After being released from prison, Sugar moves in with her grandmother and hopes to start a new life away from addiction.

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Premiere Date
March 23, 2016
44 minutes
Funding Initiative
Short-Form Series and Special Projects
Executive Producer

Amy Lo

Amy Lo formed Mental Pictures with a focus on original stories across film, TV, and digital media. Her global production experience spans four continents, with projects based in the UK, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Numerous credits include the Sony movie Battle of the Year, shot in stereoscopic 3D; Sundance opening night film On a Clear Day, acquired Show more by Focus Features; and Planet B-Boy, one of the top-grossing docs of 2007, acquired by MTV. Planet B-Boy also broke ground as an independent film securing innovative sponsorship deals with Samsung, and engaging audiences across different platforms, including mobile phone content, live events, fan videos, and a 24-hour takeover of the YouTube homepage. Amy was previously Head of Development for InFilm Productions, where projects included Rose Troche's The Safety of Objects, with Glenn Close and Patricia Clarkson; and Todd Haynes's Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. She has been a speaker at SXSW, and served on the Selection Advisory Committee for the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, and review panels for the Tribeca Film Institute, the Gucci Tribeca film grants, the Global Film Initiative, and the International Emmy Awards. Her work as a writer has aired on PBS for the Foreign Policy Association, and prior to her start in the film industry, she lived and worked in Beijing, China as a freelance writer. Amy grew up in Alaska and graduated from Stanford University with a dual degree in International Relations and Economics. Show less

Executive Producer

Rose Troche

Rose Troche's independent film directorial debut, Go Fish (1994), a romantic comedy about lesbians in Chicago, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Teddy award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Troche co-wrote the film with Guinevere Turner, who also starred. Her next film was Bedrooms and Hallways Show more (1998), shot in Britain. It featured a British cast and was about a gay man who begins to reflect on life when his 30th birthday approaches. The film won the Audience Award at the London Film Festival. The Safety of Objects was screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 2001, and won the Critics Award at the Deauville Film Festival in 2002, but wasn't given a general release to the public until 2003. However, the film was notable for having attracted bigger stars than Troche had ever had the pleasure to work with, including Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney. Troche next directed an episode of the HBO series Six Feet Under, a dark comedy about a dysfunctional family that runs a funeral home. Her project, the TV drama Earthlings (2003), focuses on the lesbian community in Los Angeles and stars Jennifer Beals. Show less

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Line Producer

Javier Gonzalez

Javier Gonzalez was a Line Producer on the feature films Bonne Annee (Raindance Film Festival 2008), Halley (Sundance Film Festival 2013, Rotterdam Film Festival 2013), 3rd Street Blackout, starring Janeane Garofalo, and on the TV pilot Lords of Magic, starring Theodora Wolley. He was an associate producer on the feature film Sweet Little Lies, Show more starring Bill Sage, and a co-producer on the feature film Juvie, starring Jared Gilman and Eric Roberts, and the ITVS short film series Sugar. Javier was a producer on the feature films Valedictorian (Rotterdam Film Festival 2015), Summum Bonum (East End Film Festival 2014, Los Cabos Film Festival 2014) and Los Caprichos del Hombre. Javier acted as unit production manager on the feature film Anomalous, starring Lluis Homar. Javier also produced the short film Hepburn (New York Film Festival 2014). Javier wrote and produced the Off-Broadway play Couch Surfing, which ran in the Access Theater in New York, N.Y. in 2013. Javier was granted a Producer Residency by Dogfish Ventures in 2014. Show less

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The Film

Sugar is a five-chapter scripted digital series helmed by veteran indie filmmakers Rose Troche (Go Fish, The Safety of Objects, The L Word) and Amy Lo (Planet B-Boy), and also featuring the work of writer/directors Alia Shawkat, Guinevere Turner, Keola Racela, and Jonathan Caouette. The story centers around Sugar, a female ex-con, who is released from prison and attempts to find a stable place to stay, connect to her young estranged daughter, and avoid the unwelcome influence of her old criminal cohorts.

The series is created using an "Exquisite Corpse" model: each episode has a different writer/director charged with complicating Sugar's situation based on their own personal interpretation of her circumstances. What results is a cohesive story that presents a commentary on issues of recidivism facing many low-income communities today.