The Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation have named the 10 artists who will receive fellowships and grants to participate in year-round artist programs.
This year, organizers have expanded the program to support fellows working in new media in addition to documentary, narrative film, theater and film music.
The fellows attend an annual lab and receive mentoring and strategic granting, attend the Sundance Film Festival and participate in workshops and screenings. In all, there are 24 residency labs and more than $2.5 million in grants each year.
This year’s documentary film program fellow is New York-based director Cecilia Aldarondo whose doc feature Memories of a Penitent Heart is one of 10 projects selected for IFP’s 2015 Documentary Completion Labs. The film has also received support from the MacDowell Colony, the Sundance Institute, Time Warner Foundation and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.
Kathryn Bostic is the film music program fellow. Her credits include the PBS ‘American Masters’ documentary August Wilson-The Ground on Which I Stand and the features Dear White People and Middle of Nowhere. She will use her grant to continue work on The August Wilson Symphony, based on the music from the doc about the playwright.
Documentary filmmaker Ciara Lacy is the Native American and Indigenous program fellow. She is a current Sundance Institute/Time Warner fellow and a Firelight Media Producers’ Lab fellow. Her most recent doc is Out of State.
Christopher Nataanii Cegielski and Blake Pickens have been named as Native producing fellows. Nataanii Cegielski is a recent University of Arizona grad who has worked on narrative shorts, docs, music videos and feature films. Pickens is a former National Lampoon writer and heads up his own company, BS Pictures, which is producing and developing projects.
The feature film program fellows are Nia DaCosta, whose credits include the game show Sagmeister v Walsh for Adobe and the doc Shark Loves the Amazon; and Christopher Makoto Yogi whose most recent film is Makoto: or, Honesty, a short doc about the death of his father.
New Frontier Fellows are artist, director, rapper and Internet persona Yung Jake and filmmaker Alex Rivera, while playwright Christopher Chen is this year’s theater fellow.