Russo Brothers Partner With Slamdance for Fellowship (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

In today’s film news roundup, the Russo brothers are launching a Slamdance fellowship, Magnolia buys “The China Hustle,” and Bryan Singer is producing and possibly directing “The Anomaly.”

SLAMDANCE FELLOWSHIP

The directing team of Anthony and Joe Russo are launching the Russo Brothers Fellowship, to be presented to a Slamdance filmmaker at January’s Slamdance Film Festival.

The brothers will select one filmmaker, who will receive a $25,000 prize consisting of filmmaker support, an office at their new Los Angeles-based studio, mentoring from the duo, and a cash stipend for one year. The Russos’ new studio is in the downtown art district and has been developed with the goal of empowering and cultivating filmmakers.

“We’re very proud to partner with Slamdance,” said Anthony and Joe Russo. “Having begun our careers at this festival, we’re honored to partner with such a great organization, and to foster and support young filmmakers while creating a platform for new and emerging talent.”

The Russos launched their career when their first film, “Pieces,” premiered at the 1997 Slamdance Festival. Steven Soderbergh, who was attending the festival, saw their film and offered to produce their next movie, “Welcome to Collinwood,” starring George Clooney, William H. Macy, and Sam Rockwell. The brothers made their Marvel Studios directorial debut with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and followed with “Captain America: Civil War.”

“Joe and Anthony embody what Slamdance’s community is all about,” said Peter Baxter, president and co-founder of Slamdance. “Their artist driven partnership and open studio environment takes our support for emerging filmmakers to the next level. Thank you both for this fantastic Fellowship and growing our organization.”

Slamdance was established in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, specializing in low-budget films. The 2018 Slamdance festival will run Jan. 19-25 in Park City,…

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