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2017 GRANTEES

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NETTLES  |  DIRECTOR: RAVEN JACKSON

Nettles are stinging plants. This short film is comprised of seven chapters, each exploring stinging moments in the lives of different girls and women.

Official Selection:
Palm Springs International ShortFest
San Sebastián International Film Festival

Raven Jackson is a filmmaker and poet currently attending NYU's Graduate Film Program. In her work, gray areas of life are often detailed. She is particularly interested in stories which add texture to the pivotal experience of coming-of-age and/or into one's sexuality. NETTLES is her fifth narrative short film and she's currently developing a feature-length script exploring coming-of-age themes in the American South. Her book of poetry, Little Violences, is available from Cutbank Literary Magazine. Raven is a Cave Canem fellow and a graduate of the New School's Writing Program.

producer: MARIA ALTAMIRANO
cinematography: JOMO FRAY
production design: ALI KASHFI

 

WHERE THE BOYS ARE  |  DIRECTOR: JOSHUA GLEASON

Three lonely souls converge at a virtual reality sex clinic, in a future where digital pleasure has replaced physical intimacy and relationships. Currently in pre-production.

Joshua Gleason is a filmmaker and founding member of the Spirit Farm film collective. He has written, directed, and shot several short films that have screened at international art and film festivals. He has collaborated below-the-line on acclaimed micro-budget films like Matt Porterfield’s PUTTY HILL and Andrew Ahn’s SPA NIGHT. Josh received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.F.A. in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). WHERE THE BOYS ARE will be his feature directorial debut.

producers: ALEXANDRA BYER, GIULIA CARUSO
cinematography: KI JIN KIM

 

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THE EARTHENWARE HEAD  |  DIRECTOR: JARED HUTCHINSON

An experimental and ethereal feature, loosely based on biographical stories from Sylvia Plath’s life with her husband, Ted Hughes, in which a woman receives a package that haunts her. Currently in post-production.

Jared Hutchinson holds a B.A. in Film and Television Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A. in Film, Video and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a video editor. THE EARTHENWARE HEAD marks his feature directorial debut.

cinematography: BEN LOUIS NICHOLAS
cast: KATE LYN SHEIL, LAWRENCE MICHAEL LEVINE, KAYLA MURRAY, JONATHAN GEAN

 

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THE CURE FOR FEAR (SERIES)  |  DIRECTOR: LANA WILSON

Neuroscientist Dr. Merel Kindt has discovered a cure for phobias using common medication. It's a brief but intense exposure to the patient's fear, followed by taking a single pill. 24 hours later, the fear is gone. From animal phobias to PTSD, the potential impact is both profound and dazzlingly complex. A CURE FOR FEAR goes inside Dr. Kindt's radical treatments as she explores the ethically treacherous grounds of curing our most human ailment.

Official Selection:
Camden International Film Festival

Lana Wilson's first feature film, AFTER TILLER, premiered in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and controversy. It went on to a fifty-city theatrical release and won the Emmy Award® for Best Documentary. Her follow-up, THE DEPARTURE, recently premiered in competition at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to unanimous praise and is still touring the festival circuit. She works in television in a variety of capacities, has taught master classes and workshops at UnionDocs and DCTV, and has given lectures at a range of contemporary art and film institutions. She holds a B.A. in Film Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University.

producers: SHRIHARI SATHE; LANA WILSON
cinematography: EMILY TOPPER