On April 13, 2011, Cinereach celebrated its outgoing Reach Film Fellows at the fourth annual Reach Out event. We screened all four Fellowship films for cast, crew, family and some friends of Cinereach, and surprised the fellows with bonus grants of $1,000 to put towards festival campaigns.
We’re so proud of the stunning finished films, and of how the fellows navigated the intense seven-month program, taking their films from concept to completion. For an overview of the 2011 Reach Film Fellowship, check out the behind-the-scenes video here. Our first album of photos from the event is up on Facebook (more to come).
Pictured above are the 2011 Reach Film Fellows with their mentors (from left to right) Marshall Curry, Matt Bockelman, Nancy Schwartzman, Nick Paley, Francisco Bello, Jay Van Hoy, Kaz Phillips Safer, and Karin Chien.
The four 2011 Reach Film Fellows and Films are:
Matt Bockelman, You Have the Right to an Attorney (nonfiction)
You Have the Right to an Attorney enters the daily grind of two young public defenders in the South Bronx as they strive to resolve hundreds of client cases in a system they consider fundamentally broken. » More
Nick Paley, Open House (fiction)
In Open House a young man visits his grandparents and is the first in his family to realize the pair of them should no longer be living on their own.» More
Kaz Phillips Safer, Jolly Friends Forever More (fiction)
Jolly Friends Forever More tells the story of a homeless man who is befriended by a mysterious little girl that seems to appear and disappear at will. » More
Nancy Schwartzman, xoxosms (nonfiction)
xoxosms follows the courtship of a young couple that falls in love via Skype, chat and Facebook and relocates to be together. » More
The four fellows were selected through an open application process and, once accepted, given a grant, production resources, access to the Cinereach staff, and help from a community of highly invested colleagues. The mentors met one-on-one with the fellows at critical points throughout the program. Advisors led workshops on topics such as crowd funding, social media, festival strategy, post-production workflow and pitching, and consulting producers were on call to help throughout.
We look forward to seeing what the future holds for these talented filmmakers and sharing it with all of you.
Congratulations to Nick, Kaz, Nancy and Matt!