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WIF | The Sundance Institute
Financing Intensive

Equipping filmmakers with financing strategies and introducing them to leading financiers.

For the last eight years, The Sundance Institute and WIF have been working together to address the most challenging obstacles facing women filmmakers at structural and project-based levels. Accessing capital remains elusive even for seasoned creators, and our research has shown that women continue to deal with particular gendered biases that make it harder to secure financing.

The annual WIF and The Sundance Institute Financing Intensive is designed to help producers—fiction and documentary—build the skills and relationships necessary to advance a front-burner project to the next stage of financing success. Over two days, producers and their attached directors participate in small group workshops focused on both pitching and financing strategy, professional skills development, and one-on-one meetings with potential financiers and partners.

The goal of this Intensive is for producers who are actively seeking financing to walk away with stronger presentations as well as actionable, strategic steps to advance their projects to the next stage, and a chance to meet with potential supporters and new allies.

For questions, please contact the WIF Programs Team at programs@wif.org.

FELLOWS

Documentary

Fiction

Confidential Charles Burnett and Nicole Lucas Haimes Policing Documentary

• Nicole Lucas Haimes, Producer/Director
• Alessandra Pasquino, Producer
• Charles Burnett, Director

Confidential Charles Burnett and Nicole Lucas Haimes Policing Documentary

• Nicole Lucas Haimes, Producer/Director
• Alessandra Pasquino, Producer
• Charles Burnett, Director

Logline
Amidst an epidemic of the unwarranted use of deadly force by police and a nationwide call for reform, a well-known anti-gang officer sits for the camera for the first time to speak of the worst sins he committed in the name of fighting violent crime. His powerful and intimate telling reveals the hidden drivers of cop culture that lead officers to violence, brutality, and the violation of constitutional policing norms.

Nicole Lucas Haimes, Producer/Director
Nicole Lucas Haimes is an award-winning filmmaker and investigative journalist whose television credits include CBS, BET, A&E, and the ABC News flagship documentary series “Turning Point.” For PBS, Haimes wrote, produced, and directed the Emmy-nominated CRACKING THE CODE. Her feature documentaries include the New York Times critic pick CHICKEN PEOPLE, which, prior to its 2016 theatrical release, opened at SXSW and was nominated for the festival’s Gamechanger award, and THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE HUNGRY, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. Featured in the ESPN Films 30 For 30 collection, it was called “brilliant” by The Washington Post.

Alessandra Pasquino, Producer
Alessandra Pasquino is an Italian-born producer and filmmaker. Her most recent projects include: co-producing BAD REPUTATION about iconic rock star Joan Jett, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival; and production for the IMAX documentary SUPERPOWER DOGS (Science Centers nationwide). Notable past collaborations include projects with Oliver Stone, Leonardo Di Caprio, Wayne Wang, Matthew Rolston, Klaus Kinski, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, The Nomadic Museum of ASHES AND SNOW, and BMG. In addition, Pasquino has produced and directed numerous award-winning ethnographic films on the effects of globalization on culture and health in developing countries for the UCLA Department of Anthropology.

Charles Burnett, Director
A MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, Charles Burnett’s body of work is recognized with an Honorary Academy Award. His films include THE GLASS SHIELD, a groundbreaking narrative on police corruption and violence, as well as the Library of Congress National Film Registry selections KILLER OF SHEEP (among the Registry’s first 50 films) and TO SLEEP WITH ANGER. His nonfiction work includes THE BLUES, produced by Martin Scorsese, and the recent PBS documentary POWER TO HEAL, on the painful and death-riddled history of segregation at Southern U.S. hospitals. Burnett is currently attached to direct an Amazon Studios project on Robert Smalls.

