Film Independent fast-tracks 10 projects

'Better This World' also receives HBO fellowship

Film Independent, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has chosen 10 projects for its seventh annual Fast Track program, which connects filmmakers with film industry professionals.

Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway's "Better This World," one of the projects chosen, has also been awarded the second annual HBO Documentary Films Fellowship.

"Better" follows the journey of two childhood friends from Midland, Texas, who set out to prove their manhood to themselves and to Brandon Darby, a revolutionary activist turned FBI informant. The fellowship combines HBO's funding with Find's year-round support services to give documentary filmmakers the necessary tools to develop their craft.

The Fast Track Program, sponsored by Eastman Kodak Co., takes place during LAFF, which runs through June 28.

Industry participants include representatives from Paramount, Sony, Lionsgate, the Weinstein Co., Participant Prods., Roadside Attractions, Yari Film Group, the Film Department, River Road, Groundswell Productions, Mandalay, Film Colony, Volume One Entertainment, Camelot, Cherry Road Films, Bona Fide, Artina, Fortis Films and Contra Films, as well as agents from CAA, ICM, UTA, and the Gersh Agency.

Upon completion of Fast Track, the filmmakers become Film Independent Fellows and receive year-round support, including access to Find's annual film educational offerings, on-staff filmmaker adviser and the LAFF.

In addition to "Better," the projects chosen are: "Day Dream," Rodney Evans, writer/director, Shelby Stone, producer; "La Muneca Fea" (The Ugly Doll), George Reyes, director, Nekisa Cooper, producer; "Learning Uncle Vernon," Sheldon Candis, director, Jason Berman, producer; "Neither the Veil Nor the Four Walls," Afia Nathaniel, director, Rene Bastian, producer; "On the Ice," Andrew MacLean, writer/director, Cara Marcous, producer; "Sarah N_12," Sassie Sealie, writer/director, Krista Parris, producer; "See You on the Dark Side," Alexandra Kondracke, director, Monica Chuo, producer; "Summerteeth," Matt Bissonnette, writer/director, Corey Marr, produceer; and "Why We Pull the Trigger," Eric Lin, writer/director, Mynette Louie, producer.

Find also will release its annual New Talent Guide on its Web site starting Sunday at www.FilmIndependent.org/talentguide. The guide profiles 85 Film Independent Fellows accepted into its talent development program over the last year.
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