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Film Independent Forum Announces Lineup


Film Independent announced that it will open the 11th annual Film Independent Forum with Bleecker Street’s Trumbo, directed by Jay Roach, on Oct. 23 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Roach.

Filmmaker Jon Chu (Step Up 3D, G.I. Joe Retaliation, Jem and the Holograms, Now You See Me 2) will give the filmmaker keynote on Oct. 24. The Forum will close on Oct. 25 with director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister, Touchy Feely, Laggies) in conversation with Illeana Douglas (Easy to Assemble, Ghost World, Grace of My Heart).

“I couldn’t think of a better film to kick off the event than Jay Roach’s Trumbo. It fits exactly the spirit of the Forum – the idea that artists should ‘stick to their guns’ to tell stories that matter to them,” said María Raquel Bozzi, Film Independent’s senior director of education. “I am thrilled to have Film Independent fellow Jon Chu, from the 2002 Project Involve class, return to our fold to share his accomplishments and incredible journey in his keynote, and to close the Forum with a special conversation with Lynn Shelton, a filmmaker who has managed to create a career path that is truly her own. She will be joined by the multitalented Illeana Douglas, who will soon launch a series for Turner Classic Movies titled Trailblazing Women.

At the Forum, Film Independent will present the Sloan Producers Grant, which provides a $30,000 production grant to a Film Independent Fellow accepted into the Producing Lab that is developing a narrative film with a scientific, mathematical and/or technological theme. The Producing Lab is one of Film Independent’s artist development programs.
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