A Year in Review: Fiscally Sponsored Films

A Year in Review: Fiscally Sponsored Films

Congratulations to our Fiscally Sponsored Filmmakers!

As 2015 draws to a close, Fiscal Sponsorship celebrates the amazing accomplishments of our filmmakers. Honored with awards and nominations as well as film screenings at festivals and museums these projects range in genre, subject and experiment with the medium. Such recognitions reflect the hard work, craft and outstanding dedication of these fiscally sponsored artists and their completed films.

As a reminder, NYFA Fiscally Sponsored project, Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix this past weekend to rave reviews and for your holiday binge-watching pleasure!

Scroll down to screen highlights from this stupendous year!

Approaching The Elephant
Amanda Rose Wilder, Director / Cinematographer / Producer
Genre: Documentary

Approaching The Elephant investigates the first year of the Teddy McArdle Free School in New Jersey. In accordance with the “free schooling” model, children and adults work together to democratically make decisions about curriculum and rules.

Approaching The Elephant won Best International Film at DocAviv, the Maysles Brothers Award at the Belfast Film Festival and the Emerging Cinematic Vision Award at the Camden International Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the Gotham Award for Best Documentary, Truer than Fiction Award by Independent Spirit Awards and Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film by Cinema Eye Honors. It was screened at the Museum of Modern Art’s Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You amongst numerous other national and international festivals.

There is a New World Somewhere
Li Lu, Writer / Director
Genre: Fiction

The film is a coming of age story about Sylvie, a struggling artist who loses her job. Our heroine takes the audience on a journey through the Deep South and  self-revelation.

There is a New World Somewhere was awarded Best First Feature at The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Las Vegas Film Festival, and the Boonies International Film Festival.

Elise Durant, Writer / Director
Genre: Fiction

Edén traces the story of nine-year old Alma who leaves home in Mexico, only to later return as an adult and reexamine her understanding of the past.  

Edén was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for the Future Now Competition at the Montclair Film Festival, was a closing night film at the Museum of the Moving Image’s Rural Route Film Festival, as well as appearing in numerous international screenings.  

Danny Says
Brendan Toller, Director
Genre: Documentary

Danny Says is director Brendan Toller’s second film and investigates the life of Danny Fields, a behind-the-scenes player in the music industry. Fields was among the first to publish articles about the Velvet Underground, Jefferson Airplane and the Who, he was the manager for the Ramones, influenced countless other bands and listeners.

In 2015 Danny Says graced opening night with screenings at the Lincoln Center Sound + Vision Festival and the Night of the Reel Music Film Festival, as well as a closing night screening at Stranger than Fiction Festival and screenings at numerous festivals, including SXSW.

The Lives of Hamilton Fish
Rachel Mason, Director
Genre: Fiction

The Lives of Hamilton Fish is an experimental opera and received the 2015 Filmmaker Award at the Queens World Film Festival. The film’s many screenings include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Raindance Film Festival and The Armory Show. A soundtrack performance of The Lives of Hamilton Fish was also presented at Joe’s Pub.

Are you interested in using NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship to support your film? Check out more details here. Applications are currently open; December 31 is the next deadline and there are deadlines throughout the year.

Image: Courtesy of Edén

Amy Aronoff
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