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'The Space Between': Film Review

'The Space Between': Film Review
Australia's submission for best foreign-language film at next year's Oscars, The Space Between is a leisurely paced romance about an Italian man who meets a young Australian woman holidaying in his hometown. Both are stuck in jobs they don't like — he in a factory, she in a bank back home — but the pair encourage one another to dream bigger.

Australian helmer Ruth Borgobello's debut feature is heavily autobiographical, riffing on the filmmaker's own story of meeting her husband Davide Giusto — a producer here — and marks the first official co-production between Italy and Australia. Handsomely lensed by rising Dp Katie Milwright (Looking for Grace) in...
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New Class of Women at Sundance Fellows Announced

Ramona Diaz is part of the new class: Sundance

Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”), Elyse Steinberg (“Weiner”), and Jennifer Phang (“Advantageous”) are just a few of the amazing alumna of the Women at Sundance Fellows program. The Sundance Institute has announced the sixth annual class of its year-long fellowship, which includes mentorship, personal coaching, travel grants to participate in activities at Sundance Film Fest, and other forms of support.

The six women chosen to participate are “emerging and mid-career narrative and documentary directors and producers, selected from a pool of recent Sundance Institute alumnae.”

This year’s fellows include Ramona Diaz, director of “Motherland,” a doc about the world’s busiest maternity hospital, and Eliza Hittman, writer-director of “Beach Rats,” a drama about a Brooklyn teen exploring his sexuality. When Hittman won Sundance’s U.S. drama directing award for the film she said, “I think there is nothing more taboo in this country than a woman with ambition, and I am going to work my way through a system that is completely discriminatory towards women. And Hollywood, I’m coming for you.”

Check out all of the fellows and their bios below, courtesy of Sundance.

Ramona Diaz is an award-winning Asian-American filmmaker best known for her compelling character-driven documentaries that combine a profound appreciation for cinematic aesthetics and potent storytelling. Her films have demonstrated her ability to gain intimate access to the people she films — be they rock stars, first ladies, dissidents, teachers or mothers — resulting in keenly observed moments and nuanced narratives. While she has focused exclusively on stories of Filipinos and Filipino Americans, the themes of Ramona’s stories are universal. Her films have screened and won awards at Sundance, the Berlinale, Tribeca, Silverdocs, Idfa, and many other top-tier film festivals. She has received funding from Itvs, Caam, Sundance Documentary Fund, MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Institute, Catapult Film Fund, and Chicken & Egg, among others. All four of Ramona’s feature length films — Imelda, The Learning, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, and Motherland — have broadcast on either Pov or Independent Lens on PBS. She has also served on numerous film festival juries and funding panels. For the past four years, Ramona has been a film envoy for the American Film Showcase, a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the USC School of Cinematic Arts that brings American films to audiences worldwide. She has conducted master classes and production and post-production workshops all over the world, including in Iraq, Laos, Morocco, Qatar, Zimbabwe, the Congo and throughout the United States. Recently, she was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Sabrina Schmidt Gordon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker from New York City. Her editing debut won an Emmy for Wgbh’s Greater Boston Arts series, and she has continued to distinguish herself as a producer, editor, and director. Her latest film, Quest, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017. It has won Grand Jury prizes at several festivals, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where it also won the Human Rights award. Her feature debut as a producer and editor, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, also premiered at Sundance, in 2006, and was named in the Chicago Tribune’s “Best Documentaries of 2007.” In 2015, Sabrina co-produced/directed, and edited BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez. It received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Culture and Arts documentary, and won the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color award at the African Diaspora International Film Festival. Sabrina is also the co-producer and editor of Documented, the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning undocumented journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas. The film had record viewership on CNN, with over a billion impressions on Twitter, generated Oscar buzz, and was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary Film. Her television credits include The New Mad Men, which won the Imagen Award for Best National Informational Program for Maria Hinojosa’s acclaimed PBS series, America by the Numbers. Sabrina also creates content for organizations and video journalism platforms. Among these are The Ford Foundation, Frontline, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Witness, American Masters, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Agricultural Missions, the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights, and more. Her commitment to social justice extends to consulting on and producing engagement and impact campaigns for media projects. Sabrina is on the faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Cuny Graduate School of Journalism. She is co-chair of the Black Documentary Collective and serves on many media panels and juries. She is an honors graduate from New York University.

