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SFFILM names doc filmmakers to receive 2020 FilmHouse residencies

Non-profit film organization SFFILM has selected 31 filmmakers as recipients of one-year FilmHouse residencies, including several non-fiction filmmakers. Offering a creative hub for filmmakers, FilmHouse invests in artistic development and seeks ...
November 28, 2019

Non-profit film organization SFFILM has selected 31 filmmakers as recipients of one-year FilmHouse residencies, including several non-fiction filmmakers.

Offering a creative hub for filmmakers, FilmHouse invests in artistic development and seeks to expand industry support around these filmmakers and their work to foster meaningful, sustainable careers, and continually strengthen the filmmaking community in the Bay Area.

Residencies include access to office space and a robust mentor advisory board, networking opportunities, peer-to-peer engagement, and professional development resources through the SFFILM Makers community.

The 31 independent narrative and doc filmmakers selected start their residencies in January. Residencies are made possible by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, with additional funding from the San Francisco Film Commission.

The panelists who reviewed submissions were Sofia Alicastro, SFFILM artist development manager of Filmmaker Programs; Sophie Gunther, SFFILM artist development manager of Film Funds; Lauren Kushner, SFFILM interim director of artist development; Rosa Morales, SFFILM artist development coordinator; Brittney Réaume, manager of filmmaker services and digital marketing, Bay Area Video Coalition; and Ted Russell, associate director, arts strategy and ventures at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

“The panel was quite struck by the high quality of the work presented by the artists who applied to the FilmHouse program this year; it was heartening to see such a strong showing of Bay Area talent,” said the SFFILM review panel, in a statement.

“Ultimately, our aim was to assemble a group of filmmakers whose backgrounds and areas of focus are vast and diverse, and here we see a wide range of topics from human rights issues to artful portraits of the everyday in a variety of formats, lengths, and styles. We strongly considered how this program could benefit both maker and project and this particular group of projects stood out as important stories to develop and grow this year.”

The non-fiction filmmakers granted residencies and residency extensions are listed below, alphabetically:

  • Erin Brethauer – Another Day in Paradise – documentary feature, production
  • Jennifer Chang Crandall – Whitman, Alabama – hybrid documentary feature, production
  • Daniel Freeman (residency extension) – Teddy, Out of Tune – hybrid documentary feature, post-production
  • Contessa Gayles – No Time to Waste (working title) – hybrid documentary feature, development
  • Jen Gilomen – Delivering Justice: A Movement Is Born – documentary feature, development
  • Marjolaine Grappe – The Envelope – documentary feature, production
  • Dee Hibbert-Jones (residency extension) – Run with It – animated documentary feature, production
  • Tim Hussin – Another Day in Paradise – documentary feature, production
  • Emily Cohen Ibañez (residency extension) – Fruits of Labor – documentary feature, post-production
  • Erin Semine Kökdil – La Caravana – documentary short, production / post-production
  • Luke Lorentzen – Untitled Marine Salvage Documentary – documentary feature, development
  • Erin Persley (residency extension) – Human Shield – documentary feature, development / production
  • Reaa Puri – K for Kashmir – documentary feature, development
  • Débora Souza Silva (residency extension) – Black Mothers – documentary feature, production
  • Nomi Talisman – Run with It – animated documentary feature, production
  • Tasha Van Zandt – After Antarctica – documentary feature, post-production
  • Ellie Wen – Elementary (working title) – documentary feature, development
  • Sebastian Zeck – After Antarctica – documentary feature, post-production

The next application period opens in July of next year.

(Photo by Pamela Gentile, courtesy of SFFILM)

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