40 picked for diversity mentorship


Film Independent has selected 40 fellows for Project: Involve, its annual diversity mentorship program.

The participants were announced at a reception at the Eastman Kodak Co. Thursday night.

Project: Involve is dedicated to increasing cultural diversity in the film industry by cultivating the careers of under-represented filmmakers. The program, which runs from Nov. through June, offers a combination of one-on-one mentorships, filmmaking workshops, community screenings and job placement.

Additionally, Project: Involve Fellows receive a complimentary one-year membership to Film Independent.

"We have a remarkable group of filmmakers from culturally diverse backgrounds in this year's Project: Involve," Dawn Hudson, FIND exec director, said. "Project: Involve serves as an effective incubator for diverse voices in the industry and we are proud that this signature program has cultivated the talents and careers of more than 450 filmmakers."

This year's participants are:

Directors Shawna Baca, Anthony Buncio, Fernanda Cardoso, Rahul Das, Dustin Owl Johnson, Masami Kawai, Danny Lee, Hezekiah Lewis, Stacey Marbrey, Judy Marcelline, Jon Maxwell, Mahesh Pailoor and Santiago Tapia.

Writer/directors Justin Chiang, Tze Chun, Rafael Del Toro, Anitra Evans, Michael Flores, Juli Kang, Elizabeth Kim and Nathan Kitada.

Writers Margaret Chandra Kerrison, Timothy Knight, LaToya Morgan, Angela Salamanca and Joanna Renita Terry.

Cinematographers Tenolian Bell, Neal Mhaskar, June Park.

Composer Chanda Dancy.

Actors Colette Divine and Kalen Feeney.

Editor Moses Galindo.

Manager/agent Petra Kauraisa.

Documentarians Camila Martins and Jonathan Menendez.

Producers Michael Lopez, Anne Madden, Joseph H. Shim and Monique Taylor.