Cinema advertiser, Screenvision, has named the first quartet of talent for its emerging filmmakers series, featuring Antonio Campos, Matthew Huston, Christian Camargo and Andrew Renzi. Announced in April at Screenvision’s first Upfront, the emerging filmmakers series connects brands with talented filmmakers to create customized branded entertainment that will be showcased before moviegoers in theaters nationwide.
Developed with veteran film producer Rose Ganguzza of Rose Pictures, Screenvision’s emerging filmmakers series offers an opportunity for film industry talent to channel its creativity by developing short films on behalf of, and inspired by, brands. The filmmakers will receive guidance from Ganguzza, a producer of more than a dozen independent films and documentaries, including Kill Your Darlings (2013), Trashed (2012), Margin Call (2011) and New York, I Love You (2009).
“One of the greatest challenges for emerging filmmakers is finding an audience and having their work seen on screens outside the festival circuit,” Ganguzza said. “Screenvision’s commitment to nurture and support these filmmakers will hopefully inspire others to do the same. Our goal is for emerging filmmakers to be the start of a daisy chain of helping hands from sponsors who will give innovative canvases to new cinematic talent.”
Campos is the writer/director of the feature Afterschool (2008), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival that same year and was nominated for a 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature. Recently, he wrote and directed Simon Killer (2012).
A graduate in fine art from London’s Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Huston’s short films, documentaries and music videos have been exhibited worldwide at festivals including Clermont Ferrand, Chicago Film Festival, Rushes Shorts and Encounters Film Festival, as well as on various media platforms. Camargo is an actor/producer/writer who is best known for his role as Brian Moser in the Showtime drama Dexter and his portrayal of Eleazar in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2. Screenvision has also included independent filmmaker Renzi, who wrote and directed the short film The Fort, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and went on to play at festivals around the world. He recently finished his second short film, Karaoke!, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
“This program is representative of our commitment to the future of film and the new voices that will make it grow richer with each passing year,” said John McCauley, Screenvision’s senior vice president, Strategic Alliances.
Screenvision’s Emerging Filmmakers Series is slated to launch in theaters across the nation in Q4 2013.