The Kickstart Diversity Program supports projects created by inclusive teams.
Each project receives creative guidance, mentorship, and business strategy from the Big Vision team; an exclusive pitch day focused on finance for financiers, partners, sponsors, and granting organizations; extensive deals and discounts from over fifty vendor partners to help our filmmakers stretch their budgets. Past participating companies include The Weinstein Company, IFC, The Discovery Channel, Vimeo, FilmRise, Zeitgeist Films, Magnolia Pictures, and more.
Launched in 2015, the program has brought successes like Jessica Thompson's THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, which won the Audience Award at SXSW 2017 and will be released later this year, and Tahir Jetter's HOW TO TELL YOU'RE A DOUCHEBAG, which premiered at Sundance 2016 and sold to BET, and we're confident that we've selected another crop of films that have the potential for both festival and commercial success. And we want you to be among the first people to find out about them!
AMERICAN TRIAL // documentary-fiction hybrid
Directed by Roee Messinger, Produced by Alena Svyatova
By depicting real witnesses and actual evidence in a courtroom setting, AMERICAN TRIAL will tell the story of the trial that may have occurred if NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo was indicted for the killing of Eric Garner by chokehold in Staten Island, New York, and along the way examine accountability, race and police relations in New York City and beyond.
CITY OF ENCHANTMENT // documentary feature
Directed and Produced by Gwen Schroeder
Chemical plants dominate the landscape of Lake Jackson, Texas, where filmmaker Gwen Schroeder returns to assist her father during his rapid decline from Parkinson’s disease and subsequently learns that many others in her hometown are meeting a similar fate. While dealing with her own grief, she exposes the story of a powerful industry, the devastating effects that greed and irresponsibility have on the health of a community, and more personally -- a family.
COAST // narrative feature
Written by Cindy Kitagawa, Directed by Jessica Hester & Derek Schweickart, Produced by Caitlin Engel, Pin-Chun Liu, Wendy Guerrero, Executive Produced by Bruce Dern, Sonya Lunsford
For 15-year-old Abby Avila, home is the last place she wants to be. As her small town trappings and Mother's unlived dreams close in on her, Abby seeks refuge in music. When she befriends a traveling punk rock band, she discovers freedom in making her voice heard, and sees her home through new eyes.
HAND OF GOD // narrative feature
Written and directed by Lissette Feliciano, Produced by Priscilla Anany, Garrett Fennelly, Evangelo Kioussis, Justin Lothrop, Executive Produced by Peter Salvage
Elon Edson is the greatest footballer in the world. On the eve of receiving a lifetime achievement award, he recounts how believing in miracles carried him from his mother’s death at the hands of a terror group to the dangerous refugee trail into Europe in hopes of having his mother resurrected.
MIRROR OF THE LARKS // narrative feature
Written by Priya Sanghvi, Directed by Priya Sanghvi and Dan Scott Goldstein (M.A.Y.O.)
Set in the final days of summer before high school begins, MIRROR OF THE LARKS is about two Indian American sisters, social outcasts with supernatural abilities, who plan a revenge prank on a childhood tormenter that goes horribly wrong.
Other projects presenting at the final pitch day on August 15th will include current Big Vision Creative co-productions that also fit our diversity-focused mandate.