The Sundance Institute has unveiled its inaugural class of Momentum fellows.
The fellowship offers support through a full-year program that includes professional mentorship; coaching through the Harnisch Coaching Program, offered by Renee Freedman and Company; an artist sustainability grant; travel grants to the Sundance Film Festival to participate in curated activities; introductions to branded and episodic content; access to executives and workshops hosted on Warner Bros’ Burbank lot; and bespoke year-round support.
It is the product of a strategic partnership with The Harnisch Foundation and Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Momentum fellowship replaces the former Women at Sundance fellowship as an intersectional expansion of the model and includes a greater cohort of underrepresented communities. Those eligible now include artists identifying as women, non-binary and/or transgender, artists of color and artists with disabilities.
The 2019 Momentum fellows are:
- Cinematographer, editor and director of On Her Shoulders Alexandria Bombach (pictured, left).
- Director, producer and cinematographer Amber Fares.
- Writer and co-creator of the SundanceNow series The Close Josh Feldman.
- Oscar- and Emmy-nominated director of Strong Island Yance Ford (right).
- Narrative, documentary and VR writer and director Ro Haber.
- Indie producer and founder of Blue Velocity Pictures Megha Kadakia.
- Filmmaker and founder of Ajna Films Alysa Nahmias.
- Writer and director Eva Vives.
“Our inaugural class of fellows bring such an array of unique talents and experiences to the creative table, and we are beyond excited for this year of collaboration and development,” said Karim Ahmad, director of outreach and inclusion, in a statement. “We also hope that this intersectional approach will be a model for increasingly vital conversations about allyship across demographic silos in the artist and industry communities at large.”
“After supporting six classes of Women at Sundance fellows, we are thrilled to expand the fellowship to include voices from underrepresented communities. The Momentum fellowship offers critical support so that artists can fulfill their potential, create sustainable careers, and form a close-knit cohort that will develop into an invaluable alliance,” added Caroline Libresco, director of Women at Sundance.