Charlotte Wells, Nikyatu Jusu, & Violet du Feng Amongst Sundance Institute’s 2023 Momentum Fellows
Sundance Institute has introduced the individuals chosen for the 2023 Momentum Fellowship, a program “designed to help and supply teaching to mid-career artists with a deal with profession improvement,” per Deadline. Launched in 2018, the fellowship was “created to help storytellers from traditionally marginalized communities who’ve just lately achieved a noteworthy accomplishment, similar to a regarded characteristic movie or sequence,” and “offers fellows with a full-year program of deep, custom-made help across the targets they’ve recognized for themselves to degree up of their craft and profession.” Eligible artists embrace these “figuring out as ladies, non-binary and/or transgender, Black, Indigenous, and/or folks of colour, and artists with disabilities.”
The Momentum Fellowship consists of an unrestricted artist grant, skilled teaching, year-round help from Sundance Institute employees, and extra.
Eight fellows had been chosen this yr, and 7 of them are ladies: Francisca Alegria (“The Cow Who Sang A Track Into the Future”); Rita Baghdadi (“Sirens”); Michelle Garza (“Huesera”); Nikyatu Jusu (“Nanny”); Kate Tsang (” Marvelous and the Black Gap”); Charlotte Wells (“Aftersun”); and Violet du Feng (“Hidden Letters”).
“Over time, the fellows chosen for Momentum have all skilled success with their just lately accomplished tasks. This has typically been a essential second for artists to obtain artistic and tactical help as they deal with a significant path ahead,” stated Michelle Satter, Sundance’s founding Senior Director, Artist Applications. “That is the place Momentum is each aptly named and distinctive within the trade – the fellowship is custom-made to the wants of particular person filmmakers as they transfer ahead with their subsequent steps, making selections that’ll guarantee they will maintain a profession that provides them thrilling and well timed artistic alternatives.”
Previous fellows embrace Cristina Costantini (“Mucho Mucho Amor”), Ekwa Msangi (“Farewell Amor”), and Christina Choe (“Nancy”).
Learn extra concerning the Momentum Fellows under, courtesy of Sundance.
Francisca Alegria is an award-winning filmmaker who’s brief movie And the Complete Sky Match within the Lifeless Cow’s Eye obtained the award for Finest Worldwide Fiction Brief at Sundance Movie Pageant. Her debut characteristic The Cow Who Sang A Track Into the Future premiered at Sundance Movie Pageant in 2022 and was supported by the 2017 Sundance Institute Screenwriters and Administrators Lab together with the Catalyst Discussion board.
Rita Baghdadi is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker recognized for the intimacy of her daring, character-driven movies. Her newest characteristic, Sirens, premiered on the 2022 Sundance Movie Pageant and received the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest. Rita’s work has been supported by Sundance, Tribeca, Netflix, HBO, IDA and Movie Impartial.
Michelle Garza is a director and screenwriter who graduated from CCC in Mexico Metropolis and Goldsmiths in London. Her debut characteristic Huesera premiered at Tribeca 2022 the place it received the Finest New Narrative Director and the Nora Ephron awards. Michelle additionally received the Citizen Kane award for the perfect new director at Sitges 2022.
Nikyatu Jusu is a author and director and her first characteristic movie, Nanny, was developed on the Sundance Institute’s 2020 Administrators and Screenwriters Labs and debuted on the 2022 Sundance Movie Pageant, the place it received the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize. Her comply with up unique characteristic movie screenplay was acquired by Common Studios and Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions. She works as an Assistant Professor of Directing and Screenwriting, Movie and Video Research, on the Faculty of Visible & Performing Arts at George Mason College.
Bing Liu is a China-born, Midwest-raised filmmaker. His directorial credit embrace Minding the Hole, America To Me and All These Sons. Bing was supported by the Sundance Institute’s 2020 Administrators and Screenwriters Lab on his first fiction characteristic which is presently in improvement.
Kate Tsang is an artist/filmmaker creating imaginative, offbeat tales with coronary heart. Her debut characteristic Marvelous and the Black Gap premiered on the 2021 Sundance Movie Pageant. She wrote on the Emmy-nominated reveals Journey Time: Distant Lands (HBO MAX) and Steven Universe Future (Cartoon Community).
Charlotte Wells is a BAFTA profitable Scottish filmmaker whose debut characteristic, the award-winning Aftersun premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes. Previous to Aftersun, Wells wrote and directed three brief movies, Tuesday, Laps, and Blue Christmas. She is a graduate of the MBA/MFA program at NYU the place she was supported by BAFTA NY and LA. Charlotte, along with her venture Aftersun, was supported by the Sundance Institute’s 2020 Administrators and Screenwriters Labs.
Violet du Feng is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. She has directed, produced or govt produced 13 movies together with the newest Tribeca-premiered and Sundance Documentary Movie Program supported Hidden Letters. Her foremost producing credit embrace Expensive Mom, I Meant to Write about Loss of life, Singing within the Wilderness, Confucian Dream, Maineland and Please Bear in mind Me.
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