Film Independent selects indie for prize

Film Independent has selected “Midnight Sun” writer/director Chris Eigeman and producer Eric Morris as the recipients of a $15,000 production grant, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The org made the announcement Sunday, the fourth day of the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Film Independent also announced the 20 filmmakers and nine projects selected for its 9th annual Fast Track program, a three-day film-financing market. Eigman and Morris were tapped for “Midnight Sun.”

Projects and filmmakers selected include “AWOL” – producer Ted Kroeber, co-writer/director Deb Shoval; “Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit” – director Tom Putnam, producer Brenna Sanchez: “Call Me Kuchu” – director/producer Malika Zouhali-Worrall, director Katherine Farifax Wright; “Contract with God” – writer/producer Darren Dean, producers Jonathan Shoemaker, Mark Rabinowitz. “Country Line” – writer/director Morgan Stiff, writer/producer Tina Mabry.

Also named were “Left Handed Girl” – producer Angela Lee, writer/directors Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou; “The Woman Who Feared the Sun” – writer/director Javier Fuentes-León and ” Xanadu” – producer Amy Lo, director Rose Troche.

Recent projects developed through Fast Track include Robbie Pickering’s “Natural Selection,” Cherien Dabis’ “Amreeka,” Courntey’s Hunt’s “Frozen River,” Jennifer Westfeldt’s “Ira and Abby,” Jessica Sanders’ documentary “After Innocence” and Scott Prendergast’s “Kabluey.”

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