Six projects selected for this year’s US in Progress Wrocław

US in Progress Wrocław is a two-day works-in-progress event targeted at American independent filmmakers and European buyers. It presents independent US films in final production stages to European buyers, post-production houses and festivals in order to help them achieve completion and to foster the circulation and distribution of American indie films in Europe.

The two days of exclusive screenings (behind closed doors, for registered guests only) and one-to-one meetings will take place in the scope of the 4th American Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland on 23-25 October 2013.

6 films were selected to participate in this year’s edition, from around 40 submissions. They are dramas Lake Los Angeles by Mike Ott (produced by Athina Rachel Tsangari), Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott (produced by Jessica Caldwell ) and Some Beasts by Cameron Nelson (produced by Ashley Maynor and Courtney Ware), crime story Wild Canaries by Lawrence Michael Levine (produced by Sophia Takal, Kim Sherman and McCabe Walsh), frontier black comedy Sun Belt Express by Evan Wolf Buxbaum (producers: Noah Lang and Iyabo Boyd) and Summer of Blood – a New York vampire comedy by director-producer Onur Tukel.

A jury made of professionals will distribute among the selected works the awards including post-production services from European partner companies worth almost $60.000 and promotional services from other partners. US in Progress’ partners are: Platige Image (Warsaw), DI Factory (Warsaw), Alvernia Studios (Krakow),  composer Maciej Zielinski of Soundflower Studio (Warsaw), Soundplace (Warsaw), DCinex (Belgium), VSI (Paris), Europa Distribution, CICAE and Cannes Marche du Film’s Producers Network.

US in Progress Wrocław (formerly Gotham in Progress) was started in 2011 by the New Horizons Association and Black Rabbit Film. Previous films presented at the event included, among others: I Used To Be Darker by Matt Porterfield, American Milkshake by David Andalman (both shown at Sundance FF in 2013), Hide Your Smiling Faces by Daniel Carbone (Berlinale Generation, Tribeca), Bluebird by Lance Edmands (Tribeca, Karlovy Vary), Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin’s Now, Forager: a Film About Love and Fungi (Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, Gotham Awards nominee), Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don’t Shine (SXSW, Edinburgh IFF, Gotham Awards nominee) and Devyn Waitt’s Not Waving But Drowning (Sarasota FF).

US in Progress Wrocław is supported by the City of Wrocław, American Embassy in Warsaw and Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

International PR contact: Jan Naszewski, jan@snh.org.pl

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