Maryland org taps scripters

S'dance alums earn state fellowship

Jacob and Josh Kornbluth’s “The Best Thief in the World” and Tatia Rosenthal and Etgar Keret’s “$9.99” are co-recipients of the 2002 Producers Club of Maryland Fellowship.

Established to help Sundance Institute Feature Film Program alumni bring their projects to the screen, the fellowship helps fund filmmakers’ pre-production expenses. Each project receives half of the $10,000 award.

“$9.99” is a stop-motion animated feature project that purports to “give less than 10 bucks’ worth of insight into the human condition.”

Rosenthal previously directed, animated and designed the award-winning short film “Crazy Glue,” adapted from a story by Keret, and currently works for Nickelodeon’s “Blue’s Clues” as a senior animator. Keret is a leading voice in Israeli literature and cinema.

In “The Best Thief in the World,” a troubled boy copes with an unbearable home life by compulsively breaking into other people’s apartments.

Since 1991, Josh Kornbluth has toured full time with his one-man shows, including “Haiku Tunnel” and most recently “Ben Franklin: Unplugged.” Jacob Kornbluth has worked as everything from a production assistant to an assistant director on others’ films. They collaborated on the feature adaptation of “Haiku Tunnel,” which Sony Pictures Classics released.

Producer Jed Dietz created the Producers Club of Maryland in 1993 to help the state’s film office in the promotion of film and television location work. “These projects are picked by ordinary people who love movies,” said Dietz. “We are delighted to provide this small push out of the production starting gate.”

Past recipients include Rodrigo Garcia’s “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her” and DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter’s “Lift,” both of which premiered at the festival and were later acquired by Showtime.

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