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Sundance Institute Hosts Summer Producing Summit, Names First Bingham Ray Producing Fellow

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by Anne Thompson
July 16, 2012 11:42 AM
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Bingham Ray Producing Fellow: Summer Shelton

When a lumber conglomerate evicts their family, two brothers attempt to smuggle exotic lumber in hopes of selling it on the black market for money to buy their family new land, but what begins as a hopeful act turns into a journey more dangerous than they imagined. (Writer/Director: Alex Moratto)

Summer Shelton is a freelance producer born and raised in North Carolina who often works with critically acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani, having been the Associate Producer of his upcoming feature At Any Price (2012) starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, Goodbye Solo (2008), an official selection of the Venice Film Festival that won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize for Best Film, and Co-Producer of his short Plastic Bag (2009). She is the Co-Producer of Scott Coffey’s upcoming feature Adult World (2012) and has worked as a production manager and coordinator on various independent films.

DOCUMENTARY FILM CREATIVE PRODUCING LAB
The Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab is a five-day Lab where Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund grantees are invited to work intensively with award-winning Creative Advisors to hone the craft of producing documentaries. The Lab includes workshops on financing, production and creative distribution for documentary films. This year’s Creative Advisors include Bonni Cohen (Producer, The Island President), Jess Search (CEO, BritDoc Foundation), publicist Nancy Willen (Acme PR) and sales agent Josh Braun (Submarine Entertainment).

The Fellows and projects selected for the Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab are:
Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield

Producing Fellows: Anthony Arnove and Brenda Coughlin

Reporting from the battlefields of the war on terror, journalist Jeremy Scahill investigates the wars waged by and against an empire, and constructs a global picture of asymmetric warfare today. Anthony Arnove and Brenda Coughlin are co-founders of the non-profit media company Civic Bakery. They cocreated and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon, the documentary film companion to Howard Zinn’s bestselling book A People’s History of the United States.

Solarize This (working title)

Producing Fellow: Shalini Kantayya

In a city where oil spills, air quality red-alerts, and poverty are commonplace, Solarize This asks the hard questions of how a clean energy economy may actually be built, from the perspective of three unemployed American workers seeking to retool at a solar jobs training program in Richmond, California. Brooklyn-based filmmaker and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s ON THE LOT, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. Her work has screened at over forty festivals internationally. Shalini received an MFA in Film Direction from the City College of New York, and a BA in Media Studies and International Human Rights from Hampshire College.

These Birds Walk

Producing Fellows: Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq

A portrait of contemporary Pakistan is created through the eyes of a runaway boy and an ambulance driver who call a dying humanitarian and his struggling organization home. Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq’s articles and photographs have been published widely in National Geographic. The New York Times, Time Magazine and Democracy Now! These Birds Walk is their feature documentary debut.

The New Black

Producing Fellow: Yoruba Richen

The New Black is a documentary that uncovers the complicated and often combative histories of the African-American and LGBT civil-rights movements. Yoruba Richen is a Harlem-born, Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. She has directed and produced films in the U.S. and abroad including Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Her award–winning documentary Promised Land received a Diverse Voices Co-Production fund award from the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting and premiered on the PBS program POV in July 2010.

Untitled Gay Retiree Project

Producing Fellow: PJ Raval

Three LGBTQ seniors navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden years. Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100 2010” and Filmmaker Magazine's "25 new faces of independent film 2006," PJ Raval is an award winning filmmaker whose credits include TRINIDAD (Showtime, LOGO), The CHRISTEENE video collection (SXSW), and his current in progress documentary about LGBT seniors and retirees.

Who is Dayani Cristal?

Producing Fellow: Lucas Ochoa

The story of the quest to identify an anonymous body found in the Arizona desert whose only identifying feature is
a tattoo reading 'Dayani Cristal.' UK-based producer Lucas Ochoa is Head of Film at Pulse. His first production at Pulse Films was 2010's No Distance Left To Run which was theatrically released internationally and went on to be nominated for a Grammy. His first documentary feature, Shut Up And Play the Hits, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

CREATIVE PRODUCING SUMMIT
The Creative Producing Summit is a three-day, invitation-only gathering that connects 40 independent filmmakers with over 30 top film industry professionals including producers, distributors, sales agents, financiers and exhibitors to build a dialogue on film producing and the state of the independent film industry. Programmed events include case study sessions, panels, roundtable discussions, one-on-one meetings and pitching sessions. Panelists include Michael Barker (Sony Classics), Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Tom Quinn (Radius), Diane Weyerman (Participant), Micah Green (Creative Artists Agency), Josh Braun (Submarine Entertainment), Victoria Cook (Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz), Richard Klubeck (UTA), Ted Mundorff (Landmark Theaters), Lisa Nishimura (Netflix) and Mark Ankner (WME). For a full list of panelists visit Sundance.org.
 

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