Kyle Martin, the producer of Lena Dunham’s “Tiny Furniture,” has formed Electric Chinoland as a production company specializing in eclectic American films, Variety has learned exclusively.
Martin’s producing credits include “Bluebird”; “The Great Invisible,” which won best documentary in 2014 at South by Southwest; 2010 SXSW audience award winner “NY Export: Opus Jazz”; and Kris Avedisian’s “Donald Cried,” which will make its world premiere this month at SXSW. “Tiny Furniture” won best narrative feature at SXSW in 2010 and was a career breakthrough for Dunham.
Electric Chinoland will next produce “Mother Tongue Reader” — the first fiction feature film directed by Jody Lee Lipes, the cinematographer of “Tiny Furniture,” numerous episodes of HBO’s “Girls,” Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” and Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea.”
“I’m thrilled to announce the opening of Electric Chinoland, and to continue to bring new voices and new cinematic experiences to audiences under a unified banner,” Martin said. “We have a lot of great projects in the works — fiction, nonfiction and everything in between — and I can’t wait for audiences to see what we’ve been up to.”
Electric Chinoland’s slate includes Dash Shaw’s “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea,” a hand-drawn, feature length animated film that stars Dunham, Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, John Cameron Mitchell and Susan Sarandon. It’s scheduled to be completed in 2016.
Also in production are “The Marion Stokes Project,” a feature documentary by Matt Wolf (“Teenage”) and End Cue (“Cop Car”) about a Philadelphia activist; and Jeff Peixoto’s documentary about new religions, supported by PBS/ITVS.
Martin is the recipient of the Sundance Institute’s Mark Silverman Producing Fellowship, the San Francisco Film Society’s Kenneth Rainin Foundation Fellowship, the IFP/Cannes Marche Du Film Producer’s Network Fellowship and the Sundance Institute/Rotterdam Cinemart Producing Fellowship.
He was named one of Variety‘s “Ten Producers to Watch” in 2012.