The finalists for the inaugural IF/Then x Hulu Documentary Lab have been selected.
The one-year lab focuses on short-documentary production and career training. Applications called for stories from historically underrepresented voices in North America about issues relevant to their identities and communities.
Four projects were chosen by representatives from both Field of Vision and Hulu, and will receive US$25,000 each in production funding, as well as key mentorship and guidance from IF/Then staff and industry leaders. After screening a rough cut of their projects, the filmmakers will be invited to debut their works-in-progress to an invitation-only audience to receive feedback. After the screening filmmakers will finalize their cuts and receive high-level festival and distribution strategy consultations, along with guidance creating their publicity materials, and pro-bono legal support.
“We cannot wait to begin this year-long journey with these exceptional teams,” says IF/Then supervising producer Caitlin Mae Burke. “These four stories and their makers represent such a wide range of perspectives, and it’s a privilege to play a part in bringing them to the screen while building up the filmmakers’ creative careers.”
The four finalists and their projects are:
Film Team: Zaire Love and Joyya Baines
Slice explores how Rico Golden and his homeboys from Memphis submerge themselves in an original swimming art form of athleticism, creativity, and joy called “slicing” while refusing to drown in a pool of low life expectancy.
Film Team: Omar Aldakheel
In New York City’s Muslim neighborhoods, a group of volunteers launch the first Muslim Patrol to watch over their community from the rising hate crimes while also solving their own issues internally.
Cleo & Avery
Film Team: Veronica Rutledge, Cleo Keahna Warrior, Ada Avery
After Avery undergoes bottom surgery and finds home in her own body as a trans woman, she and her boyfriend, Cleo, embark on a poetic exploration to create a home together through winter, spring, summer and fall.
Film Team: Akley Olton and Laura Sanz
Omari’s young life in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines revolves around playing football, and through the sport, he sees the world. That all changes when his grandfather, the last of the Barrouallie Whalers, teaches him about the traditional practice of hunting “blackfish”.