Eliza Hittman is an award-winning filmmaker, born and based in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut feature film It Felt Like Lovepremiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Next and the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Tiger Competition in 2013. It was a New York Times, The Village Voice, and Los Angeles Times Critics’ Pick. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Indie Film. She was nominated for a Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Gotham Award and two Independent Spirit Awards for It Felt Like Love, Best Cinematography and the John Cassavetes Award. Her second feature, Beach Rats was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and premiered in U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where she was given the Directing Award. The film was the Centerpiece film at New Director’s New Films and premiered internationally at Locarno. She is an Assistant Professor of Film/Video at Pratt Institute.

Angela C. Lee is a Spirit Award nominated producer dedicated to creating bold and captivating stories that promote empathy and exploration. Her first feature film Songs My Brothers Taught Me, premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. The film was distributed by Kino Lorber and nominated for multiple Spirit Awards including Best First Feature and Best Cinematography. Angela is currently in post-production on the fiction short The Row, commissioned by Indigenous Media through their Project Her Incubator and in development on fiction feature projects The Space Between, about a woman obsessed with becoming a professional bodybuilder, and Sparkle Panthers, a comedy set in the arena of eSports and multi-player online gaming. She is a 2015 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Lab Fellow and has also been supported by the Berlinale Talents and Co-Production Market, Film Independent, Ifp, PGA Diversity Workshop and the Center for Asian American Media. Angela is also the Senior Manager of Artist Development at Film Independent where she oversees the filmmaker labs program including Screenwriting, Directing, Producing, Episodic, Documentary Labs and the Fast Track Finance Market. Previously, Angela served as Director of Creative Affairs at Vox3 Films in New York. Prior to her career in entertainment, she was an Associate at Goldman Sachs. Angela currently serves as Co-President of DragonSprouts, a 501(c)3 organization that supports Mandarin Immersion language programs in the La Unified School District. A native Chicagoan now based in Los Angeles, Angela graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics.

Lana Wilson is an Emmy Award-winning director, writer, and producer based in New York. Her new film, The Departure, premiered in competition at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim. The Departure was called “A genuinely spiritual experience” by The Washington Post, “Stunning” by Filmmaker Magazine, and “Tender and quietly moving…like a haiku” by TheNew York Times. The film had a held-over New York theatrical run at Metrograph, and is now playing in additional select Us cities. Wilson’s first film, After Tiller, premiered at Sundance in 2013 and went on to win an Emmy Award for Best Documentary. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, four Cinema Eye Honors, and the Ridenhour Prize. After Tiller was theatrically released in 50 Us cities by Oscilloscope and nationally broadcast on Pov. It was named one of the five best documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review and featured in “Best of 2013” lists in the La Times, the Village Voice, Indiewire, Artforum, and more. Wilson has also worked in television, including writing and producing the premiere episode of the documentary miniseries I Am Rebel for National Geographic Studios. Previously, Wilson was the Film and Dance Curator for Performa. Wilson is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt and has also taught at UnionDocs and Dctv. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, Itvs, Candescent Films, Artemis Rising Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Ida, Nysca, and the MacDowell Colony. She holds a B.A. in Film Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University.

Lauren Wolkstein is a New York City-based filmmaker originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Her award-winning short films include Social Butterfly (2013 Sundance Film Festival), Cigarette Candy (2010 SXSW Grand Jury Prize) and The Strange Ones co-directed with Christopher Radcliff (2011 Sundance Film Festival). Lauren and Christopher adapted The Strange Ones into their first feature film of the same name, starring James Freedson-Jackson and Alex Pettyfer, which world premiered to critical acclaim at the SXSW Film Festival in 2017, receiving the Jury Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. It had its international premiere at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival where it took home the Grand Jury Prize for Best American Independent Feature Film. Vertical Entertainment and DirecTV picked it up for distribution and it will be released theatrically in January 2018. Lauren also recently completed collective:unconscious, a collaborative feature spearheaded by Dan Schoenbrun, which was the first omnibus to premiere in the Narrative Feature Competition at SXSW in 2016. Filmmaker Magazine listed her as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2013. Lauren received her Mfa in film directing from Columbia University and is an assistant professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University. Wolkstein is currently developing a project about a female player in the male-dominated world of high stakes poker.

