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Sundance Institute Sets Participants For 2022 Producers Lab And Summit – Deadline

The Sundance Institute has named the individuals for its 2022 Producers Lab and Summit, each of that are set to happen in particular person this year at Utah’s Sundance Mountain Resort.

The Fellows and tasks chosen for the Lab’s Feature Film Program are Apoorva Guru Charan (The Rotting Of Casey Culpepper), Leah Chen Baker (The President’s Cake), Eli Raskin (Starfuckers), Chloe Sabin (Sales Per Hour), and the duo of Helena Sardinha and Doménica Castro (Huella). Those set for the Lab’s Documentary Film Program are Lindsey Dryden (Untitled Dwarfism Project), Yoni Golijov (Untitled Sura Mallouh Project), Dawne Langford (Untitled Baltimore Project), Neyda Martinez (Bartolo) and Igor Myakotin (Queendom).

Jade Jackson (Losa), Lauren Lopez de Victoria (Forward), Fox Maxy (Water Tight), Albert Tholen and Aiko Masubuchi (Earthquake), and Séverine Tibi (Birthday) will take part within the Producers Summit on the Fiction Features side, with Nonfiction Feature individuals to incorporate Jude Chehab (Q), Amber Espinosa-Jones (Standing Above the Clouds), Jamie Gonçalves (The Monster and the Storm), Maliyamungu Muhande (Nine Days a Week), Julia Solomonoff (The Illusion of an Everlasting Summer) and Jacob Thomas (Deep Taxonomy Documentary Project).

Taking place this year from July 25-28, the Producers Lab helps rising indie producers via each group classes and one-on-one conferences with veteran producer advisors to hone their inventive instincts, communication and problem-solving expertise and to develop methods for pitching, financing, manufacturing, and navigating {the marketplace}. Advisors for the upcoming Feature Film Program embrace David Hinojosa (Bodies Bodies Bodies), Amy Lo (Nancy), Riva Marker (The Guilty), Josh Penn (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Jason Michael Berman (Nine Days). Those advising Documentary Program individuals are Daffodil Altan (PBS Frontline sequence producer), Violet Feng (Hidden Letters), Andrea Meditch (Ernie & Joe), Bob Moore (Midwives) and Amanda Spain (MSNBC Films).

Taking place from July 29-31, the Producers Summit convenes rising and mid-career fiction and nonfiction producers with trade specialists to achieve important information and make significant connections to advance their tasks. This year’s program will embrace panels, roundtables, one-on-one conferences and a keynote tackle by interdisciplinary artist and activist Glenn Kaino.

Additional trade individuals attending the 2022 Summit, to delve into learnings from the previous year and talk about the way forward for their subject, embrace Maria Altamirano (Son of Monarchs), Maggie Bowman (Indie Media Arts Group), Josh Braun (Submarine Entertainment), Gabby Canton (Orion Pictures), Liz Cardenas (7 Days), Deniese Davis (Reform Media Group), Scott Foundas (Amazon Studios), Jannat Gargi (Westbrook Inc), Emilie Georges (Paradise City Films), Anna Godas (Dogwoof), Wyck Godfrey (Temple Hill Entertainment), Elizabeth Grave (Sony Stage 6 Films), Eliza Hajek (SAGindie), Poppy Hanks (Macro), Alex Hannibal (CNN Films), Jessica Harrop (Sandbox Films), Kevin Iwashina (Endeavor Content), Sarah Kim (I Was a Simple Man), Jessica Lacy (Sales Agent), Dylan Leiner (Sony Pictures Classics), Anjanette Levert (The Only Doctor), Amira Lewally (A&E Indie Films), Maida Lynn (Genuine Article Pictures), David Magdael (David Magdael & Associates), Michelle Momplaisir (Focus Features), Lisa Nishimura (Netflix), Brianna Oh (Amazon Studios), Tommy Oliver (Confluential Films), Beth Osisek (Hulu), Chan Phung (Searchlight Pictures), Jason Ropell (Mubi), Mikey Schwartz-Wright (UTA), John Sloss (Cinetic Media), Avril Speaks (Distribution Advocates), Scott Shooman (IFC Films), Rory Thost (Participant Media), Lois Vossen (ITVS), Jason Wald (Neon) and Alex Walton (WME Entertainment).

