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Film Independent Selects 30 Emerging Filmmakers for Project Involve

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 4, 2013 at 2:48PM

Film Independent has selected 30 filmmakers for Project Involve, its signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.
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Project Involve

Film Independent has selected 30 filmmakers for Project Involve, its signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

Project Involve, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, runs annually for nine months. During the program, participants create short films, receive one-on-one film industry mentors, access to production-based master workshops taught by top film professionals, career development training and industry networking opportunities.

Upon completion, participants become Film Independent Fellows, receiving year-round support including access to Film Independent’s annual film education offerings, on-staff Filmmaker Advisor and the LA Film Festival. (More info is here.)

For the third consecutive year, Sony is supplying the Diversity Fellowship in Project Involve, which provides year-round support to one of the participating filmmakers.

The 2014 Project Involve participants were selected based on the quality of their projects, their passion, vision, talent, and commitment to pursuing a career in the film industry. This year’s filmmakers are:

Yaa Boaa Aning – Director

Chris Bailey - Writer

Ava Berkofsky – Cinematographer Nicholas Bouier – Director

Soojin Chung – Producer

Carolina Costa – Cinematographer Reena Dutt – Producer

Lara R. Gregg – Industry Track: Development Rosie Haber – Director

Derege Harding – Producer

Dominic Haxton – Director

Kimberly Hwang – Producer

Q.Terah Jackson – Writer

Christina Sun Kim – Director

Yeonchul Lee – Director

Daniel Lee – Writer

Geeta Malik – Director

Lucy Mukerjee – Industry Track: Festival Programmer Colin Oh – Cinematographer

Richard Parkin – Director

Lissette Rodriguez – Editor

Jeff Roy – Director

Ian Samuels – Director

Iliana Sosa – Director

Alan Torres – Cinematographer

Fernando Viquez – Editor

Lulu Wang – Director

Cole Wiley – Producer

Angel Kristi Williams – Director

Elliott Williams - Producer

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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.