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John Carpenter's '80s: "The Fog" and "Escape From New York"

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John Carpenter's The Fog (1980) is playing from September 9 - October 8 and Escape from New York (1981) from September 10 - October 9, 2017 in the United States as part of the series John Carpenter's '80s.A golden pocket watch hangs on the right side of the movie’s frame like a broken pendulum, or maybe a man from the gallows. It sways gently, showing five minutes before midnight. With laconic eyes and the careful accentuation of a raconteur, Mr. Michen (John Houseman) recounts to a gaggle of kids the moribund story of the Elizabeth Dane, a clipper ship captained by a wealthy man named Blake who had leprosy, and who wanted to set up a leper colony in Northern California. The ship, beset by a sudden fog bank, sailed towards a campfire mistaken for a lighthouse and crashed into the rocks. None survived. The story, which has been passed down from grandfathers to fathers to sons,
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Alien: The Best & The Worst Sequels, Prequels and Spin-offs

Ben Robins ranks every single sequel, prequel and spin-off from the Alien series, ahead of the latest addition, Alien: Covenant.

With the long-awaited Alien prequel/sequel Covenant very nearly upon us, it’s time to once again dig up one of sci-fi’s longest-running franchises, to finally, and definitively, separate the classic, from the garbage. Few expected a further forty years of movies when Ridley Scott first birthed H.R. Giger’s Xenomorph way back in 1979, let alone the idea that the very last filmmaker to take a stab at the decade-spanning nightmare fuel, would be Scott himself.

Yet here we are, no less than three direct sequels, two spin-offs and now a further two prequels later, with the original creator’s name at the helm once more. Not all are great, some are barely watchable, but among the trash and garbage that the series at some point became, there’s
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Berlinale 2017 Top Picks and Coverage Roundup

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Below you will find our favorite films of the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, as well as an index of our coverage.Awardstop PICKSGiovanni Marchini CamiaI.On the Beach at Night AloneII.Bright NightsIII.Ulysses in the Subway, The Other Side of Hope, The Party, El Mar La Mar, Railway Sleepers, UntitledYaron DahanI.El Mar La MarII.The Other Side of HopeHave a Nice DayIII.On Body and SoulCOVERAGEGiovanni Marchini CamiaRead | How Political Is the Berlinale?: On Berlin's Critics' Week and Étienne Comar's DjangoRead | Family Dinners and Parisian Hotels: On Oren Moverman's The Dinner and Neïl Beloufa's OccidentalRead | Getting Better—and Funnier: On Aki Kaurismäki's The Other Side of Hope and Sally Potter's The PartyRead | Chromesthetic Delirium and Documentary Spontaneity: On Marc Downie, Paul Kaiser, Flo Jacobs & Ken Jacobs' Ulysses in the Subway and Michael Glawogger & Monika Willi's UntitledYaron DahanRead | Elemental Poetics: On J.
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Third Trailer for Awkward Boy from Mars Film 'The Space Between Us'

"His heart can't handle our gravity, it's too risky!" Stx Entertainment has debuted one more trailer for the cheesy romantic drama The Space Between Us, about a boy born on Mars who returns to Earth and falls in love with a young woman from Colorado. We've seen so many trailers for this already, and the film was delayed from being release last fall, until this February (supposedly to distance itself from the release of two other big space movies last December - Rogue One and Passengers). Asa Butterfield plays the boy, and Britt Robertson plays the girl he falls for and chases all over Earth. The full cast includes Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman, Bd Wong, Janet Montgomery, and Jenny Gabrielle. Will this end up being worth the wait? I'm not so sure, but hopefully they won't delay the release any further. I just want to see this already. Here's the
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Set Visit Interview: Talking War For The Planet Of The Apes With Terry Notary and Karin Konoval

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While visiting the set for War For The Planet Of The Apes in Vancouver, Canada, we had the opportunity to speak Terry Notary and Karin Konoval who play Rocket and Maurice in the film.

Here is what they had to say:

You worked on Tim Burton version of Planet of the Apes, how has it changed with you working on these films?

Terry Notary: Looking back I just say how young and naive I was, we really come so far with the performances. The approach is different, it's become something more about giving the audience something real, treat them intelligently and delve into deeper about being human beings and know what makes a great ape is being a deep rooted connected human being. We have come a long way from that first movie. The more we evolve with the technology the more subtleties we can trust that are going to come through.
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Has the ‘Frequel’ Ruined the Hollywood Blockbuster?