“It has been three years since we have been able to gather in person, and over this time, the landscape for independent storytelling has shifted dramatically. It’s never been more critical to work to create a sustainable future for independent producers, a key priority for the Lab and Summit,” stated Producing and Artist Support Director Shira Rockowitz and Documentary Film Program Deputy Director Kristin Feeley. “The Producers Summit is a unique space that brings together producers and industry to advance bold, independent projects and address timely questions and issues in the field. We are excited to convene and build community through these vital conversations.”

In addition to the annual Labs and Summit, Sundance’s Producer Program hosts an Intensive within the fall, an annual orientation for Sundance Film Festival producers, and the Producers Awards, supported by Amazon Studios, recognizing each fiction and nonfiction producers on the Sundance Film Festival’s Producers Celebration. More data on Fellows and tasks chosen for the Producers Lab could be discovered beneath.

Feature Film Program

The Rotting Of Casey Culpepper (U.S.A.)
Producing Fellow: Apoorva Guru Charan

A younger lady battling leukemia and her single father fall right into a effectively of paranoia when she experiences visions of a tumor-covered creature.

Apoorva Charan is an LA-based producer whose movie Joyland premiered on the seventy fifth Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard and received the Jury Prize and Queer Palm. With an MFA in Film from Columbia University, Charan has participated in Project Involve, Film Independent’s Producing Lab, and Women in Film’s Emerging Producers program.

The President’s Cake (Iraq, U.S.A.)
Producing Fellow and Mark Silverman Honoree: Leah Chen Baker

While people wrestle day by day to outlive beneath sanctions in Saddam’s Iraq, nine-year-old Saeed should use his wits to collect substances for the necessary cake to rejoice President Saddam Hussein’s birthday or face the implications – jail or demise.

Leah Chen Baker is an unbiased producer and filmmaker. She produced Jamie Dack’s debut characteristic, Palm Trees And Power Lines, which premiered at Sundance 2022 and received the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award. She is a Media Services Producing Award recipient and a Producers Guild of America member.

Starfuckers (U.S.A.)
Producing Fellow: Eli Raskin

A high-end rentboy living an insular life within the Hollywood Hills turns into obsessive about a mysterious star of the underground drag scene. His identification known as into question and life begins to unravel as he discovers the true goal of his new friend.

Eli Raskin is the co-founder of the manufacturing company Field Trip. Narrative credit embrace Starfuckers (Sundance/Berlinale), Coded (Tribeca), Beast Beast (Sundance, SXSW), and Union County (Berlinale). Music Videos: The Weeknd, Bad Bunny, Megan Thee Stallion, Alicia Keys, H.E.R, Doechii, and so on. Live Performance: Coachella, The Oscars, BBMAs, B.E.T. Awards, Jimmy Fallon & Seth Meyers. Commercials: Prada, Google, Nike, Spotify, Tory Burch, and so on.

Sales Per Hour (U.S.A.)
Producing Fellow: Chloe Sabin

A prime gross sales associate at a luxurious clothes retailer in New York City turns into engulfed in a case introduced in opposition to her company for housing an assault that occurred inside a dressing room, beneath her watch.

Chloe Sabin produced Michelle Uranowitz & Daniel Jaffe’s quick movie Sales Per Hour, which premiered at SXSW 2021 and is featured in Showtime’s “Spotlights” sequence highlighting rising voices in movie. She co-produced Jeremy Hersh’s characteristic debut, The Surrogate, which premiered at SXSW in 2020 and is now streaming on Starz.

Huella (U.S.A. / Dominican Republic)
Producing Fellows: Helena Sardinha and Doménica Castro

A Dominican flamenco dancer prepares for a life-changing audition in NYC when she receives information that her grandmother handed. By abstaining from a household spiritual custom, she unleashes a generational curse tracing back to her indigenous roots. Forced to confront the previous, she is going to chase her future, at a price.

