Caran Hartsfield's drama Bury Me Standing will receive the 2004 Producers Club ofMaryland Fellowship, set up to help a Sundance Institute Feature Film Programmealumnus with a feature project.
The annual fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to help fund afilmmaker's post-Sundance Lab and pre-production expenses, which may includecasting, budgeting, and location scouting.
Caran Hartsfield is an alumnus of NYU's Graduate Film Programmeand won numerous awards for her short films Double-Handed and Kiss It Up To God.
The screenplay for Bury Me Standing was developed at the CannesFilm Festival's Cinefoundation Residency in Paris and later went on to win theIFP's Gordon Parks Screenplay Award and the First Place Richard Vague NYUAlumni Screenwriting Award.
Hartsfield participated in the Sundance Institute's JanuaryScreenwriters Lab and June Film-makers/Screenwriters Lab programmes in 2003.
Bury Me Standing charts a family's efforts to regroup following the death of arelative and their attempts to confront their biggest fears.
"The generous support of theProducers Club of Maryland will have a real impact in providing Caran with theresources she needs to move forward into pre-production," Sundance InstituteFeature Film Programme director Michelle Satter said in a statement.
The MarylandProducers Club was created in 1993 by producer Jed Dietz to help the MarylandFilm Office promote the state as a film and television location.