Three filmmakers earn Sundance fellowships


NEW YORK -- The Sundance Institute has announced the three emerging filmmakers who will receive its 2007 Feature Film Program fellowships and grants.

Producer Chad Burris has been awarded the Mark Silverman Fellowship for New Producers for writer/director Blackhorse Lowe's "The Left-Handed Path," a 2006 Sundance Screenwriters Lab project. For the story of a Navajo teenage girl's struggles with her culture and devil-worshipping, Burris will receive a $5,000 pre-production grant and a year of mentorship from independent producers Meg LeFauve and Ed Saxon, production executive Matthew Greenfield, agent Graham Taylor, and music supervisor Tracy McKnight.

Writer/director Victoria Mahoney has received the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship for her project "Yelling at the Sky," the story of a young sister in a tough New York neighborhood facing difficult life choices. Mahoney will receive a $2,500 grant for her 2006 Screenwriters and Directors Labs project and mentorship from screenwriters Walter Bernstein and John Gatins.

Mahoney also received this year's Maryland Film Fellowship along with writer/director Tanya Hamilton, whose period film "Stringbean and Marcus" chronicles a 10-year-old girl who grapples with the death of her Black Panther father. Each will get $5,000 from the Producers Club of Maryland for the production of their features.