It’s official: FUTURESTATES has gone Hollywood. No, we didn’t sign a multimillion dollar deal with a studio for a trilogy of sci-fi features to rival Marvel Studios’s many franchises (but there’s always next year). We're referring instead to a selection of five FUTURESTATES films presented in the posh screening room at the offices of top Hollywood talent agency CAA. Last week’s screening was co-hosted by CAA and Film Independent (FIND), designed to promote the exceptional work these organizations are doing in both independent and commercial film and television circles to promote diversity in the industry, and also to celebrate the FIND fellows that were greenlit by ITVS for season 1 of FUTURESTATES: Ramin Bahrani (Plastic Bag), Tze Chun (Silver Sling), Amyn Kaderali (The Other Side), Aldo Velasco (Tent City), and Garret Williams (The Rise).
With almost 200 members of the combined ITVS and FIND families in the audience (including many of the filmmakers recently greenlit for FUTURESTATES season 2, the response was tremendous, highlighting again the amazing impact that these short films can have on the way audiences envision the future of American society.
Like ITVS, FIND has been working for years to foster diversity in independent film through its various labs and programs, and they recently began working with CAA as a part of the talent agency’s efforts to diversify the talent pool of the commercial side of the industry. ITVS is very grateful for the opportunity to partner with such exceptional organizations to achieve our common goals, and look forward to many more such collaborations in the future. And if anyone out there can help grease the wheels for FUTURESTATES’s three-picture studio deal, we’d appreciate that, too.
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