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Meet the Film Independent Fellows Taking Their Project to This Year’s Sundance

It’s been a month of record snowfall across Utah’s picaresque Wasatch Valley. Which, of course, means that at this very moment many of your favorite independent filmmakers and Hollywood superstars are laboring under imminent threat of a devastating ACL injury. That’s right: with the 2023 Sundance Film Festival underway and in person following two years of COVID-necessitated virtual programming, we’re just one patch of black ice and an ill-timed step off the Java Cow entryway from Anne Hathaway being airlifted to the Mountain West Hospital surgical ward and affixed with a brand-new titanium robofoot.

Say a special prayer or secular incantation, then, for our robust roster of 2023 Sundance filmmakers who are also Film Independent Fellows. And by “Fellows” here we of course mean filmmakers who have been directly supported by Film Independent’s Lab ProgramsProject InvolveFast Track and Fiscal Sponsorship programs, as well as Emerging Filmmaker Award winners and grant recipients. Remember: stay warm and traverse slowly!

Below, please find the 39 Film Independent Fellows with projects—across all programming categories—currently loosing their chapstick and gloves on the Sundance and Park City Transit shuttle systems. For more info about Film Independent Artist Development, see our website.

 

PREMIERES

‘Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields’
  • Helen Estabrook, Producer, Cat Person
  • Justin Chon, Director/Writer/Executive Producer, Jamojaya
    • Someone to Watch Award, 2018
  • Ante Cheng, Cinematographer, Jamojaya
    • Grant winner/recipient, 2019
    • Project Involve, 2018
  • Ramin Bahrani, Executive Producer, A Little Prayer
    • Grant winner/recipient, 2008
  • Tracy Tragos, Director/Producer, Plan C
  • Jess Jacobs, Executive Producer, Plan C
  • Lana Wilson, Director, Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields
  • Christine O’Malley, Producer, Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields
  • Brock Williams, Co-Producer, It’s Only Life After All
  • Pamela Koffler, Producer, It’s Only Life After All
    • Grant winner/recipient, 2000

 

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION

‘The Persian Version’
  • Raven Jackson, Director/Writer, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt
  • Jomo Fray, Cinematographer, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt
    • Project Involve, 2017
    • Grant winner/recipient, 2017
    • Grant winner/recipient, 2019
  • Maria Altamirano, Producer, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt
    • Fast Track, 2020
    • Producing Lab, 2020
  • Heather Rae, Executive Producer, Fancy Dance
    • Grant winner/recipient, 2009
  • Andrew Carlberg, Executive Producer, Mutt
  • Silas Howard, Executive Producer, Mutt
    • Directing Lab, 2007
    • Producing Lab, 2006
  • Maryam Keshavarz, Producer, The Persian Version
    • Fast Track, 2014
    • Producing Lab, 2006
  • Luca Borghese, Executive Producer, The Persian Version
  • Hieu Ho, Producer, Shortcomings

 

U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

‘Going Varsity in Mariachi’
  • Molly O’Brien, Producer, The Disappearance of Shere Hite
    • CNN Docuseries Fellowship, 2020
  • Sam Osborn, Director, Going Varsity in Mariachi
    • CNN Docuseries Fellowship, 2021
  • Alejandra Vasquez, Director, Going Varsity in Mariachi
    • CNN Docuseries Fellowship, 2021
  • Dee Rees, Executive Producer, Little Richard: I Am Everything
    • Grant winner/recipient, 2010
  • Amy Hobby, Producer, Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV
    • Fast Track, 2013
    • Grant winner/recipient, 2013
  • Carolina Costa, Cinematographer, Herotic

 

NEXT

‘The Tuba Thieves’
  • Alysa Nahmias, Consulting Producer, The Tuba Thieves
    • Fiscally Sponsored project
    • Doc Lab, 2020
    • Fast Track, 2013
    • Grant winner/recipient, 2012
  • Laura Wagner, Producer, Fremont
    • Grant winner/recipient, 2016
  • Shane Boris, Producer, King Coal
  • Thembi Banks, Director/Producer,  Wild. Free.
  • Dennis Zanatta, Cinematographer,  Wild. Free.

 

MIDNIGHT

‘Talk to Me’
  • Samantha Jennings, Producer, Talk to Me

 

SPOTLIGHT

‘Joyland’
  • Saim Sadiq, Director, Joyland
  • Apoorva Charan, Producer, Joyland
    • Fast Track, 2020
    • Producing Lab, 2020
    • Project Involve, 2019
  • April Shih, Producer, Joyland
  • Sabiha Sumar, Producer, Joyland

 

KID

‘Blueback’
  • Jonathan Duffy, Associate Producer, Blueback
    • Fast Track, 2016
    • Grant winner/recipient, 2019

 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

‘Stephen Curry: Underrated’
  • Sian Heder, Director/Writer, CODA
  • Peter Nicks, Director/Producer, Stephen Curry: Underrated
    • Grant winner/recipient, 2013

 

SHORT FILM PROGRAM

‘In the Flesh’
  • Lexi Tannenholtz, Producer, In the Flesh

 

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(Header:Justin Chon’s Jamojaya)

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Monica has a BA in Journalism and English from the University of Massachusetts and an MS in Journalism and Communications from Quinnipiac University. Monica has worked as a journalist for over 20 years covering all things entertainment. She has covered everything from San Diego Comic-Con, The SAG Awards, Academy Awards, and more. Monica has been published in Variety, Swagger Magazine, Emmy Magazine, CNN, AP, Hidden Remote, and more. For the past 10 years, she has added PR and marketing to her list of talents as the president of Prime Entertainment Publicity, LLC. Monica is ready for anything and is proudly obsessed with pop culture.

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