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Extra: Sunny Side, Slamdance festival hires; Muta’Ali wins ABFF, Lightbox funding

Sunny Side taps Patrizia Mancini as development officer The Sunny Side of the Doc market has tapped Patrizia Mancini for the role of development officer. Mancini steps into the position as Irem ...
November 17, 2017

Sunny Side taps Patrizia Mancini as development officer

The Sunny Side of the Doc market has tapped Patrizia Mancini for the role of development officer.

Mancini steps into the position as Irem Courchouron exits following six years with the doc fesetival. Courchouron is joining the first international Science Film Festival Silbersalz in Halle (Saale), Germany as head of film exhibition.

Mancini has sales agent experience across film, television and multi-platform projects and has built a roster of network contacts internationally.

Producer Alina Solodnikova named festival manager at Slamdance

Producer Alina Solodnikova has been hired as the festival manager of the Utah-based Slamdance Film Festival.

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Solodnikova brings event experience from her work at The Polytechnic Museum, where she helped launch the Contemporary Science Film Festival 360°. Solodnikova then moved on to produce science documentary festivals across the country and regions including parts of Central Russia.

After moving to Los Angeles, she focused more of her work on the production side of documentary film. She co-produced the What Lies Upstream which had its world premiere at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival.

Muta’Ali wins documentary film development fund from The American Black Film Festival and Lightbox

Director Muta’Ali is the recipient of the first annual documentary film development fund from the American Black Film Festival and prodco Lightbox.

Ali will work with Lightbox and ABFF to develop his feature documentary Storm Over Brooklyn which looks at the story of Yusuf Hawkins, a black American teenager who was shot to death after being trapped by a group of white youths in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in August 1989. The incident shocked New York and the country, and unleashed a torrent of racial tension in an already divided city and led to the ousting of New York City Mayor Ed Koch in favor of David Dinkins, who became the city’s first and only African-American mayor.

Ali’s doc was selected from over 200 submissions for documentary films. ABBF and Lightbox hope to get the film funded and completed in time to have its world premiere at the 23rd annual American Black Film Festival in Miami in June 2019.

The ABFF Lightbox Documentary Initiative was launched in early 2017 to support doc filmmakers with diverse voices and perspectives and is sponsored by 21st Century Fox and National Geographic.

 

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