Ten projects have been selected for the 2016 Screen Forward Lab, (Independent Filmmaker Project) IFP’s year long fellowship for content creators with story-driven serialized projects.
The program runs April 18-22 at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP located in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Inspired by the successful long-running IFP Filmmaker Labs that focus on helping directors complete, market and introduce audiences to cutting edge first-features, the Screen Forward Lab will support innovative content creators with $10,000 worth of services and support over the course of a year. The Lab is open to innovative media creators with story-driven, serialized projects created on all platforms and formats including web series, VR, or app based work (Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, etc.). All projects must have at minimum representative sample visual content (a completed episode, demo, excerpt) already in place, and cannot have already launched their project publicly.
The ten selected projects represent a mix of genres ranging from comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi thriller to experimental. Formats include live action, animation and cross-platform storytelling.
This year, 80% of the creators/writers/directors are women and/or diverse voices. 30% feature predominantly African-American and Latino casts.
The Screen Forward Lab week will culminate with all projects presenting and pitching to investors, online distributors, network executives and tech companies at IFP Film Week 2016. And post-Labs, all content creator teams will receive a free, six-month residency at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP as well as ongoing individualized access to classes, workshops and support from industry and creative mentors.
2016 Screen Forward Lab Fellows are:
The Animated Mind of Oliver Sacks: A Project in Three Parts (Animated Documentary & Virtual Reality) A series of short documentaries that illuminates ten years of extraordinary conversations with author/neurologist Oliver Sacks, M.D. Dempsey Rice (Creator/Director/Producer), Kate Edgar (Executive Producer), Joanne Nerenberg (Co-Producer)
Breeding Grounds (Dark Comedy) A darkly comedic series set in an economically diverse suburb and focused on collection of mothers of different races, classes, ages and cultures colliding with each other as they attempt to raise their kids. Susan Skoog (Creator/Director), Ben Wolf (Cinematographer)
The Come Up (Comedy) Three old friends explore the dicey terrain of open relationships. Ben Snyder (Creator/Director/Writer), Ari Issler (Creator/Director/Writer), Matt Thurm (Producer)
The God Phone (Sci-fi Horror Thriller) A down-and-out infomercial pitchman accidentally discovers the ultimate As-Seen-on-TV device. Shot all on 35mm Panavision film. Dean Colin Marcial (Creator/Director/Editor/Writer), Brett Potter (Producer), Grant Curatola (Producer)
In Reality (Romantic Comedy) Ann, an average brunette with a wild imagination, takes you on a journey through her fantastic mind as she investigates an experience of unrequited love. Ann Lupo (Creator/Director/Editor/Producer/Writer), Holly Meehl (Producer), Aaron Pryka (Producer/Writer)
Jealous Dad (Comedy) When actor Mark Shea’s 7-year-old son unwittingly books a national commercial at one of Mark’s auditions, Mark’s jealousy gets the better of him and he resorts to desperate measures. Matt Evans (Creator/Director/Writer), William Scurry (Creator/Director/Editor)
Kissing Walls (LGBTQ Comedy) A comedy that explores work, sex, and friendship between queer 20-somethings living in Chicago. Zak Payne (Creator/Director), Nathaniel Tenenbaum, (Lead Actor)
Newtopia (Sci-fi Drama) Olivia ventures through a virtual reality searching for a missing boy. Taylor Cohan (Creator/Director/Producer/Writer), Matt Clegg (Producer, DP), Max Allman (Producer)
Stream No Evil (Horror) A horror miniseries, shot all on iPhone, about a millennial who is stalked by a creature only visible through his iPhone. Scott Schuler (Creator/Director), Katherine Paige (Producer), Caroline Broughton (Writer)
The Times (Drama) When a marginalized youth steals a gun from a police officer, it sets off a series of events that quickly spirals out of control. Matthew Charof (Director), Sebastian Rea (Creator/Director/Editor/Producer/Writer), Courtney Baxter (Producer); Paula Weinstein (Executive Producer)