The Sundance Institute puts on a producing summit and creative labs every year at Robert Redford's ski resort that many indies look forward to as a working summer camp in the glorious Rocky Mountains.
This year eleven projects go into the creative producing labs July 30; the Institute has also named the winner of the first Bingham Ray Producing Fellowship. Five features and six documentaries will get intensive workshop support during the Sundance retreat, as well as grants and more feedback throughout the year. Sundance workshop films have an advantage going into the fierce competition for a slot in the January Sundance Film Festival, so it's a huge opportunity for these filmmakers to advance and learn.
Right after the Creative Producing Labs comes the Creative Producing Summit (August 3-5), which invites 40 producers and directors, including the Producing Fellows, to convene with over 30 indie execs for three days of case study sessions, panels, roundtable discussions, one-on-one meetings and pitching sessions.
FEATURE FILM CREATIVE PRODUCING LAB
The Feature Film Creative Producing Lab is a five-day Lab where narrative feature film producers work with an accomplished group of Creative Advisors to develop their creative instincts, communication and problem-solving skills in all stages of film production. This year’s Creative Advisors include producers Anne Carey (The American, Adventureland), Karin Chien (Circumstance, Exploding Girl), Lynette Howell (Terri, Blue Valentine) and Paul Mezey (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Sugar).
The Fellows and projects selected for the Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship are:
Bright As Day
Mark Silverman Honorees & Producing Fellows: Lucas Joaquin & Tory Lenosky
Against the backdrop of the recent London riots, a disaffected teenager finds refuge from the adult world as she bonds with a run-down horse. (Writers/Directors: Eleanor Burke & Ron Eyal)
Tory Lenosky and Lucas Joaquin are New York-based producers who most recently worked together on Keep the Lights On with Lucas as Producer and Tory as Line Producer. Lucas served as the second unit Producer for Beasts of the Southern Wild and produced the acclaimed short film Last Address, which screened at the 2011 Venice Biennale and is now in the permanent collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Tory began her career as an assistant to Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen at Parts and Labor and moved her way up the production ranks working on films such as Beginners, Here and Lovely Still.
Producing Fellow: Kelly Williams
In small-town Texas, when thirteen-year old Jacob’s delinquent behavior gets his brother taken away, he’ll go to extreme, destructive lengths to bring him home. (Writer/Director: Kat Candler)
Kelly Williams is an Austin-based producer and the Director of Programming at the Lone Star International Film Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. Kelly served as the Program Director of the Austin Film Festival for eight years where he programmed features and shorts, as well as overseeing the full scope of the festival’s programming. Kelly produced the short film Perils in Nude Modeling, which screened at over 100 festivals and was a Student Academy Award nominee and in 2011, he produced two feature films, Pictures of Superheroes and Cinema Six, as well as the short film Hellion, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Joy of Living
Sheila C. Johnson Producing Fellow: Ashley Maynor
A lonely detective investigating a piano teacherʼs murder forges an unlikely friendship with one of the victim's
former students who has returned to the South to help solve the case. (Writer/Director: Paul Harrill)
Ashley Maynor is a Virginia based producer whose most recent credits include the ITVS co-production Quick Feet, Soft Hands and the upcoming feature Something, Anything. Ashley is the Co-Founder and Program Director of the Blue Ridge Stories Youth Video Workshop, has taught for Scribe Video Center, and has been a guest artist at the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge’s Artists in Schools program. She has taught Digital Cinema Production as a visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech since 2008.
Steve Bing Producing Fellow: Jordana Mollick
A straight girl drunkenly promises her lesbian best friend she won't get married until gay marriage is legal... a promise that gets awkward when her boyfriend proposes and her friend remains a slacker years away from even thinking about marriage.(Writers: Susanna Fogel & Joni Lefkowitz, Director: Susanna Fogel)
Jordana Mollick began her career in New York theater and then moved to Los Angeles where she spent two years at the Endeavor Agency honing her skills in development. Jordana then went on to serve as the development executive for writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders, Runaway Jury, Ocean’s 13) and then formed her own management company Black Sheep Entertainment, which aims to develop a diverse slate of films and manage a carefully curated array of writers and directors. Under Black Sheep, Jordana created the annual Unscreened play series, which is where Life Partners was seeded. Life Partners was also a participant in the 2012 January Screenwriters Lab.