Hummingbirds

• Leslie Benavides, Producer
• Silvia Castaños, Co-Director
• Estefanía Contreras, Co-Director
• Rivkah Beth Medow, Co-Producer
• Jillian Schlesinger, Producer/Co-Director

Hummingbirds

• Leslie Benavides, Producer
• Silvia Castaños, Co-Director
• Estefanía Contreras, Co-Director
• Rivkah Beth Medow, Co-Producer
• Jillian Schlesinger, Producer/Co-Director

Logline
In this collaborative coming-of-age film, best friends Silvia and Beba escape the cruel heat of their Texas border town, wandering empty streets at night in search of inspiration, adventure, and a sense of belonging. When forces threaten their shared dreams, they hold onto what they can—the moment and each other.

Leslie Benavides, Producer
Leslie Benavides is an independent film producer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. Her feature debut as producer and co-editor, HUMMINGBIRDS, is supported by the Sundance Institute, Field of Vision, NBC Studios, and Arts2Work. In her producing role of HUMMINGBIRDS she is a 2021 NBC Studios Original Voices Fellow. Benavides was born and raised in southeast Houston and has a B.A. from Brown University in Urban Public Policy. Her work, both policy-based and artistic, explores her upbringing in a mixed-status family, Indigenous rights, the War on Drugs in Latin America, and restorative justice.

Silvia Castaños, Co-Director
Silvia Castaños is an activist, poet, and filmmaker born and raised in Laredo, TX. Her activism and art are both grounded in community, justice, and self-determination. At 17, Silvia’s short film OCEAN, a visual poem depicting a queer love story of a trans man and a cis woman, won a jury prize for documentary at the Laredo International Media & Film Festival. HUMMINGBIRDS is her first feature.

Estefanía Contreras, Co-Director
Estefanía “Beba” Contreras is a musician, visual artist, and first-time filmmaker based in Laredo, TX. Contreras is a graduate of the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communication and Fine Arts, where she studied piano. She is also a self-taught guitarist and singer-songwriter working on her first album. As a visual artist her work spans many mediums including portrait photography, drawing, and tattoos. Contreras was born in Mexico and dreams of living in space. HUMMINGBIRDS is her first film, both in front of and behind the camera.

Rivkah Beth Medow, Co-Producer
Rivkah Beth Medow makes films that deepen connections and build community. Her credits include AHEAD OF THE CURVE (2020, STARZ; Producer/Co-Director), SONS OF A GUN (2009, SXSW/PBS; Director/Producer); BEING GEORGE CLOONEY (2016, Netflix; Producer); HUMMINGBIRDS (in production, Co-Producer), and JEANNETTE (in production, Executive Producer). Meadow co-founded Frankly Speaking Films in 2020 to center mesmerizing stories of queer women and non-binary people. She lives and loves in Oakland, CA.

Jillian Schlesinger, Producer/Co-Director
Jillian Schlesinger is an independent producer whose collaborative youth-driven nonfiction filmmaking focuses on stories told by young people on their own terms, including MAIDENTRIP (SXSW 2013 Audience Award) and HUMMINGBIRDS (currently in production, supported by Sundance Institute and Field of Vision). Schlesinger and her HUMMINGBIRDS collaborators are part of the inaugural 2021 cohort of NBC Studios Original Voices Fellows. She is also working closely with Arts2Work on the development of an apprenticeship program for emerging documentary editors from underrepresented backgrounds.

Presente!

• Luiza Botelho Almeida, Producer/EP
• Livia Perini, Producer/Director
• Daniele (Dani) Wieczorek de Souza, Producer/EP

Presente!

• Luiza Botelho Almeida, Producer/EP
• Livia Perini, Producer/Director
• Daniele (Dani) Wieczorek de Souza, Producer/EP

Logline
Despite the clear intentions of suppressing the deeds of African-Brazilian City Councilwoman Marielle Franco through her brutal political assassination in 2018, Black female leaders rise throughout Brazil determined to make positive change, no matter the circumstances or the risks they face.