Anghus Houvouras on whether the ‘frequel’ has ruined the Hollywood blockbuster…

Death is probably the most overused metaphor in the arsenal of the film writer. In this age of binary theory, everything is either a masterpiece or a piece of shit. So the idea that terrible movies have started to erode the very fabric of the cinematic experience are fairly commonplace among the laziest of online columnists.

There have been columns about the so-called ‘death’ of movies for years. There are always an odd collection of supposed film lovers who seem invested in the idea that the medium they write about is always one bad fiscal quarter away from spiraling into oblivion. When television was introduced, pundits questioned the life expectancy of cinema. When the Vcr was introduced giving people the option to watch movies at home, pundits began to wonder if the cineplexes would shutter. Then it was DVD,
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Stx Shifts Release Dates For ‘Bye Bye Man’ & ‘The Space Between Us’

Stx Shifts Release Dates For ‘Bye Bye Man’ & ‘The Space Between Us’
Stx Entertainment has made two release-date changes to its upcoming schedule. First, the horror film Bye Bye Man is being moved from December 9 to January 13. The change was made after the pic was first slotted in October around Halloween, then moved up to June, then back to December. Now, it’s being pushed to next year at a time when horror films traditionally have opened well. Meanwhile, after switching places with its Bad Moms release date, sci-fi film The Space Between
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‘The Martian’ meets ‘Room’ in this new Gary Oldman movie

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‘The Martian’ meets ‘Room’ in this new Gary Oldman movie
Confession: I hadn’t heard anything about The Space Between Us before clicking on the trailer for it today. Watching it, seeing the trailer’s opening seconds show a crew of astronauts bound for Mars, I thought, “Oh man, these guys must hate that they’re releasing this in the shadow of The Martian.” The rest of the trailer banished that thought completely. Yes, The Space Between Us starts with scientists on Mars. But, despite one line in this preview that is the very three words of The Martian’s tagline (“Bring him home”), it looks like a totally different movie, one that may have more in common with Room than with Ridley Scott’s movie about the Red Planet. It looks like most of this will take place on Earth (and that doesn’t mean at Jpl). The Space Between Us is about a boy named Gardner. On the
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MGM Developing Nascar Movie With ‘Empire’ Co-Exec Producer (Exclusive)

MGM Developing Nascar Movie With ‘Empire’ Co-Exec Producer (Exclusive)
MGM is revving its engines in the world of Nascar, tapping “Empire” co-executive producer Robert Munic to write an untitled movie set in the racing community.

Though they are not yet attached yet as producers, MGM TV president Mark Burnett and Roma Downey brought the project to the film division. The couple previously partnered on a television series revolving around the sport.

While they continue to develop the series, Burnett and Downey still had access to the rights, and brought the property to MGM chairman and CEO, Gary Barber, who who pushed a film project forward.

Nascar will continue to work with MGM and Munic in developing the project. Plot details are unknown at this time, other than the fact that it will be set in the world of Nascar.

Along with producing Fox drama “Empire,” Munic’s past credits including “Fighting” with Channing Tatum and “The Space Between.”

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Ifp Awards First Ever Phosphate Prize for Films with Strong Female Leads to Philiane Phang

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Ifp Awards First Ever Phosphate Prize for Films with Strong Female Leads to Philiane Phang
Read More: 'Carol' Producer Christine Vachon on the Past, Present and Future of Indie Filmmaking The Independent Filmmaker Project, in conjunction with Phosphate Productions, has chosen Philiane Phang as the recipient of the Phosphate Prize at Ifp. The Phosphate Prize, accompanied by a $25,000 grant, is awarded to recognize feature film screenplays that focus on strong and complex female leads. Phang was announced as the winner of the Phosphate Prize as part of Ifp's Film Week. Phang is a self-described "recovering lawyer" whose family emigrated from Jamaica. She began writing after being dissatisfied with the roles she was receiving as an actress. Her first film, the short "Serena Strong," premiered at the 2014 Bet/HBO Urbanworld Film Festival. "The Space Between," the screenplay for which Phang won the award, tells the story of a professional female bodybuilder as she struggles to define who she is. Read More: Why We Bought Your Film: Top.
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Ifp names inaugural Phosphate Prize At Ifp winner

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Writer-director Philiane Phang will receive the honour, which includes a $25,000 grant funded by Phosphate Productions.

