Fast Track is a film financing market that takes place during the Los Angeles Film Festival designed to help narrative and documentary filmmakers move their current projects forward. During three days of intensive meetings, Fast Track connects filmmakers with financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals. This highly selective program is open to established as well as up-and-coming filmmakers with exceptional projects still seeking funding.
Participants accepted into Fast Track are also eligible for a $15,000 production grant awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as well as a $10,000 production grant awarded by Millennium Entertainment.
Here are the talented filmmakers accepted into the 2012 Fast Track program:
Dancing in Jaffa
Director: Hilla Medalia
Producer(s): Diane Nabatoff, Hilla Medalia
Pierre Dulaine, an internationally renowned ballroom dancer, is fulfilling his life-long dream of returning to his birthplace, Jaffa, to teach Palestinian and Israeli children to dance together; the film explores the stories of four children forced to confront issues of identity, segregation and racism, as they dance with their enemies.
Director: Patrick Creadon
Producer(s): Christine O’Malley, Neal Baer
Studio H is a documentary that spends one year in the life of one of America’s most innovative classrooms. The film features designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller and proves that one of the best ways to make high school kids care about their schoolwork is to build their education around the things that matter most to them.
Studio H touches on some of the most important themes that our country is wrestling with at the moment: the future of education, the plight of rural America, and the ability of local communities to solve their own problems on their own terms. The film also shows that despite ever-dwindling financial resources, challenges of almost any shape or size can be addressed using thoughtful design and creative problem solving techniques.