Kazuo Ohno, SOA'02, was chosen last month as one of five filmmakers to receive the first fellowships from a new Sundance Institute Film Fellows Program. The fellowships, established in April with a $5 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation, provide two-year stipends, residencies and creative support to help participants complete their films.
Ohno, who grew up in Tokyo and New York, is working on a film called Mr. Crumpacker and the Man From the Letter. According to Ohno, the film is a comedy about a boss who wants to turn his company into "a place of philosophical inquiry."
"The Annenberg Film Fellows Program provides financial and creative resources at a critical moment in an aspiring filmmaker's life that can assist in launching their careers," said Ken Brecher, executive director of Sundance Institute. "The program will further Sundance's mission of encouraging and discovering distinctive unheard voices and providing a lifelong creative community to participants in our Feature Film Program."
The Annenberg Foundation was established by publisher, diplomat and philanthropist Walter H. Annenberg in 1989 to advance the public well-being through improved communication. The Sundance Institute was founded by Robert Redford in 1981 and is dedicated to the development of artists of independent vision and the exhibition of their new work.