Points North names Artist Support recipients
The Points North Institute (PNI) has unveiled the 14 documentary filmmakers and media artists selected for its 2017 Artist Support Programs at the Camden International Film Festival.
PNI’s suit of Artist Support Programs include the Points North Fellowship and Pitch, aiding early-career filmmakers with funding, mentorship and workshops; the Shortform Editing Residency; the North Star Scholarship, a festival travel scholarship for young filmmakers of color to attend the Festival and Forum; and the Points North 1:1 Meetings, connecting 20 doc projects in development with 25 industry delegates.
Recipients of the 8th annual Points North Fellowship include James Sorrels’ Area 2, exploring claims of torture over a 19-year period by the Chicago PD; Eva Weber’s doc-fiction hybrid GhostWives, investigating a real-life serial killer who murdered six women to sell their bodies for ghost weddings; and Claire Sanford’s Hwangsa, sharing stories of people suffering through hazardous air quality due to dust storms.
Those receiving PNI’s North Star Scholarship are Brooklyn-based Paige Polk; Lebanese-American filmmaker Jude Chehab; journalist and filmmaker IshanThakore; and Chicago-based storyteller Miasarah Lai. More details on the program are available here.
Benefactors of the Shortform Editing Residency include Emily Wright’s Aftermaths, Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara’s The Children’s City; Kamau Bilal’s The Last Child and Elizabeth Lo’s Stray.
Celebrity Psych Test heads to All 4
Channel 4′s VOD service All 4 has commissioned ITV Studios-owned prodco So TV to develop Celebrity Psych Test.
The 10 x 15-minute series, slated to air later this month, will see two celebrities responding to a series of statements with their answers designed to provide insight into their unique personality types.
Once the test is completed expert feedback and interpretation is given by a psychologist who explains the results and places them in the context of the thousands of other people who have taken the test worldwide.
Famed contributors include Russell Kane, Janet Street Porter, Krishnan Guru Murthy, Dame Kelly Holmes, Duncan James, Tattoo Fixers’ Sketch, Charlotte Crosby, Stephen Bear, Spencer Matthews, and Jamie Laing.
ITV announces all-star musical series
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has ordered Shiver to produce the celebrity musical theater series All Star Musicals.
Hosted by English presenter and former cricketer Freddie Flintoff, the series will see stars performing an iconic number from a hit musical – supported by a chorus line – at the Palladium Theatre in London’s West End. The theater audience, meanwhile, will decide whoich performance impressed them the most.
The show will feature numbers from a range of musicals, including Chicago, Evita and Guys and Dolls. Guiding the celebs ahead of their performance will be one of Britain’s best loved musical stars Michael Crawford.
All Star Musicals is expected to debut on ITV this Christmas.