The Phosphate Prize At Ifp was created to recognise narrative feature film screenplays that “provide a strong and complex lead female character.”

The unrestricted cash grant also encourages the recipient to continue on her or his career path of writing and making quality independent films.

Phang was announced during Ifp Independent Film Week and was selected from a pool of more than 260 applicants.

She intends to use the grant to produce her first narrative feature, The Space Between.
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Sundance Institute Selects Projects and Panelists for Creative Film Producing Labs and Summit

Sundance Institute has announced the participants for its weeklong Creative Film Producing Initiative at the Sundance Resort in Utah, July 27 – August 3, including nine feature film and documentary projects for the Creative Producing Labs and more than 50 industry leaders for the Creative Producing Summit.

The Institute’s Creative Producing Initiative encompasses a year-round series of Labs, Fellowships, granting and events focusing on nurturing the next generation of independent producers and renewing the community of veteran producers who sustain the vibrancy and vitality of independent film.

The Feature Film Creative Producing Lab (July 27 – July 31) identifies emerging producers and, under the guidance of Creative Advisors, allows them to develop their creative instincts and evolve their communicating and problem-solving skills at all stages of their feature film project. This year’s Creative Advisors include producers Lindsay Doran ("Sense and Sensibility"), Lynette Howell Taylor (The Place Beyond the Pines), Gina Kwon ("Me You and Everyone We Know"), Paul Mezey ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Jay Van Hoy (

"Beginners" ) and director Matthew Ross ("28 Hotel Rooms" ).

The Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab (July 27 – August 1) brings together documentarians with award-winning Advisors to focus on their current projects to explore the wide range of creative approaches to distribution, outreach and impact strategies. This year’s Creative Advisors include producers Julie Goldman ( "Best of Enemies"), Bonni Cohen ("3 1/2 Minutes," "10 Bullets"), Ryan Werner (Cinetic), Maxyne Franklin (Britdoc), and Wendy Cohen (Picture Motion).

The Creative Producing Summit takes place immediately following the Labs, July 31 – August 3. More than 50 industry leaders will participate in a series of curated panels, case studies, roundtables, and one-on-one meetings addressing critical issues producers face including financing, distribution, audience engagement, marketing and sustainability. Panelists this year include Len Amato (HBO Films),

Michael Barker (Sony Pictures Classics), Dori Begley (Magnolia Pictures), Josh Braun (Submarine), Dan Cogan (Impact Partners), Victoria S. Cook (Frankfurt Kurnit), Danielle Di Giacomo (The Orchard), Fred Dust (Ideo), Ted Hope (Amazon), Micah Green (CAA), John Hoffman (Discovery Channel), Marcus Hu (Strand Releasing), Charles King (MacRo), Jessica Lacy (ICM Partners), Stephanie Langhoff (Duplass Brothers), David Magdael (Tcdm Associates), Victor Moyers (Broad Green), Annie Roney (ro*co Films), John Sloss (Cinetic Media), Graham Taylor (William Morris Endeavor), and Jay Van Hoy (Parts & Labor).

The Fellows and projects selected for the 2015 Feature Film Creative Producing Lab are:

"50 Miles From Boomtown"

Producing Fellow: Alex Scharfman

After years of saving for her hard-earned dream, the only woman working on the fracking fields of North Dakota can finally quit but unexpectedly finds herself falling in love with the young man she's training to take her place. (writer/director Flo Linus Baumann).

Alex Scharfman is a New York-based producer whose past feature credits include "The Heart Machine" and "Lyle," as well as the short film "Superior," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, and the WGA Award-nominated webseries "F to 7th." He is an executive at Parts & Labor Films where he worked on films including "Keep The Lights On" and "Loitering with Intent." He has also produced content for Vice, Google, the Ford Foundation, and At&T. Alex received his BA from Cornell University, is a former Mfa candidate from Nyu’s Tisch School of the Arts, and received his Mba from Nyu’s Stern School of Business.

"Bexar County"

Mark Silverman Honorees and Producing Fellows: Blake Pickens and Stephen Love Jr.

