'We are thrilled to offer additional support to these uniquely talented and visionary artists,' Michelle Satter, director of the Feature Film Program, said.
'We are committed to a year-round programme that provides our film-makers with financial support in the form of mini-grants and fellowships and continued creative and strategic guidance from experienced mentors.'
The projects and participants selected for the Feature Film Program's 2007 fellowship and grants are:
- Chad Burris - producer, The Left-Handed Path. In the late 1980s on the Navajo Reservation, a 16-year-old girl struggles with her faith, family, culture and devil-worshipping.
- Tanya Hamilton - writer/director, Stringbean And Marcus. 1970s-set tale about a spirited ten-year-old girl who uncovers the mystery surrounding the death of her father, a member of the Black Panthers.
- Victoria Mahoney - writer/director, Yelling To The Sky. In a depraved New York neighborhood, the youngest of three mixed-race sisters tries to avoid a life of crime.
The Mark Silverman Fellowship for New Producers goes to Burris. The Maryland Film Fellowship goes to Hamilton and Mahoney, and the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship is awarded to Mahoney.