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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Autobiographical Sundance Labs Project "Farming" Gets Early Funding Boost

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 23, 2012 at 11:55AM

As already noted a week ago on this site, a reading of British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's feature screenplay titled Farming, will happen at the first-ever Sundance London Film Festival, this Friday, April 27th.
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

As already noted a week ago on this site, a reading of British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's feature screenplay titled Farming, will happen at the first-ever Sundance London Film Festival, this Friday, April 27th.

The script, which  Akinnuoye-Agbaje developed at the Sundance Screenwriting Labs, is said to be based on hislife storyn, and is described as a true story about "a young African boy's search for love and belonging within a brutal skinhead subculture."

I don't know about you, but I'm certainly intrigued by that premise alone.

And the project might be getting closer to being fully realize, as, announced this morning, the project has been selected by the Sundance Institute and WorldView to receive the Story Development Award this weekend; specifically, the project, along with the others being recognized, is being awarded for its focus on "social justice issues in the developing world."

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Farming, will receive a £10,000 grant; or just over $16,000. Probably not enough to get the project fully financed, but with the Sundance pedigree behind it, and this initial funding boost, I suspect the project will continue to attract financing over the next year or so, if not sooner. 

So, needless to say, this is a project that's now officially on my watch list, and I'll be following it from here on. 

I'm assuming Adewale also plans to direct the film.


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