The new program, titled Powderkeg: Fuse, will launch with the production of six short films from an inclusive group of ethnically diverse female directors. (Feig has been a longtime proponent of the inclusion rider that promotes gender and race diversity in below-the-line jobs on film sets.)
The directors were chosen from a pool of 40 women who were invited to submit concepts based on a call for ideas that would showcase Los Angeles’ diversity. They were then paired with top producers and casting directors and mentored by Feig to prep their shorts, which begin production this week in Los Angeles.
Each short film will act as a proof of concept for an original series, with Powderkeg attached to produce. All of the shorts will be bundled and distributed as part of the Fuse Anthology, 30 minutes of thematically tied content.
“Each of these women has a very unique comedic voice and aesthetic and we are thrilled to be able to bring their short films to life. These are talented directors ready for the next step in their careers and we hope this is the beginning of a long working relationship with each of the them,” said Feig and Fischer.
The directors participating in Powderkeg: Fuse are below.
Hannah Levy and Adriana Robles – Francis 2.0 set in West Hollywood
Jess de la Merced – Phony set in the San Gabriel Valley
Thembi Banks – Baldwin Beauty set in Baldwin Hills
Talia Osteen – Shabbos Goy set in Pico Robertson
Lizzy Sanford – Freckle and the Shih Tzu
Jeanne Jo – Rachel From New York set in Frogtown