "Stomp."

We the Animals

Mark Silverman Honoree & Producing Fellow: Jeremy Yaches

Based on the bestselling novel by Justin Torres,We the Animals is about the brutal yet loving dynamic of a mixed-race working class family, seen through the eyes of the youngest son, as he discovers his heritage, his sexuality and his madness. (Co-Writer/Director: Jeremiah Zagar, Co-Writer: Dan Kitrosser)

Jeremy Yaches is an Emmy-nominated producer and co-founder of Public Record, a production company that specializes in film, TV, branded content, and commercials. He produced the award-winning documentary "In A Dream," which has screened all over the world and was broadcast on HBO. A graduate of Boston University, Jeremy lives and works in Brooklyn.

Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab

The Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab allows documentary filmmakers to work intensively with award-winning Creative Advisors to hone their craft. The Lab includes sessions on financing, creative distribution, marketing and outreach for independent documentary films. This year’s Creative Advisors include Producers Bonni Cohen ("The Island President"), Brenda Coughlin ("Dirty Wars"), Josh Penn (Court 13) in addition to Nancy Willen (Acme PR), Jess Search (Britdoc), and Josh Braun (Submarine).

The Fellows and projects selected for the 2014 Documentary Film Creative Producing Fellowship are:

Transgender Youth Documentary

Director: Eric Juhola

Producer: Jeremy Stulberg

The Mathis Family in Colorado Springs struggle when their 6-year-old transgender daughter, Coy, is banned from the girl's bathroom at her elementary school. Coy's parents hire a lawyer to fight back and the family is thrust into the media spotlight, causing their lives to change forever.

Eric Juhola founded the film and television production company Still Point Pictures and produced the Gotham Award nominated documentary "Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa," winning 8 best documentary prizes at festivals around the world, followed by a theatrical release and Us broadcast on the Sundance Channel. Eric has additionally directed and produced documentaries and specials for Itvs/PBS, Discovery Channel, MTV, TLC, and TruTV, and has been featured at many film festivals including Tribeca.

Jeremy Stulberg is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and motion picture editor. His feature documentary, "Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa," co-directed with his sister Randy, screened at over 40 film festivals in the Us and Europe Jeremy has produced and edited award winning documentaries and feature films such as "My Mother’s Garden" (HotDocs, MSNBC) and "White Horse" (Berlin Ff 2008, HBO).

(T)error

Co-Directors/Producers: Lyric R. Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe

"(T)error" is the inside story of ******, an active counterterrorism informant for the FBI. Filmed on the ground, it captures the dramatic unraveling of the informant's 20-year career with the Bureau after the target of his investigation realizes that he’s been set up.

Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Lyric R. Cabral is an independent documentary filmmaker and photojournalist based in New York City. Cabral's photography has been recently published through the Gordon Parks Foundation, the Aperture Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution Photography Initiative, and National Geographic Channel UK.

David Felix Sutcliffe is an independent documentary filmmaker recently named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” His first film, "Adama," was broadcast on PBS in November 2011. Sutcliffe has worked as a cinematographer on films in Paris, Indonesia, Kenya, and Kansas, and has taught documentary film for the Harlem Children’s Zone, the Tribeca Film Institute, and the Brooklyn Arts Council since 2003.

Uncertain

Co-Directors/Co-Producers: Anna Sandilands & Ewan McNicol

On the shores of a dying lake, neighbors in the once outlaw town of Uncertain, Texas, are haunted by their pasts and battling demons for a future more certain—a tender, humorous southern gothic tale.

Anna Sandilands is a documentary filmmaker and founder of Lucid Inc. a communications company that makes work for clients based in real stories and documentary films. With Ewan McNicol she has made the short films "The Roper," "Missing," "Ufologist," "Dirt Racer," and "Oil Man" and make TV commercials and communications for clients including Google, Apple, Nike, Nokia and BlackBerry. Anna was named Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 Fresh Faces To Watch” in 2013.

Ewan McNicol is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, photographer and partner of Lucid Inc. a communications company that makes work for clients based in real stories and documentary films. With Anna Sandilands, his work has received awards including the Webby for Best Documentary, The One Club’s One Screen award for Best Documentary, an Effie and been nominated for a Cinema Eye award. Their films have been screened at film festivals including Sundance, BFI London International Film Festival, Edinburgh, SXSW, True/False, Seattle, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, Visions du Reel and Idfa. Ewan was named Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 Fresh Faces To Watch” in 2013.

Speed Sisters

Producer: Avi Goldstein

The Middle East’s first all-women motor racing team has come together in Palestine. What will it take to go further and faster than anyone thought they could? Speed Sisters captures the drive to follow your dreams against the odds, leaving in its trail shattered stereotypes about gender and the Arab world.

Avi Goldstein co-founded SocDoc Studios to produce story-driven films that engage audiences with social issues. He recently completed the documentary film "Fire Lines" (to be distributed by Journeyman Pictures) with the Ma'an Network in Bethlehem and Common Ground Productions. Avi received an BA in Psychology from Princeton University and was previously a consultant at Vantage Partners, a Boston-based negotiation and relationship management consulting firm spun out of the Harvard Negotiation Project. He recently completed an Ma in Non-Profit Management and Leadership, and facilitates interest-based negotiation and problem-solving skills workshops for high schools students. "Speed Sisters" is his first feature-length documentary.

Sundance Institute

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