Luiza Botelho Almeida, Producer/EP
Co-owner of Casa de Criação Cinema, producer, director, and screenwriter. Produced the award-winning documentary MY FRIEND FELA, which premiered at the 2019 International Film Festival Rotterdam and won prizes at FESPACO, PAFF, It’s All True, and Ecrans Noirs Film Festival, and was sold to PBS. Recently, she produced the full-length feature fiction film O PAI DA RITA (RITA’S FATHER—in post-production), a co-production with Globo Films, a “bro-mance” with majority black cast about two samba musicians who fight over the paternity of the daughter of the love of their lives. As Client Director at Genero, she creatively directed over 70 MobileWorks Facebook projects. Clients included: Diageo, Unilever, Walmart, among others.

Livia Perini, Producer/Director
Having lived in New York over the past four years, Brazilian filmmaker Livia Perini has accumulated vast experience working as a director, producer, cinematographer, and writer for partners such as HBO, MTV, Food Network, Nestlé, Microsoft, Visa, and Motorola. Her short documentary COR DE PELE (SKIN COLOR) premiered this year at international film festivals and has won over 20 awards worldwide, including for Best Documentary and an Audience Award at the Boston International Short Film Festival, an Audience Award at the São Paulo Film Festival, and Brazil’s main film award, from the Brazilian Film Academy, for Best Short Documentary.

Daniele (Dani) Wieczorek de Souza, Producer/EP
With over 13 years of experience in advertising, five of which working closely with entertainment, Dani Wieczorek is an award-winning creative producer, acting from concept to production of world-class multi-disciplinary projects. Her experience includes a physical and digital magazine to promote Quentin Tarantino’s last film, ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD, himself claimed “required reading,” and an Usher song release (“Chains”) through a website that demands the user’s attention to police brutality. Brazilian-born and raised, Wieczorek has lived in Los Angeles since 2018 when she moved to open the new local office for AKQA (digital agency part of WPP Group).

The Untitled 19th* News Film

• Heather Courtney, Director/Producer
• Princess Hairston, Director/Co-Producer
• Chelsea Hernandez, Director/Producer
• Diane Quon, Producer

The Untitled 19th* News Film

• Heather Courtney, Director/Producer
• Princess Hairston, Director/Co-Producer
• Chelsea Hernandez, Director/Producer
• Diane Quon, Producer

Logline
In 2020, a fearless group of journalists seeks to upend the status quo of the mostly white, majority male legacy newsrooms by launching an all-women and non-binary news start-up. Building a newsroom that reflects the women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ communities they’re writing about, The 19th* News could be a model in these changing times—IF they can survive their tumultuous first years.

Heather Courtney, Director/Producer
Based in Los Angeles, Courtney is an Emmy-winning filmmaker and a Guggenheim, Sundance, and Fulbright fellow. Her film WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM was broadcast nationally on the PBS series “POV,” and won an Emmy, an Independent Spirit Award, and a SXSW Jury Award. She also co-directed and produced a Ford-funded feature documentary on DACA students called THE UNAFRAID, which was broadcast on the national PBS series “America ReFramed.” Prior to receiving her M.F.A. in Film, Courtney spent eight years writing and photographing for the United Nations and several refugee organizations, including in the Rwandan refugee camps after the 1994 genocide there.

Princess Hairston, Director/Co-Producer
Princess A. Hairston is a creative director, cinematographer, producer, and Emmy-nominated editor based in New York City. Hairston was recently selected as one of 25 filmmaker nominees for the 2020 Lynn Shelton Of A Certain Age grant. She has produced and directed films and has edited several films like PIER KIDS, FRESH DRESSED, MASTERPIECE OF LOVE, and CAPTURE with Mark Seliger. She is a 2018 recipient of the Karen Schmeer Editing Fellowship and a 2018 Winner of the NYTVF + WEtv Producer Pitch. Her work has been recognized with nominations and awards from the Emmys, The Webbys, and many film festivals.

