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Filmmaker360’s Michele Turnure-Salleo on Latest SFFS/KRF Grant Recipients

A Chjana A Chjana

We recently ran a series of articles on the filmmakers shortlisted for the San Francisco Film Society’s Kenneth Rainin Foundation grants, and the eight projects which were chosen to receive support were as follows:

Jonas Carpignano, writer/director — A Chjana — $45,000 for preproduction
Grainger David, writer/director — Nocturne (working title) — $35,000 for screenwriting
Ian Hendrie and Jyson McLean, co-writers/directors/producers — Mercy Road — $40,000 for development
Maryam Keshavarz and Paolo Marinou-Blanco, cowriters — The Last Harem — $35,000 for screenwriting
Richard Levien, writer/director and Chad Burris, producer — La Migra — $20,000 for development
Tommy Oliver, writer/director/producer — 1982 — $85,000 for postproduction
Vendela Vida, cowriter and Eva Weber, cowriter/director — Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name — $35,000 for screenwriting
Josef Wladyka, cowriter/director — Manos Sucias — $45,000 for production

Michele Turnure-Saleo, the head of SFFS grant-giving body, Filmmaker360, said of this current round of grant recipients: “It’s a fabulous feeling being able to throw our support behind these projects so early in their process. This group is a great mix of new faces and filmmakers we’ve worked with for a long time. We’re excited to continue supporting filmmakers that we have been involved with since the beginning of their projects and the genesis of the SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant. Richard Levien was the very first recipient in 2009 and the program has grown exponentially since then. Maryam Keshavarz, whom we supported with a grant for her first feature Circumstance, and the Mercy Road team are making great strides and I for one can’t wait to see the how all the projects develop over the next year.”

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