WIF Emerging Producers Program, Indie NFTs, Rooftop Lineup, More – Film Briefs – Deadline

Women In Film Los Angeles has selected the first class of participants for its short story Emerging Producers Program, which is designed to provide women and non-binary people with access to master classes, mentorship and guidance early in their career as a producer.

Participants seeking careers in various film and television production streams were selected by a jury of industry leaders and seasoned producer mentors, a list that includes Jenn Asaro (VP Physical Production Finance, Warner Bros. ), Chelsea Barnard (Booksmart, If Beale Street could speak), Yolanda Cochran (SVP Live-Action Long-Form Production, Nickelodeon & Awesomeness), Linda Goldstein Knowlton (We are the radical monarchs, Code Black), Niija Kuykendall (EVP Production Film, Warner Bros), Monica Levinson (Borat Post Moviefilm, The Chicago 7 trial), Lyn Sisson-Talbert (Jingle Jangle: a Christmas journey, Bookmarks) and Jeanette Volturno (partner / co-founder, Catchlight Studios).

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The inaugural class:

  • Apoorva Charan is a Los Angeles-based producer who was born in India, raised in California and started her career at FremantleMedia Singapore as a digital producer.
  • Lydia “Sue-Ellen” Chitunya is a filmmaker from Zimbabwe who graduated from UCLA’s Professional Production Program.
  • Luz Agudelo Gipson, originally from Colombia whose ad works on the 2008 presidential campaign “Obama for America”, which received the Titanium and Integrated Lions Grand Prix at Cannes.
  • Vanessa Haroutunian (they / she) is a queer producer, artist and curator.
  • Takara Joseph, born in the Virgin Islands and raised in Atlanta, is a member of the 2020 Film Independent Project Involve and a Daytime Emmy nominated producer and director for BET’s giants.
  • Quan Lateef-Hill is a producer, filmmaker and creator who develops and produces cross-platform content for television, film, digital, podcasts, live events and experimental production. She was an inaugural member of the Blackhouse Foundation / Independent Film Project Multicultural Producers Fellowship 2019.
  • Sophie Luo is a producer and filmmaker whose recent work includes campaigns and videos for TED’s global Climate Countdown initiative, a viral Desus and Mero collaboration with Timberland, and a collaboration with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Justice Democrats.
  • Alexandra Perez is a producer and production manager who has worked on content spanning television, film, digital and commercial platforms. She worked at eOne and Blumhouse before becoming a production supervisor on the Blumhouse / Hulu anthology series In the dark.
  • Juliana Schatz Preston is a Colombian-American documentary filmmaker and producer whose debut, Los Comandos, was selected for the 2019 Oscar.


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Sharon Leal (Dream Girls, Supergirl) joined the cast of First love, the romantic comedy-drama from writer-director AJ Edwards which stars Diane Kruger, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Jeffrey Donovan and Sydney Park.

The film, currently in production in Los Angeles, follows Jim (Tiffin), a high school student who goes through the ups and downs of his first love with Ann (Park). At the same time, Jim’s parents (Kruger and Donovan) are dealing with the family fallout caused by the 2008 financial crisis.

Henry Kittredge, Lucas Jarach, Nadine de Barros and Edwards are producers. Kruger is executive producer. Fortitude International by De Barros is fully funded.

Leal is replaced by Buchwald.




Rooftop Films has established its programming Rooftop Film Summer Series throughout New York, starting with its traditional short film showcase on Thursday, June 17 at Green-Wood Cemetery. The series, presented by SundanceTV, will run through mid-September and will follow CDC guidelines for gatherings to feature more than 40 outdoor screenings as well as the annual lineup of live music, performances and shows. questions and answers from the filmmakers.

The films offered included that of Janicza Bravo Zola on the lawn of Fort Greene Park, the world premiere screening of the ESPN series Once upon a time in the queens on the Mets of 1986, documentaries including that of Joshua Rofé Bob Ross: Happy Accidents and special projections of photos from the festival, including those of Natalie Morales Language course.

Full lineup and tickets are here.


The producers behind the recently independent black comedy Flying Chaplin are auctioning 15 NFTs made from the photo, based on a true story about two brothers who unearth and steal Charlie Chaplin’s corpse. It was filmed on the Las Vegas Strip and Freemont Street and on Wayne Newton’s 27-acre ranch.

The photo, available on VOD and DVD, was directed by Paul Tanter and co-written by film stars Simon Phillips and Doug Phillips under their Dystopian Films banner with fellow producer Ken Bressers. The proceeds from the auction (find it here) will be used to fund their next project, which the filmmakers believe could be a viable source of fundraising revenue for the industry.

“This new NFT market is particularly exciting because it attracts not only collectors and financial speculators, but also those, in our case, who wish to support independent filmmakers,” said Bressers.


Freestyle digital media acquired the rights to VOD in North America for Illegal, the feature-length documentary by Nick Alexander that traces the journey of Salvadoran immigrant Laz Ayala on his path to American citizenship, the challenges of current immigration and his mission to humanize immigrants and reform immigration for the benefit of of all. It will arrive on digital platforms on July 6.

Illegal has raised over $ 40,000 through Kickstarter and has performed at several festivals, including the Beverly Hills International Film Festival. Lazaro Ayala is the producer.

Illegal tells the story of undocumented immigrants from the perspective of a once undocumented immigrant who challenges a broken system of foreign labor, human trafficking and exploitation, ”Ayala said. “Illegal talks about the immigrant, American history and the American dream.

Freestyle negotiated the deal with Glen Reynolds of Circus Road Films.

Here is the trailer:


Born to play

“Born to play”

Vertical entertainment acquired the North American rights to Born to play, the sports documentary by Viridiana Lieberman about the women’s tackle football champions Boston Renegades, who play in the Women’s Football Alliance. The Park Pictures movie, which debuted on ESPN Originals last year, will now be released on demand later this month.

This represents the second partnership between Vertical and Park Pictures after their collaboration on The other people, the 2016 indie drama starring Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon.

Born to play highlights a team of remarkable athletes, ages 19-49, from a range of backgrounds who put their bodies at risk while maintaining full-time careers that support their lifelong dream. Theodora Dunlap, Sam Bisbee and Lieberman have produced, with Jon Bulette, Lance Acord, Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Rudy Valdez in executive production.

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