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Film Independent, CNN team for second annual Docuseries Intensive program

Los Angeles-based arts non-profit Film Independent has announced 10 projects and 21 participants included in its second annual Docuseries Intensive. The Docuseries Intensive is a three-day remote workshop from Sept. 22 ...
September 22, 2021

Los Angeles-based arts non-profit Film Independent has announced 10 projects and 21 participants included in its second annual Docuseries Intensive.

The Docuseries Intensive is a three-day remote workshop from Sept. 22 to 24 that gives filmmakers the tools and access to develop and present their non-fiction series to potential collaborators. Executive and peer mentorship, workshopping and fostering industry connections are all offered in the program, giving fellows a deeper understanding of how the business works, and offering next steps to move their projects forward.

The program will teach fellows about funding, development, marketing and distribution, using networking and pitch events for fellows to introduce themselves and their work to studio and network executives. Each filmmaker or filmmaking team will receive a US$3,500 stipend to use for their docuseries project.

The intensive program is supported by its founding sponsor CNN Original Series, which is the brand behind non-fiction series like Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell and Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy.

“We’re happy to partner with CNN Original Series again on the Docuseries Intensive, helping to support creators working in the documentary series space to develop their unique projects.” said Daniel Cardone, artist development associate, in a news release.

“Building on the success of last year’s program, we have selected ten diverse and talented teams bringing their specific points of view to a wide range of subjects, from African American healthcare and police corruption, to economic inequity and the ongoing shockwaves of the AIDS epidemic.”

This year’s Docuseries Intensive creative advisors and guest speakers include Lynne Kirby, Elissa Johnson, Rushie Perera, Karin Hayes, Raeshem Nijhon, Katie Doering, Cullen Hoback, Mikaela Shwer, Parker Laramie and Sara Newens, Maureen A. Ryan, John Ealer, Lyle Gamm, Katie Isaacson and Rishika Advani.

This year’s Docuseries Intensive participants and their projects are

Black Minds Matter (produced by Michael L. Brown and Garland Mclaurin)

Bootstraps (directed and produced by Deia Schlosberg, produced by Vanessa Bergonzoli)

Dear Appalachia (directed and produced by Ashley York, produced by Crystal Good and John Fee)

Driving the Green Book (produced by Mike De Caro, Saro Varjabedian and Alvin Hall)

Fighting Time (directed, written and produced by Margaret Byrne, produced by Rachel Pikelny)

The Final Season (directed, written and produced by Luke Slendebroek)

From the Top (produced and written by Chinisha Scott, produced by Taryn Carraro)

Ghost Lights: Reclaiming Theatre in the Age of AIDS (directed, written and produced by Kieran Turner, produced by Christianne Tisdale)

Growing Up in America: Life After the Taliban (directed, written and produced by Isabel Soloaga, edited by Daniel Chávez-Ontiveros)

Where You From? The Search for a Filipino-American Cultural Identity (written and produced by Dani de Jesus; directed, written and produced by Leslie Alejandro)

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