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Seattle filmmaker David Russo, one of Filmmaker‘s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” has begun work on his debut feature, #2, with the support of the Northwest Film Forum and it’s “Start to Finish” grant. The grant was previously awarded to Robinson Devore’s Police Beat, which was one of the best features to premiere at Sundance this past year. Russo’s award-winning shorts include “Populi” and “Pan with Us.”

Russo calls the movie “a janitor movie par excellance, designed to be wildly entertaining as it is meaningful. It’s about some hardworking, invisible misfits at the waste end of our wasteful society being subject to an unimaginable, unintended consequence of our bizarre new era. It’s a visually bold comedy built on a fugue of themes that burst into poignancy by the end.”

Regarding the grant itself, here’s what the press release reports: ” In addition to a cash grant of up to $20,000 and assistance in all aspects of fundraising, the grant entails an offer of unlimited use of its production (studios & rehearsal space, cameras, lights, sound recording, etc.) and post-production resources. NWFF also donates the time and expertise of Executive Director Michael Seiwerath, who serves as Executive Producer on the film, and Studio Director Dave Hanagan, who acts as a coordinator with local film vendors.”

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