Chelsea Hernandez, Director/Producer
Chelsea Hernandez is a Mexican-American filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. Named as one of Texas Monthly’s “10 Filmmakers on the Rise,” she is an eight-time Lone Star Emmy-winning director, producer, and editor. Hernandez worked on the PBS special “Fixing the Future,” hosted by NPR’s David Brancaccio and directed by Ellen Spiro; “United Tacos of America” (El Rey Network series); and “That Animal Rescue Show,” executive produced by Richard Linklater (CBS All-Access). Hernandez directed/produced the documentary, AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE (2018 SXSW Texas Short Jury Winner, Field of Vision, Firelight Media). She made her feature directorial debut with the award-winning documentary BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM (SXSW 2019, PBS).

Diane Quon, Producer
Academy Award-nominated Diane Quon worked as a marketing executive at NBC and Paramount Pictures in L.A. before moving back to her hometown of Chicago. Quon produced the Kartemquin documentaries: Oscar and Emmy nominated, Sundance and Peabody award-winning film, MINDING THE GAP (Hulu); THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE (SXSW 2020); FINDING YINGYING (MTVDocs); and FOR THE LEFT HAND. In addition, she produced WUHAN WUHAN (HotDocs 2021), and is developing a fiction film based on a New York Times best-seller. Quon is an AMPAS and PGA member, the recipient of the 2020 Cinereach Producer Award, and is a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow.

Untitled Muscogee (Creek) Nation Documentary

• Rebecca Landsberry-Baker, Producer/Director

Untitled Muscogee (Creek) Nation Documentary

• Rebecca Landsberry-Baker, Producer/Director

Logline
After years of hard-hitting journalism, the Muscogee Nation’s landmark Free Press Act was suddenly repealed in 2018, forcing tribal journalists to publish a newly-censored version of The Mvskoke News. With the McGirt v. Oklahoma Supreme Court case looming, a dogged reporter fights to expose corruption and bring free press back.

Rebecca Landsberry-Baker, Producer/Director
Rebecca Landsberry-Baker is a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Ford Foundation JustFilms grantee. She is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Executive Director of the NATIVE AMERICAN JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION, a nonprofit advocating for accurate representation of Indigenous people in media. Landsberry-Baker is a 2018 recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “NATIVE AMERICAN 40 UNDER 40” award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and is currently directing her first documentary feature film, which follows the story of free press within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Untitled Objects (Working Title)

• Maggie Corona-Goldstein, Producer
• Mireya Martinez, Producer/Writer
• Alisha Tejpal, Director/Writer

Untitled Objects (Working Title)

• Maggie Corona-Goldstein, Producer
• Mireya Martinez, Producer/Writer
• Alisha Tejpal, Director/Writer

Logline
Seeking to trace missing family heirlooms, a filmmaker unravels her family’s legacy and the curiously parallel evolution of India.

Maggie Corona-Goldstein, Producer
Maggie Corona-Goldstein is a producer and co-founder of Hello Benjamin Films. In 2020, she participated in the Visions du Réel Industry Rough Cut Lab with a feature in post production. In 2019, Corona-Goldstein was named a Sundance Documentary Fund Grantee. Her work explores arts and activism, with a focus on social issues and community development. She has also served as a Program Coordinator in non-profit arts education for youth throughout Los Angeles. Corona-Goldstein holds an M.F.A. in Theatre from the California Institute of the Arts, and a B.A. in Theatre and Creative Writing from the University of Oregon.

Mireya Martinez, Producer/Writer
Mireya Martinez is a Mexican-American producer, filmmaker, and writer. She recently produced and co-wrote the short film LATA which screened at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, Sundance, and Rotterdam, amongst others, and received the ARTE award at Kurz Film Festival Hamburg. Currently, Martinez is working on Terra Long’s feature length experimental documentary THE GRASS WE CALL A TREE, UNTITLED OBJECTS (non-fiction), and co-writing a feature script based on LATA. She is drawn to stories that make palpable the invisible forces that shape human behavior and present the human experience in all of its tatteredness, magnitude, and joy. She holds an M.F.A. in film directing from CalArts.