In sunny San Antonio, Texas, where nothing ever changes, a town is turned on its head when a delusional Texas housewife accidentally poisons her son’s fiancée, learning that killing people is an efficient way to solve her problems. (Co-writer/director Catherine Grieve, co-writer Dylan Slocum)

Blake Pickens is from the south side of Oklahoma City, from a neighborhood known as the Flats. Despite the community’s rampant drug use and gang wars, Blake found his way into storytelling with a writing position at National Lampoon. He later attended the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC where he and his producing partner, Stephen Love Jr., formed their company Bs Pictures. They are currently in pre-production on the Steven Caple Jr.’s film The Land and in development on "The Friendship Nine" with producer Nina Yang Bongiovi. Blake’s aspirations are to tell the stories that make people laugh, cry, and ultimately impact their lives.

Stephen Love Jr. grew up in the rural towns of Filbert and Bennettsville, South Carolina. During his time as a business major at Morehouse College, Love founded the Morehouse Filmmakers' Association, for which Spike Lee is the honorary advisor. He also received his Mfa from USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program and formed Bs Pictures with fellow graduate Blake Pickens. Love’s primary career goal is to produce film and television that gives "a voice to the voiceless" while challenging the confines of the business of filmmaking.


Producing Fellow: Drew Houpt

A restless teenager becomes obsessed with a mysterious Colombian woman who exploits his desire and lures him into her plot for revenge. (Writer/director Mary Angélica Molina)

Drew Houpt is an independent producer based in Brooklyn. For over ten years he was the head of operations at Mike Zoss Productions, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Tribeca-based production company. During that time he worked on the Academy Award-winning "No Country For Old Men" and the Academy Award-nominated "A Serious Man" and "True Grit." He served as Associate Producer on the Coens’ Grand Prix-winning "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Academy Award-winning film "Birdman: or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance." This past year he co-produced Maris Curran’s directorial-debut "Five Nights in Maine" and produced "Every Day,' a short documentary for Espn’s 30 for 30 Shorts series that had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. He has also produced music videos for the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang and an experimental documentary, "When A Priest Marries A Witch," by Suzanne Bocanegra.

"Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A Terrorist"

Producing Fellow: Deanna Barillari

When Iranian-born Rita Mahtoubian sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary, she accidentally captures the attention of a homeland security agent in this satirical comedy about romance, terrorism and trying to be a better person. (Co-writers/directors Roja Gashtili & Julia Lerman)

Upon graduating Nyu Tisch, Deanna Barillari co-founded a non-profit theater company producing Off-Off-Broadway plays, including the NYC premiere of Leslye Headland's "Cinephilia" (2008), which funded in-school arts initiatives in the NYC Public School system. She then went on to work in TV on NBC's "Mercy" (2009), CBS’ "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (2010), ABC’s "Pan Am," 86th Oscars (Ellen DeGeneres; 2014) and in Drama Development at Universal Television. Recently, she collaborated with AFI Dww Fellows Roja Gashtili and Julia Lerman, producing their web-series K(ID) starring Caterina Scorsone ("Grey's Anatomy") and their short "Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A Terrorist" starring Patrick Fugit ("Almost Famous") which made its World Premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. She also produces for the La based Ovation Award-winning Iama Theatre Company.

"The Space Between"

Producing Fellow: Angela C. Lee

A female body builder devotes her life to turning ‘pro’ when she unexpectedly falls in love, forcing her to confront her fractured past with her dying father. (Writer/director Philiane Phang)

Angela C. Lee is a Los Angeles based independent producer. She produced "Songs My Brothers Taught Me," which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and recently screened in the Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival. Angela is also the Artist Development Manager at Film Independent, where she oversees the selection process and curriculum for the Filmmaker Labs program, including Screenwriting, Directing, Producing, and Documentary Labs, the Fast Track Finance Market and the Fox Writers Intensive, managed in conjunction with Fox Audience Strategy. Previously, Angela served as Director of Creative Affairs at New York based Vox3 Films. Prior to her career in film, Angela was an Associate at Goldman Sachs. A native Chicagoan, Angela graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics and is on the Board of Directors for the University of Chicago National Arts Alumni Network.

The Fellows and projects selected for the 2015 Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab are:


Co-Directors/Producers: Jessica Dimmock & Christopher Lamarca

"Brick" reveals the raw emotional and physical experience of being a middle aged to senior transgender woman coming out for the first time in the Pacific Northwest. The film follows three intersecting stories of individuals who have lived their whole lives as men and decided this burdensome secret is one they can no longer keep.

