Playwright Kirsten Greenidge and Filmmakers John Magary and Dee Rees Selected as 2008 Fellows
Los Angeles, CA – Sundance Institute and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) announced today the selection of playwright Kirsten Greenidge and filmmakers John Magary and Dees Rees as the 2008 Time Warner Storytelling Fellows. Greenidge (with her project BOSSA NOVA) participated in the 2008 Sundance Theatre Lab. Magary (with his project BLOOD ABUNDANCE, OR THE HALF-LIFE OF ANTOINETTE) and Rees (with her project PARIAH) participated in the 2008 Sundance Directors Lab.
The Time Warner Storytelling Advancement Fund, established in 2007, provides substantial support over four years to help fund the development and celebration of independent artists across the Sundance Institute's Feature Film and Theatre Programs. Time Warner Storytelling Fellows, a talented group of Sundance film and theatre artists (up to 20 Fellows over a four-year period), receive grants to enable them to focus specifically on the advancement of the narrative and voice in their projects. Additionally, the Fellows receive a combination of year-round guidance, residency support, mentoring, work presentation and professional development.
2008 Time Warner Storytelling Fellows:
BOSSA NOVA/Kirsten Greenidge (playwright)
BOSSA NOVA tells the story of Dee Paradis, the daughter of a Black bourgeois family, whose sense of self begins to erode at the predominantly white girls school she attends. Raised to be an achiever, she unwittingly begins an affair with an eccentric white professor who wants to get closer to "authentic" black experience. The play presents a poignant and fractured universe from the viewpoint of Dee’s spiraling mind.
Kirsten Greenidge earned her B.A. at Wesleyan University and her M.F.A. at the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa where she was a Barry Kemp Fellow. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Inc. Her work has been read at the Hourglass Theatre New Work Series and Playwrights Horizons, and performed at the Boston Theatre Marathon, the Humana Festival and New Georges. She has been commissioned by numerous theatres including Mixed Blood Theatre Company, The Huntington Theatre Company and South Coast Repertory. Greenidge was a 2002 Sundance Institute Ucross Fellow and 2008 Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow.
Set amidst poverty, with moments of both joy and upheaval, BLOOD ABUNDANCE, OR THE HALF-LIFE OF ANTOINETTE is a retelling of the chaotic life of Antoinette Dawson as she raises seven children in New Orleans.
John Magary has written and directed several short films, including SITE IN FISHKILL CREEK, WE ARE ALL GUERRILLAS, WHAT'S IT LIKE THERE? and OUR NATIONAL PARKS. His short film THE SECOND LINE was a national finalist for the Student Academy Awards, and has played at festivals around the world, including Sundance, SXSW (Special Jury Prize), Tribeca, AFI Dallas (Grand Jury Prize, Best Short), Edinburgh, and Torino. Magary was a 2008 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Lab Fellow.
PARIAH/Dee Rees (writer/director)
A lesbian teenager in the Bronx juggles multiple identities to please friends and family, but pressure from home, school, and within corrodes the line between her dual personas, with explosive consequences.
Dee Rees is a recent alumna of NYU's Graduate Film Program. As a short film, PARIAH screened at more than 40 film festivals including the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival (Audience Award) and Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (Best Student Live Action Short). Rees was a 2008 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Lab Fellow.
The Time Warner Storytelling Fellows are chosen for the uniqueness and diversity of a project's voice and narrative, and the particular timeliness of the story and its perspective. These artists will be developing projects which highlight the role and importance of storytelling in specific aspects of the creative process; in personal vision and perspective; and as a central component in embracing the diversity of our common experience.
Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Fellow Tracey Scott Wilson was recipient of the 2007 Time Warner Fellowship. Her project THE GOOD NEGRO will have its world premiere on October 15, 2008, at the Dallas Theatre Center. ( 2007 Feature Film Program recipient Patricia Benoit is in final re-writes of her project HAITI CHERIE and plans to be in production in Fall 2009.
Sundance Institute
Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute has grown into an internationally recognized resource for thousands of independent artists through its Sundance Film Festival and artistic development programs for filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, playwrights, and theatre artists. The original values of independence, creative risk-taking, and discovery continue to define and guide the work of Sundance Institute, both with US artists and, increasingly, with artists from other regions of the world.
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