Alisha Tejpal, Director/Writer
Alisha Tejpal is an Indian filmmaker and producer currently living in L.A. Her film LATA screened at Sundance, Rotterdam, and the San Sebastian Film Festival, and most recently won the Arte Award at Kurz Film Festival Hamburg. She was a fellow at the 2018 Doc’s Kingdom Seminar. Tejpal’s work varies in form from experimental, essayistic, and docu-fiction hybrids, but their commonality lies in their investigation of the invisible. Currently, she is developing two feature length projects: UNTITLED OBJECTS (Creative Documentary) and FOR THE EYES ARE BLIND TO THE STAIRWELLS (Fiction). She holds an M.F.A. in film directing from CalArts.

Burning Well

• Karishma Dev Dube, Producer
• Mary Evangelista, Producer/Director/Writer
• Simone Ling, Producer

Burning Well

• Karishma Dev Dube, Producer
• Mary Evangelista, Producer/Director/Writer
• Simone Ling, Producer

Logline
The film follows a young trans masculine chef, who heads home to upstate New York for a family emergency, only to encounter an unresolved childhood love.

Karishma Dev Dube, Producer
Karishma Dube is an Indian filmmaker based in New York. Born and raised in New Delhi, she came to the states to attend the Graduate Film Program at NYU, as a recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship. Her latest film BITTU premiered at Telluride Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards, and won the DGA Student Award and Student Academy Award in 2020. Dube’s work has been featured in Filmmaker Magazine, BBC World, Bloomberg, The Advocate, and The Juggernaut. Her previous film DEVI played 54 international film festivals, including BFI London Film Festival, Frameline, and Outfest L.A., where it won the Grand Jury Prize.

Mary Evangelista, Producer/Director/Writer
Mary Evangelista is a filmmaker born in the Philippines and raised in California’s Bay Area. Evangelista received an M.F.A. from NYU Tisch for Writing and Directing. Their short film, FRAN THIS SUMMER, is an LGBTQ summer love story that has screened in over 30 festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival. Evangelista co-created WATER MELTS, a Tribeca Film Institute and Google-supported VR rom-com which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and screened at Rotterdam International Film Festival. Evangelista was a Project Involve Fellow with Film Independent where they directed the short LA GLORIA. Evangelista’s debut feature film, BURNING WELL, received a 2020 Tribeca All Access grant.

Simone Ling, Producer
Simone Ling’s producing credits include Aurora Guerrero’s MOSQUITA Y MARI, a Spirit Award nominee, and Anahita Ghazvinizadeh’s THEY, a Cannes Film Festival Official Selection nominated for a Queer Palm and Camera d’Or. A member of IATSE/Motion Picture Editors Guild, the Producers Guild of America, and BAFTA/LA, clients have included Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, and the Sundance Institute. A Senior Lecturer and Creative Mentor at the AFI Conservatory, she holds Masters degrees from the University of Oxford and Stanford University, sits on a number of BIPOC juries, BAFTA/LA’s New Talent Committee, and is a facilitator for Cine Qua Non’s Script Revision Lab.

In My Father's House

• Melissa Adeyemo, Producer
• Abbesi Akhamie, Director/Writer

In My Father's House

• Melissa Adeyemo, Producer
• Abbesi Akhamie, Director/Writer

Logline
IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE is a coming-of-age drama following a reluctant Nigerian-American woman, whose arrival in Lagos, Nigeria to meet her estranged father unexpectedly triggers an emotional journey of self-discovery that changes her forever.

Melissa Adeyemo, Producer
Melissa Adeyemo is a Nigerian-American producer and the founder of Ominira Studios, a New York-based production company. Her first feature EYIMOFE premiered at the 2020 Berlinale, has shown at over 20 festivals, and was acquired by Criterion Collection. She is currently working on the documentary DUSTY & STONES, a recipient of the Keep The Lights On Grant and a Gotham Documentary Feature Lab fellow. Adeyemo is a fellow of the Cannes Producers’ Network, Creative Producers Indaba, Gotham Episodic Lab, and Attagirl Residency Program. She has an M.B.A. from NYU Stern and a B.A. from Columbia University.

