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Film Independent Names Fast Track Participants and Grants for LAFF Intensive

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 19, 2012 at 2:44PM

Film Independent has named nineteen filmmakers and nine projects for its 10th annual Fast Track program. The recipients were announced at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation reception on June 18.
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Film Independent has named nineteen filmmakers and nine projects for its 10th annual Fast Track program. The recipients were announced at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation reception on June 18. Fast Track is sponsored by the Foundation as well as Kodak and Millenium Entertaiment and takes place during the festival as a three-day intensive where filmmakers are connected with financiers, production companies, agents and other industry pros who can assist in getting their projects moving. 

The chosen projects and filmmakers participating in the 2012 Fast Track are below:

1.    C.O.G. – Producer Cookie Carosella, Co-Writer/Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez.  Kyle won the Someone to Watch Award at the 2010 Film Independent Spirit Awards, and both were nominated for Best First Feature for Easier with Practice.

2.    Dancing in Jaffa – Director/Producer Hilla Medalia, Producer Diane Nabatoff. The film was also selected for Film Independent’s annual Documentary Lab.

3.    A Killing Frost – Director/Producer Jennifer Arnold, Writer Katherine Ruppe.  Jennifer has been in Film Independent’s Fast Track program before and is a Directors Lab Fellow. Katherine workshopped A Killing Frost in Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab.

4.    Lee – Producers Mollye Asher, Angela C. Lee. Angela participated in the 2011 Producing Lab and Fast Track. Recipient of Millenium's $10,000 grant.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.