Helena Sardinha is a Brazilian inventive producer and co-founder of Driven Equation. Residing in Los Angeles, her work has been featured in festivals like Sundance, Aspen and Tribeca. She is in manufacturing for Beautiful, FL, with Disney+, and in growth on the characteristic Huella.

Doménica Castro is a Mexican producer, author, director, and co-founder of 271 Films. Her work has been featured on MTV, HBO, BET, in Adweek, and at Sundance, AFI Fest, and the Tribeca Festival. Empowering the subsequent technology of BIPOC filmmakers, she co-runs and govt produces the Indeed Rising Voices Initiative with Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions.

Documentary Film Program

Untitled Dwarfism Project (U.S.A.)
Producing Fellow: Lindsey Dryden

There’s a brand new drug on the horizon that guarantees to make Little People taller—and it’s threatening the very group it claims to serve. As Little People grapple with their unsure future, director Julie Wyman confronts her personal difficult prognosis of dwarfism. At the heart of the movie lies the question: in the event you might surrender the qualities that make you completely different, would you? And at what value?

Lindsey Dryden is an Emmy® award-winning producer and director. Her producing credit embrace Trans In America (2019, CondeNast/ACLU) and Sundance Special Jury Award-winning Unrest (Netflix/PBS, 2017).She is a co-founder of FWD-Doc: Filmmakers with Disabilities, a proud member of Queer Producers and QueerDoc, a BFI Vision Awardee 2020 and a full voting member of BAFTA.

Untitled Sura Mallouh Project (U.S.A.)
Producing Fellow: Yoni Golijov

Two mates uncover a battle that divides their already embattled group. Told from all sides, with unprecedented entry to courtrooms, nameless sources and group leaders, this observational movie unfolds in actual time.

Yoni Golijov produces documentary movies and installations. Recently he produced the quick movie Terror Contagion by Laura Poitras and Forensic Architecture, and he co-directed/produced the quick movie When We Fight with co-director/producer Yael Bridge. His tasks have premiered at Cannes, the Whitney Biennial, the Manifesta Biennial, and Sundance.

Untitled Baltimore Project (U.S.A.)
Producing Fellow: Dawne Langford

The Untitled Baltimore Documentary Project pulls back the curtain on native American politics throughout an unprecedented second when the City of Baltimore and the United States is within the midst of a combat over justice and fairness.

Dawne Langford is a documentary producer and editor. After years of working in public media as a broadcast tv editor, she transitioned to producing. In 2013, Dawne was accepted to the PBS Producers Academy and started engaged on unbiased documentaries, together with; Check It, Kandahar Journals, and Finding Joseph I. Recently, Dawne labored in New York City as a narrative producer with Lee Hirsch. Her major curiosity is in amplifying historically suppressed narratives and displays of historic occasions to deepen understanding, assist studying, and stimulate group dialogue.

Bartolo (U.S.A.)
Producing Fellow: Neyda Martinez

The lives of two ladies intersect via disaster after disasters on account of local weather change and authorities neglect decimate the impoverished mountainsides of western Puerto Rico. In the face of housing insecurity and financial inequality, will Jeanette and her group decide to Elisa’s nation-building activism to forge a brand new manner ahead?

Neyda Martinez is a producer whose movies study tradition, fairness, and social justice. Documentaries in manufacturing embrace Bartolo, A Chasm in Chinatown, and The People vs. Austerity. Past credit embrace Lucky and Decade of Fire. An Associate Professor at The New School, Neyda’s board service contains NYU’s Latinx Project, UPROSE and Women Make Movies.

Queendom (U.S.A. / France)
Producing Fellow: Igor Myakotin

Gena, a queer artist from a small city in Russia, clothes in otherworldly costumes and parades round Moscow to protest the federal government. It turns into a motion with 1,000,000 followers she calls “drag activism” till she’s arrested and threatened to flee.

Igor Myakotin is an Emmy-nominated BAFTA-winning filmmaker who co-produced feature-length documentary Welcome to Chechnya (Sundance, Berlinale). He believes that cinema will not be a solution to escape actuality however a solution to embrace it with all its peculiarities, its darkness and depth.

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