Abbesi Akhamie, Director/Writer
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Abbesi Akhamie is an award-winning Nigerian-American writer/director and producer working between Lagos and New York City. She is an M.F.A. Film graduate from New York University with her films premiering at several renowned festivals. Her work is inspired by her bicultural heritage, focusing on African and diasporan cultures and experiences. Currently, she is developing her debut feature film, IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE, that will be filmed in Nigeria and has graciously been supported by Black Rock Artist Residency Program, NYSCA/NYFA Individual Artist Grant, TIFF Filmmaker Lab, and the Attagirl Residency Program.

Pulling Seedlings

• Eris Qian, Producer/Director/Writer

Pulling Seedlings

• Eris Qian, Producer/Director/Writer

Logline
When an algorithm convinces an ambitious Chinese-American mother that her daughter will never be anything more than average, she explores genetic technology that might eventually create the perfect child. PULLING SEEDLINGS is an intimate character drama charting one woman’s revelation of love and acceptance in a data-driven, socially competitive world.

Eris Qian, Producer/Director/Writer
Eris Qian is a writer/director/producer based in New York City and considers herself as a global nomad. Born and raised in China, she has lived, studied, and made documentaries in five continents. She leverages her diasporic experience to tell stories about finding one’s place in the world through connecting to the roots and accepting one self. Her short film MOTHER TONGUE premiered at CAAMFest 2020 and played at 10 festivals. Her feature script PULLING SEEDLINGS is a finalist of the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship 2021 and the Sloan Production Award. Qian holds M.B.A./M.F.A. dual degrees from NYU’s Stern and Tisch.

Not Your Average Queen

• Rochée Jeffrey, Director/Writer/Producer
• Valerie Steinberg, Producer

Not Your Average Queen

• Rochée Jeffrey, Director/Writer/Producer
• Valerie Steinberg, Producer

Logline
After a controversial ranking app is created for a high school to vote for their prom queen, a gender non-conforming teen decides to run in order to prove a point, but gets sucked into the pressure of traditional beauty standards, becoming the very thing she sought to defeat.

Rochée Jeffrey, Director/Writer/Producer
Rochée Jeffrey is a Jamaican writer/director/performer. Her TV writing credits include “SMILF” (Showtime), “Woke “(Hulu), “Bigger” (BET+), and “Santa Inc.” (HBO Max). She wrote the award-winning short film SUITABLE, which premiered on HBO. Jeffrey serves as producer and writer on the upcoming feature THROW IT BACK AND MAKE IT CLAP FOR TRUDY JONES starring Tiffany Haddish, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Young Thug. She is a 2021 Film Independent Screenwriting Fellow for NOT YOUR AVERAGE QUEEN. She has an adult-animated series EP’d and voiced by Lizzo and a half-hour series set up at FX. She’s represented by UTA and Rain Management Group.

Valerie Steinberg, Producer
Valerie Steinberg’s producing credits include the feature KARMALINK, which will world premiere as the Opening Night film of 2021 Venice Film Critics’ Week. She is an EP of the upcoming feature BEAST, directed by Riley Keough and Gina Gammell. She has taken part in the Rotterdam Lab, Berlinale Talents, Venice Biennale College Cinema, Film Independent Producing Lab, and Tribeca All Access. Her award-winning short film credits include BLOCKS (Sundance 2020), COFFEE SHOP NAMES (Tribeca 2021, HBO), HAIR WOLF (Sundance award winner; Criterion Channel), FRY DAY (SXSW, Tribeca award winner; Criterion Channel), and EVERYBODY DIES! (SXSW; Criterion). Steinberg graduated from Yale University.