Jessica Dimmock is the recipient of the 2013 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest as the director and cinematographer of the online feature, "Too Young to Wed." In 2010, Dimmock won Kodak's Best Cinematography Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival for "Without." The film premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, received an Independent Spirit Award, and was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award. Dimmock contributed two short films to Doctors Without Borders' Emmy-nominated campaign, “Starved for Attention.” Her first photojournalism project, “The Ninth Floor” was published as a monograph. Most recently, she worked as photographer and videographer for Emmy-nominated HBO series, "The Weight of the Nation." She is represented by VII agency.

Christopher Lamarca is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker and based in Portland, Oregon. Lamarca has recently entered post-production on his first feature length film, "Boone." In 2012, it was chosen as one of eight films for Film Independent's Documentary Film lab. Lamarca's monograph, “Forest Defenders: The Confrontational American Landscape ” was published by PowerHouse Books in 2008. He was chosen to participate in the International Center of Photography’s triennial exhibition (2007), New York Photo festival (2009) and Lishui photo festival in China (2010). He reported on environmental and energy issues for magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ, Fortune, and Newsweek.

"The Island and the Whales" (working title)

Directore/Producer: Mike Day

The pilot whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, and the seabirds populations collapse, environmental changes threaten to change the community and their way of life forever.

Mike Day is a Scottish director and producer. Formerly a lawyer in London and the Middle East he founded Intrepid Cinema in 2009 before heading out into the North Atlantic to make his previous film. His debut documentary "The Guga Hunters of Ness" broadcast on the BBC in 2011 and screened at festivals internationally to critical acclaim. It was while at sea in the Atlantic that he met a group of Faroese sailors, leading to his next film. Mike was listed as one of '10 Filmmakers to Watch' by Filmmaker Magazine, he was one of Edn's ’12 for the Future 2012’, and is supported by the Scottish Documentary Institute's Docscene programme. Intrepid Cinema also has two other feature documentaries in development.

"The Road From Hainan"

Director/Producer: Nanfu Wang

State surveillance. Harassment. Imprisonment. Human rights activist Ye Haiyan, Aka Sparrow, knew she faced these risks when she went to Hainan Province to seek justice for six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. But the scale and intensity of the government's reaction surprised even the most seasoned activists across China.

"The Road From Hainan" follows Sparrow as she was chased from town to town by local governments, national secret police, and even her own neighbors. Nanfu Wang is a documentary filmmaker based in New York. Originally from a remote village in China, Wang overcame poverty and lack of access to formal secondary education and went on to earn graduate degrees in communications and documentary film from universities in China and the United States. Her work often features the stories of marginalized or mistreated people, from Chinese blood donors stricken with HIV after being issued used needles by the government to the left-behind children of migrant laborers. During the production of her first full-length documentary, Wang lived on the streets of Miami with a homeless former drug dealer who relied on the kindness of strangers for his survival. Wang’s short films have been distributed on many platforms and translated into several languages, and she continues to seek out and tell the stories of people who have been ignored by their societies.

"Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four"

Director/Producer: Deborah Esquenazi

"Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four" excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez — four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of allegedly gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. The film also unravels the sinister interplay of mythology, homophobia and prosecutorial fervor which led to this modern day witch hunt during the 'Satanic Sexual Abuse Panic' of the late-80's and early-90's in the United States.

Deborah S. Esquenazi is an Austin, Texas-based documentary film and radio producer, instructor, and journalist. Her in-progress documentary feature, "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four," has received international attention for its investigation into this controversial criminal case, and has been mentioned in Forbes Magazine, New York Times, Texas Observer, Vice Magazine, among others. Her film and radio documentaries have been funded by Chicken & Egg Pictures, Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program | John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Initiative, Humanities Texas, Astraea Global Arts Fund, and many others.
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Congrats to 'The Space Between,' Indiewire's Project of the Year!

