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Posted: 8/31/2018

The Wide Angle Project is a nine-month, hands-on filmmaking lab designed to boost diversity and inclusion in the production industry and maximize professional opportunities for participants. Launched by Indie Grants with the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College, Wide Angle is the only one of its kind — a state-funded program to support underrepresented filmmakers through practical training, education and mentorship. The 2018/2019 version will be focused on African-American production professionals.

Led by noted film producer Effie Brown, the comprehensive program will consist of a series of training and other sessions from September 2018 to April 2019 for a class of participants. It will explore key elements of the industry, including financing, pitching, legal, logistics, agents, DIY distribution, and more. Giving South Carolina filmmakers and other production professionals the tools to succeed in the industry and a pragmatic understanding of the standards and professionalism necessary for that to occur.

Sessions will be broken down as follows:
• Monthly, 1-2 hour sessions hosted virtually and led by Effie, involving a specific topic from the overall curriculum, including periodic presentations from other industry professionals.
• Two in-person weekend workshops, also led by Effie. The first will occur September 28-29, 2018 in Charleston, SC, and the last in April 2019.
There will also be a writing workshop component, where participants will work on short film scripts during the program, and will be encouraged to submit those for 2019-2020 Indie Grants funding.

The program is free for South Carolina residents. To be considered for the program, FILL OUT THE SIMPLE APPLICATION HERE. Applications are due by 11:59pm EST on SEPTEMBER 17. To maximize the efficiency of the program, approximately 15 slots will be available. Acceptance is at the discretion of Indie Grants and Wide Angle.
If selected, participants must agree to make all reasonable efforts to attend each monthly session virtually, and both in-person sessions Sept. 28-29, 2018 and April 2019 in Charleston. Participants must agree to commit to the program fully, complete assignments and other exercises as required by program leadership, and fully dedicate themselves to the process.

About Effie Brown
Effie T. Brown is an award winning film, television, and digital Producer, known for her highly acclaimed, multi-platform repertoire as well as championing inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera.

Her projects include Real Women Have Curves (directed by Patricia Cardosa in 2002 and winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award), In The Cut (directed by Jane Campion in 2003), Rocket Science (directed by Jeffrey Blitz, winner of the 2007 Grand Jury Price for directing at Sundance and recipient of three Independent Spirit Awards nominations), and Dear White People (Special Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and 2015 Independent Spirit Award-winner). Brown joined Lee Daniels Entertainment in 2016 to Executive Produce Season 1 of the hit series Star on Fox, and was featured on the fourth season of Project Greenlight.

Effie also ventures beyond television and film, producing over 130 episodes of WIGS, an award winning, original content channel funded by Google/YouTube and Fox Broadcasting. The channel features multiple original series showcasing “A list” actors, writers, and filmmakers to present stories centered around the ever complex lives of women, and blazes the trail for scripted content released directly online. WIGS is the current number one scripted channel for drama on YouTube and was recently picked up for wider distribution via Hulu.

She stays driven by her love of inclusive genre film and television (Thriller, Action, Sci-fi, Horror), securing several “big concept” IP told through an inclusive storytelling lens. Her company, Duly Noted Inc., continues to be dedicated to groundbreaking narratives that use genre to challenge and advance our culture in a disruptive way. Her dream is to change the world through film and TV – celebrating our differences while bringing us all closer together.
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