Washing Elena

• Vanessa Perez, Producer
• Maria Victoria Ponce, Director/Writer

Washing Elena

• Vanessa Perez, Producer
• Maria Victoria Ponce, Director/Writer

Logline
WASHING ELENA follows 31-year-old Indalia as she attempts to solve the mystery surrounding her best’s friend’s sudden death.To find answers, Indalia must confront the realities of her friend’s surprising conversion to Islam, leading her to challenge her own biases and lingering guilt.

Vanessa Perez, Producer
Perez began her career at International Creative Management. After leaving ICM, her goal was to create multicultural content that resonates globally, she found this at CANANA (Pablo Cruz, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal). Perez was the executive in charge of production on MISS BALA, directed by Gerardo Naranjo, MISS BALA was the first CANANA production picked up for distribution in the U.S., through Fox International Productions. Perez Executive Produced PARAISO, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and COME OUT AND PLAY, a TIFF Midnight Premiere which was picked up for U.S. distribution by Cinedigm. Perez was a Producer on CESAR CHAVEZ, starring Michael Peña, America Ferrera, and Rosario Dawson, and Executive Produced the docu-series “Back Home” for Fusion Network, a joint venture between ABC and UNIVISION. In 2019, Perez’ launched LA CONDESA FILMS, a company devoted to multicultural projects with a focus on first-time female directors. Her current projects include WASHING ELENA, directed by Vicky Ponce. The project was part of AT&T/Tribeca Untold Stories and supported by SFFILM Rainin Grant. She is currently in production of documentary film WALK WITH ME, directed by Heidi Levitt, and Executive Produced by Alex Gibney, the project has been supported by Jewish Story Partners and ANOUSCHKA directed by Tamara Shogaolu. ANOUSCHKA, an animated short film supported by NETFLIX and LALIFF. In her effort to support BIPOC voices, Perez is currently a thesis mentor for M.F.A. candidates at the American Film Institute.

Maria Victoria Ponce, Director/Writer
Originally from Michoacán, Mexico, Maria Victoria Ponce is a San Francisco Bay Area film director/writer who grew up in Richmond, California. She appreciates the complexity in the routine lives within poor and working class neighborhoods, themes of sexuality and coming of age tend to recur in her work. Ponce is a Cine Qua Non Lab fellow, NALIP Latino Media Market fellow, a Latino Screenwriting Project fellow, and an artist resident at SFFILM FilmHouse 2018 and 2019. She was also selected as one of five finalists for Tribeca/AT&T Untold Stories. WASHING ELENA is on the Black List’s inaugural Latinx List. Ponce was selected as a fellow for Film Independent’s Fast Track and awarded the SFFILM Rainin Grant in development. Ponce served on SFFILM’s Time Warner Diversity committee.
Ponce wrote and directed the short film RUDA, an official selection of Women In Film Shorts Night 2021, Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, Urbanworld, and Native Crossroads Film Festival. Her latest projects include writing the feature-length script HELLA AQUA NET, the short horror EASTER HILL, and the comedy short DEATH AND DEATHABILITY. DEATH AND DEATHABILITY was just awarded the LATINXEXPERIENCE grant and will premiere on PBS in July of 2021.

Wheels Come Off

• Kryzz Gautier, Producer/Director/Writer

Wheels Come Off

• Kryzz Gautier, Producer/Director/Writer

Logline
In the year 2065, a fiery teenager with a wild imagination, her paraplegic mom, and their clueless robot struggle to navigate the post-apocalypse; but when the mother’s wheelchair breaks, the trio must venture out into the dangerous “outside” for a chance to survive.

Kryzz Gautier, Producer/Director/Writer
Queer, Afro-Latina writer/director born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Since transitioning from undocumented to documented Gautier has written on an HBO series, sold two shows to studios, has a third with a producer that has a deal at a streamer, and a few others in different stages of development. On the feature front, Gautier has a film she wrote and will be directing set up at Film4 with Yann Demange and Hilary Leavitt producing. Gautier is a fellow from prestigious programs like The Black List, Ryan Murphy’s “Half Initiative,” Joey Soloway’s “Disruptors,” and the Sundance Institute among others.