Congrats to 'The Space Between,' Indiewire's Project of the Year!
Johnson will head to the Tribeca Film Institute's Filmmaker and Industry Meetings at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. The Tfi Filmmaker and Industry Meetings (known as Tfi Network), a premiere networking forum of one-on-one industry meetings, will be held April 21-22 during the Tribeca Film Festival.  The forum encourages the discovery of new projects by introducing industry participants to a carefully curated group of scripted, documentary and new media filmmakers and content creators participating in Tfi programs, including Tribeca All Access, the Tfi Sloan Filmmaker Fund, the Tfi Documentary Fund, the Tfi Latin America Fund and the Tfi New Media fund. Read More: Cheat on Project of the Year and the Project Will Lose. End of Story. In case you forgot, here's the pitch that helped "The Space Between" snag the prize: "The Space Between" is a heartfelt comedy that dives deep into tough issues such as intimate betrayal, maternal grief and the.
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Amy Jo Johnson Performs Street Concert in Pink Power Ranger Costume

Amy Jo Johnson Performs Street Concert in Pink Power Ranger Costume
So grateful for the love today!! Marc levy!! @xkisskisskillx !! @jdfffn !! So fun! the space between! Come! Be part of the team. A photo posted by Amy Jo Johnson (@atothedoublej) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:16pm Pst One of the Power Rangers is taking to the streets to fight for underfunded indie movies everywhere. Amy Jo Johnson, the Pink Power Ranger herself, delighted fans in Toronto Friday when she rocked the Canadian city in her character's iconic outfit as a thank-you to fans who helped her fund her upcoming film The Space Between. Johnson, who wrote, directed and stars in the film,
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Amy Jo Johnson Gets Back Into Her Pink Power Ranger Costume

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Once a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, always a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger!Amy Jo Johnson, the original Pink Ranger, slipped back into her infamous costume on Friday as part of a promise to her fans who helped raise money for a new film. That's her above with her adorable daughter Francesca.The actress was trying to raise $75,000 on Indiegogo for the project "The Space Between" -- and was challenged by the original Blue Ranger, David Yost, to perform a song in public, in costume, if they met the goal before the November 15 deadline.Well, it looks like the challenge really got people excited -- and on Friday, Johnson made good on her dare. Clad in pink, with a guitar in hand, the 44-year-old actress/singer rocked out on the streets of Toronto.Pretty cool, right?! Check out the gallery above to see what more of the Rangers look like now.
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‘Power Rangers’ Star Amy Jo Johnson Performs Music in Pink Ranger Costume (Video)

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‘Power Rangers’ Star Amy Jo Johnson Performs Music in Pink Ranger Costume (Video)
Go, go “Power Rangers!” Original Pink Ranger actress Amy Jo Johnson suited up to sing in the streets of Toronto last weekend after reaching her $75,000 goal on Indiegogo for a campaign to fund her directorial debut, “The Space Between.” Also read: Green Ranger Jason David Frank Promises Cameo in 'Power Rangers' Movie The feature-length film is a comedy about a proud new father who discovers his child is not his own, so he sets out on a journey find the biological father. What does that have to do with Johnson's “Power Rangers” past? See photos: 'Power Rangers': Where Are the Mighty Morphin Actors Now?
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Here's Why Pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson Put on Her Power Rangers Suit and Performed on the Streets of Toronto

Here's Why Pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson Put on Her Power Rangers Suit and Performed on the Streets of Toronto
The Power Rangers were never afraid to accept a challenge. So it should come as no surprise that actress Amy Jo Johnson, better known as the woman behind Pink Ranger, happily agreed to perform on the streets of Toronto if, and only if, she could raise enough money for her upcoming film, The Space Between. Before we get to her memorable performance, you may be curious to find out who suggested such a random idea. Well, turns out we have Power Rangers castmember David Yost to thank. "As your friend, I've got a challenge for you," he shared in a YouTube video. "I challenge you to go out in a large public space. I challenge you to take your guitar and I challenge you to sing. But the catch is,...
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Why the Pink Power Ranger Put Her Suit Back On and Performed

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Something amazing happened over the weekend. Unsuspecting residents of Toronto may have been shocked to see Amy Jo Johnson, the original Pink Power Ranger herself, decked out in her old suit and singing on the streets. No, she wasn't panhandling. She had accepted a dare from her former costar David Yost, aka the Blue Power Ranger. He told her that if she could raise all the funds needed for her indie film The Space Between before her deadline, she would have to go and sing in a public place. Johnson accepted, and here we all are wishing it was 1994 again. (Good thing there's a Power Rangers reboot in the works!) Here's the original dare from Yost. And, well, she did it.
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