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MARK SILVERMAN FELLOWSHIP

Sundance has awarded its annual Mark Silverman Producer’s Fellowship to L.A.-based producer Gina Kwon. Formerly a V.P. at Myriad Pictures, Kwon has worked with Academy Award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler on his TNT series The Residents and his Fox series American High. She’s most associated, though, with director Miguel Arteta and producer Matthew Greenfield, having production-managed Star Maps, associate produced Chuck and Buck, and co-produced The Good Girl. She is currently producing a Sundance Lab project, Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know, aiming for a Summer 2004 shoot. The fellowship, which is a tribute to the late producer of such films as Blood Simple and Raising Arizona, will support Kwon through this process with a cash grant and a group of producing mentors.

I’ve read July’s script, and it’s one of the most unique and compelling scripts out there in the indie scene right now. As the filmmaker describes it, “The film tells a story about children and adults with impossible desires, living at a time when coming of age is a digital process and reality is an aesthetic choice.” The script is full of hilarious deadpan dialogue and strangely funny set-pieces, and, knowing July’s previous video work, which is smart, intimate, and inviting, hers is a sensibility that should successfully leap into the narrative feature realm. For more about July, pictured at right, click here.

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