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Introducing the 2011 Reach Film Fellows!
Dear Friends of Cinereach,

It's been a busy fall for The Reach Film Fellowship. We selected our four new fellows, kicked off the 2011 program, and greenlit our fellows' short films. We're delighted to be by their side as they progress towards completion in spring 2011.

The Fellowship, now in its fourth year, is a specialized program for emerging filmmakers making shorts that artfully tackle vital themes. Cinereach provides funding, seven months of mentorship and personalized creative and professional support.

We're proud to introduce the 2011 Reach Film Fellows and their mentors:

Matt Bockelman
You Have The Right to an Attorney (nonfiction)
Matt's film explores the complex relationship between a Bronx public defender and his defendants, and the gray area between professional and personal ethics. Matt recently completed The Unofficial House Band, which tells the story of a musician serving time in Sing Sing Prison, and a web-based doc series called Meet the Gardeners for Madison Square Garden. Matt's mentor, Marshall Curry, is the Director, DP and Editor of Racing Dreams, which won Best Doc at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, and the Academy Award and Emmy-nominated Street Fight. » More
Kaz Phillips Safer
Jolly Friends Forever More (fiction)
In Jolly Friends Forever More, the boundary between imagination and hallucination is tested when a homeless man is befriended by a mysterious little girl that seems able to appear and disappear at will. Kaz's previous film Megafauna was directed and developed at AFI's Directing Workshop for Women. It won AFI's 2010 Jean Picker Firstenberg Award for Excellence and is distributed by IndiePix. Kaz's mentor, Karin Chien, has produced seven feature films, including The Exploding Girl and The Motel. Her films have won over 75 festival awards, premiered at Sundance and Berlin, and are distributed internationally.» 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 should no longer be living on their own. Nick's previous short Picture Day, produced with the support of the Warner Brothers Film Fund, was a finalist for the 2008 Student Academy Awards. Nick's mentor, Jay Van Hoy, established the production company Parts and Labor with Lars Knudsen. This year, they premiered Aaron Katz's Cold Weather at SXSW and Cam Archer's Shit Year (starring Ellen Barkin) at Cannes.
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Nancy Schwartzman
xoxosms (nonfiction)
What do digital intimacy and love in the 21st century look like? xoxosms follows the courtship of a young couple that fell in love via Skype and Facebook and relocated to be together. Her previous film, The Line, which Nancy continues to screen at festivals and events, explores sexual boundaries and consent from a sex-positive point of view. Nancy's mentor, Francisco Bello, was nominated for an Academy Award for the short film Salim Baba, and recently produced and edited the documentary War Don Don, which won the Special Jury Prize at SXSW. » More
In addition to running the Reach Film Fellowship, we love sharing what our fellows are learning with the wider filmmaking community. You can watch a short video of RFF Advisor Tze Chun talking about casting and directing child actors, Esther Robinson on balancing creative careers with financial realities, or Michael Simmonds on working with a DP! Also be sure to check out the Reach Film Fellowship category of the Cinereabh blog. You'll find a post from current Reach Film Fellow Kaz Phillips Safer on directing actors without over-explaining, and Fellow Nick Paley blogs about keeping a crew happy on a low-budget shoot.

On a separate note, the deadline to apply for a grant from Cinereach (for a fiction or nonfiction feature film) is tomorrow, December 1st! Click here for application instructions!

We'll be in touch again soon with updates on the Reach Film Fellows and all things Cinereach!

All our best and (an early) happy holidays!

Reva Goldberg
Fellowships Manager
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