Leading development consultancy and screenplay discovery platform ScreenCraft and Santa Monica-based media financier BondIt Media Capital have announced two recipients of the Fall 2018 ScreenCraft Film Fund backed by BondIt Media Capital.
The first recipient is 90291: Venice Unzipped, a provocative feature documentary about income inequality in America told through one community’s struggle with the growing income divide. Venice, CA, the once gritty, artistic, and working-class beach city, is now the epicenter of gentrification and LA’s growing homelessness crisis. The film will follow three families — one homeless, one middle class and one wealthy — living in almost unimaginably different circumstances, while putting a human face on Venice’s vanishing working & middle class.
The project is helmed by Colin Gray, his sister, Megan, and their company, GRAiNEY Pictures, an award-winning content creation studio who has previously worked with HBO, Showtime, Amazon, and other major studios and platforms.
The second recipient is the narrative short, A Mother. As a town copes with the disappearance of a little girl, a young mother must come to terms with her own decision to abort an unexpected pregnancy. The exceptionally well-written piece is an exploration of conflict and character driven by the social relevance of the central question.
The project is helmed by Natasha Ngaiza, a writer/director and professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.
The ScreenCraft Film Fund is administered biannually in amounts up to $30,000 to talented filmmakers with projects that display singular talent, originality, vision, impact and development potential. The program accepts documentary and feature submissions in addition to short films and online series.
ScreenCraft provides ongoing creative development and BondIt (with sister company Buffalo 8 Productions) offer guidance and resources throughout the project’s production. Previous ScreenCraft Fund recipients include filmmakers Samira Shackle, Jonathan Machado, Mary McGuckian, Owen Kean, Haya Fatima Iqbal, Alex Lanipekun, Natasja Fourie, Tom Botchii & Sam Kozel and Dani Bailes and Alexis Korycinski, Danny Madden, Chris Osborn, Matthew Thorne, and Farraz Khan.