‘Midnight Sun’ gets Sloan grant

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.”

More Scene

  • Whoopi Goldberg addresses the crowd while

    Inside World Pride's Opening Ceremony: An LGBTQ Celebration With a Tinge of Politics

    World Pride officially kicked off on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. About 8,000 people packed into the arena for a three-hour show that began with Cyndi Lauper singing her hit “True Colors.” The performance ended with a gaggle of dancing drag queens who pranced alongside Lauper as she turned the train of [...]

  • Angler Los Angeles

    Angler Is L.A.'s Major New Seafood Destination

    San Francisco transplant Angler is set to make a major splash in Los Angeles, as Joshua Skenes’ innovative seafood-focused restaurant opens in the somewhat unlikely location of the Beverly Center. Angler is the latest and the most ambitious restaurant to join a fresh crop of spots, including Cal Mare and Yardbird, on the recently refurbished [...]

  • Bette Midler

    Bette Midler Set for Special Performance at New York Pride (EXCLUSIVE)

    Bette Midler is set to appear at New York’s Pride Main Event this Saturday (June 29) at the Javits Center. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, she’ll perform a song accompanied by composer Marc Shaiman, of “Hairspray” and “Mary Poppins Returns” fame. Her stage time is set for 11 p.m. Also scheduled to [...]

  • Magic Johnson, Larry Bird

    Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Robin Roberts Honored at 2019 NBA Awards

    The NBA went Hollywood on Monday night, mixing basketball legends with a star-studded list of presenters including Samuel L. Jackson, Tiffany Haddish and “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley at the 2019 NBA Awards. Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal hosted the third annual award show, which aired live on TNT, kicking things off with a surprise [...]

  • Naomi Watts and Gretchen Carlson'The Loudest

    ‘The Loudest Voice’ Stars Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe Talk Roger Ailes

    Roger Ailes may have been the force behind the creation of Fox News, but the late newsman’s legacy will forever be his atrocious sexual harassment of several of the network’s female anchors and producers. Showtime premiered its new limited series “The Loudest Voice,” which chronicles Ailes’ rise and fall, on Monday night at the Paris [...]

  • Billy Eichner Power of Pride Variety

    Billy Eichner on Taylor Swift's 'Calm Down' Backlash

    When Taylor Swift released her “You Need to Calm Down” music video, it seemed like every member of the LGBTQ in Hollywood was included — except for Billy Eichner. “I’m still not gay enough for Taylor Swift — or too gay — I don’t know what it is,” Eichner joked at Variety’s Power of Pride [...]

  • Bebe Rexha

    Mumford and Sons, Sting, Ciara, Bebe Rexha Light Up Cannes Lions

    There was no shortage of excellent music at the 2019 edition of Cannes Lion. The international gathering of creatives drew top music brands – among them: Spotify, Live Nation, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM/Pandora, VEVO and Universal Music Group – and a slew of well-known acts to stages across the Croissette, to villas above the city and onto [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content