Sundance has chosen five films from the San Francisco Film Society's Filmmaker360 program for its 2013 edition. The five titles that will premiere at Sundance are: Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale" (US Dramatic Competition), Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson's "American Promise," Zachary Heinzerling's "Cutie and the Boxer," Jacob Kornbluth's "Inequality for All" and Shaul Schwarz's "Narco Cultura" (U.S. Documentary Competition).
These films received grants and support through Filmmaker360. Program director Michele Turnure-Salleo states:
"We've gotten to know these filmmakers and their projects very well and helped them put the pieces together to tell these compelling stories, so it's immensely satisfying to see them getting the start they deserve. It has been quite a ride this last year since the Sundance premiere of Beasts of the Southern Wild, which we also supported, and we're eager to get on that rollercoaster once again."
Details on the films below. Here's our story on Filmmaker360 and Ted Hope at the SFFS.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, U.S. Dramatic Competition
Fruitvale is the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008.
* Spring 2012 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant winner: $100,000 for production
* Fall 2012 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant finalist (winners announced Dec 11)
* Off the Page script workshop, April 2012
Directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, U.S. Documentary Competition
This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons.
* 2011 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner: $25,000 for postproduction
"Cutie and the Boxer"
Directed by Zachary Heinzerling, U.S. Documentary Competition
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.
* 2011 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner: $50,000 for postproduction
"Inequality for All"
Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, U.S. Documentary Competition
In this timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic-policy expert Robert Reich distills the topic of widening income inequality, and addresses the question of what effects this increasing gap has on our economy and our democracy.
* Currently enrolled in San Francisco Film Society Project Development program
Directed by Shaul Schwarz, U.S. Documentary Competition
An examination of Mexican drug cartels' influence in pop culture on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico's Drug War.
* 2012 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner: $20,000 for postproduction