Project:Involve is Film Independent's signature diversity program, dedicated to increasing cultural diversity in the film industry by cultivating the careers of under-represented filmmakers. The program, which runs from October through June, selects filmmakers from culturally diverse backgrounds and filmmaking tracks. The Fellows are paired one-on-one with a mentor from the film industry. In addition to the mentorship, the Fellows also attend filmmaking workshops, community screenings, and receive career development assistance.
Since my orientation is scheduled for later today, I guess today is the first official day of my fellowship. Tomorrow, I meet and mingle with the rest of the FIND staff, the P:I Class of 2009, and my class at a reception. Friday, I'm doing this thing at Universal. Additionally, I've optioned a screenplay I'd like to produce and I'm waiting to hear whether I made it into the FIND Producers Lab. In addition to whatever mentorship FIND arranges, I'll resume weekly meetings with BigShot Producer (my producing mentor) starting next week. This may be the last you hear of me for a couple of months, but I am hoping that I'll blog more often and chronicle all the wackiness that will likely ensue.