Sundance Institute has introduced the eight artists chosen for the third inaugural Girls at Sundance | Adobe Fellowship. Elizabeth Ai (“A Lady’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Downside”), Deidre Backs (“Little Chief”), Aisha Bhoori (“Ms. Marvel”), Zandashé Brown (“Horror Noire”), Joie Estrella Horwitz (“Alejandro & Miguel”), screenwriter Miciana Hutcherson, writer-director Meghan Ross, and Jin Yoo-Kim (“Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Turns into Mud”) comprise this 12 months’s cohort, per a press launch.
Along with a $6,250 money grant, fellows obtain skill-building workshops and business introductions, plus referrals to profession growth alternatives. Every of the fellows has beforehand participated in a Sundance Institute Lab or program related to their profession path.
“Any artist can communicate to how sensible assist paired with a nurturing neighborhood makes all of the distinction – that is very true for girls filmmakers, who’re notoriously underrepresented within the business. Offering multi-faceted help to our fellows as they develop their artistic practices is our aim,” stated Adella Ladjevardi, Sundance’s Affiliate Director for Girls. “Our collaboration with Adobe has had a profound influence on the careers of so many gifted storytellers prior to now – we’re very excited to see how the brand new group advances with this personalized and sturdy assist.”
Previous fellows embody Jiayan “Jenny” Shi, whose documentary “Discovering Yingying” gained the Particular Jury Award on the 2020 SXSW Movie Pageant.
Bios for the 2022 Sundance | Adobe fellows are beneath, courtesy of Sundance Institute.
Elizabeth Ai is a documentary and fiction filmmaker, present creator, and fellow of Berlinale Skills, Middle for Asian American Media, Movie Unbiased, Firelight Media, Tribeca Institute and Sundance Institute. She’s presently in post-production together with her documentary characteristic New Wave and is concurrently growing the dramatic collection adaptation.
Deidre Backs labored at Alexander Payne’s growth firm earlier than transitioning to unbiased producing. She was an affiliate producer on Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, then served underneath Daniel Lupi on Spielberg movies and Jordan Peele’s Us. She produced Little Chief, premiering at Sundance 2020 and is a 2021 Sundance Producing alum.
Aisha Bhoori is a Pakistani-American author who has written on MS. MARVEL (Disney+) and THE STAIRCASE (HBO Max). She is a 2021 Sundance Episodic Lab Fellow. She graduated from Harvard, the place she was a three-time recipient of the Edward Keen Memorial Fund Prize for Greatest Inventive Writing.
Based mostly in New Orleans, Zandashé Brown is a author/director born-and-bred in and impressed by southern Louisiana. Her work raises a Black femme lens to the custom of southern gothic horror by exploring the axis of catharsis, spirituality, and Black southern expertise. She just lately participated within the Sundance Administrators and Screenwriters Labs.
Joie Estrella Horwitz is a filmmaker, author and producer primarily based in Los Angeles. Her work employs a combination of analysis primarily based fieldwork with a collaborative strategy to filmmaking to discover the area between truth and fiction on the intersection of bodily and emotional borders.
Miciana Hutcherson’s characteristic script, Nancy’s Ladies, led to the 2019 and 2021 Sundance Institute Indigenous Program Fellowships. Her second characteristic, Fancy Dance (co-writer), was supported by the 2021 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, 2021 SFFilm Rainin Grant, and was featured on the Indigenous Record hosted by The Black Record and the 2022 Scripted Cannes Screenplay Record.
Meghan Ross is an Austin-based author/director and Sundance Episodic Lab fellow. Her shorts had been featured in The New Yorker’s Greatest Shouts of 2020 and nominated for The Webby Awards 2021. Her writing has been revealed by Reductress, VICE’s Broadly, TV With out Pity, The Toast, and different defunct however beloved websites.
Jin Yoo-Kim is producing Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Turns into Mud. She directed and produced for Take Out with Lisa Ling on HBO Max, and is in growth for her docuseries, Cult Meals. She was a Sundance Producers Fellow, Firelight Media Impression Producing Fellow, and took part within the Movie Unbiased Doc Lab.
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