SFFILM Announces New Filmmakers Awarded FilmHouse Residencies

FilmHouse Community Expands to Include Growing Number of Filmmakers in Production Office Spaces for One-Year Residencies


San Francisco, CA – SFFILM has announced the latest filmmakers who have been awarded one-year FilmHouse Residencies. This innovative program, made possible by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation with additional funding from the McBaine family, supports narrative and documentary feature films by providing 12-month residencies to independent filmmakers actively engaged in various stages of production. Residencies include access to office space and additional mentorship, networking and professional development resources through the SFFILM Makers community. A total of 36 filmmakers will start new year-long residencies in January 2018 and join a number of local and visiting Fellows and Grantees also receiving support under the FilmHouse banner.

FilmHouse, located in a beautifully renovated space in the innovative multicultural development at 644 Broadway in San Francisco, consists of a dynamic shared flexible use space for residents and a series of offices for working filmmakers, mentors and advisors to the FilmHouse community. In addition to flex use workspace, FilmHouse Residents will be provided with dedicated rooms for writing and editing their features, and special access to established, working industry professionals—many of whom will take the private office space at FilmHouse for the first time in 2018—offering mentorship, office hours and deeper artistic guidance from their various areas of expertise. Other resident benefits will include a robust guest speaker series, featuring lectures and presentations by leading industry professionals; workshops led by prominent filmmakers and other members of the independent film industry; peer-to-peer support; work-in-progress screenings; bi-weekly production meetings; access to meaningful networking opportunities; and numerous other community-building programs.  

A major component of the SFFILM Makers program, FilmHouse functions as a vibrant workshop and creative hub for filmmakers of all kinds. The mission of FilmHouse is to invest in artistic development and expand industry support around these filmmakers and their work to foster meaningful, sustainable careers, and continually strengthen the filmmaking community in the Bay Area.  

The panelists who reviewed applicants' submissions were Catapult Film Fund Co-founder, Lisa Kleiner Chanoff; Film Producer and Literary Manager, Jenni Frisbee; SFFILM's Artist Development team of Director Caroline von Kühn; Associate Director, Jenny Slattery; Senior Manager, Lauren Kushner; and Coordinator, Anita Ochoa.  

The jury noted in a statement: "The new class of 2018 FilmHouse Residents reflects the talent and diversity of the Bay Area, adding many new, meaningful voices to the SFFILM filmmaking community. This next chapter of FilmHouse aims to foster an increasingly dynamic and inclusive space for the raw talent in the region, and this group of narrative and documentary filmmakers, whose work is deeply grounded in Bay Area values reflects just that."   

The next application period opens in July 2018 for the term of FilmHouse Residencies beginning January 2019. For more information, visit   

2018 FILMHOUSE RESIDENTS – 12-MONTH TERMS (* denotes extension of previous residency)  

Fawaz Al– Matrouk – Anwar – Narrative Feature, Research and Development
Emmanuelle Antolin* – All the Right Reasons – Documentary Feature, Research and Development
Joseph Applebaum – Golden Compass – Documentary Feature, Research and Development
Cameron Bargerstock – The Death of Ethan Rice – Documentary Feature, Post-production
Alix Blair* – Untitled McCloskey Project – Documentary Feature, Production
Paul Burke* – Clerical Affairs – Documentary Feature, Research and Development
Jehnovah Carlisle –  En Garde! – Narrative Feature, Screenwriting
Anthony Cianciolo* – The Jerome Project – Documentary Feature, Pre-production
Anne Flatte – A River City Drum Corps – Documentary Feature, Production
Maria Fortiz-Morse The Departure (working title) – Documentary Feature, Research and Development
Samuel Gibson – Perfectly Human Death – Narrative Feature, Screenwriting
Ben Guez – Quicksilver Chronicles – Documentary Feature, Research and Development
Diya Guha* Moses – Documentary Feature, Post-production
Fran Guijarro* Moses – Documentary Feature, Post-production
Jason Hanasik – Something Inside So Strong – Documentary Feature, Research and Development
Joshua Izenberg – Town Square – Documentary Feature, Production
Sabereh Kashi Home Yet Far Away – Documentary Feature, Post-production
Zachary Kerschberg – Crises – Documentary Feature, Post-production
Stu Maddux – Golden Compass – Documentary Feature, Research and Development
Brett Marty – Youth – Narrative Feature, Screenwriting; Town Square – Documentary Feature, Production
Kristina Motwani – What Happened to Amos? – Documentary Feature, Production
Benjamin MulHolland – The Lake Merritt Monster – Narrative Feature, Screenwriting
Elena Oxman – Outerlands – Narrative Feature, Packaging
Micha Peled* – Forbidden Knowledge: The Return of Psychedelics – Documentary Feature, Production
Tamara Perkins – Family Matters – Documentary Feature, Outreach and Distribution
Michael Phillis – The Bride of Death – Narrative Feature, Screenwriting
Rajal Pitroda – Untitled Race & Criminal Justice Project – Documentary Feature, Production
Maria Ponce – Washing Elena – Narrative Feature, Screenwriting
Courtney Quirin* – Guardian – Documentary Feature, Post-production
Alexia Sauvageon – Belle Otero – Narrative Feature, Screenwriting
Paula Sozzi Saslow – Perfectly Human Death – Narrative Feature, Screenwriting
Kristine Stolakis – Pray Away – Documentary Feature, Pre-production
Jason Sussberg – Untitled Stewart Brand Documentary – Documentary Feature, Research and Development
Angelos Tsaousis* – Far.Go.Bots – Documentary Feature, Production
Marcus Ubungen – Beyond the Fields – Documentary Feature, Production
Debra Wilson – Beyond the Butch Mystique – Documentary Feature, Research and Development  

For a complete list of all current FilmHouse residents, including those with extensions of previously announced residencies, visit  

SFFILM's FilmHouse residency programs offer unique opportunities and significant resources to filmmakers from the Bay Area and all over the globe, with an emphasis on fostering peer mentorship and career sustainability. FilmHouse residencies are a part of SFFILM Makers, SFFILM's suite of artist development services, which provides significant financial and creative resources to independent filmmakers through grants, fellowships, residencies, fiscal sponsorship, and other professional development opportunities. SFFILM Makers has become one the largest nonprofit supporters of independent film, having disbursed more than $5 million to more than 150 film projects since its inception in 2009.  

For more information about SFFILM's film exhibition, media education, and filmmaker services programs, visit

SFFILM Makers (formerly "Filmmaker360"), the organization's artist development program, provides significant financial and creative resources to independent filmmakers through grants, fellowships, residencies, fiscal sponsorship, and more. Since 2009, nearly $5 million has been disbursed to more than 150 film projects in various stages of production. Highlights include the SFFILM / Rainin Filmmaking Grant; a joint effort with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to cultivate stories rooted in science and technology; and the Documentary Film Fund, a partnership with the Jenerosity Foundation. For more information, visit

SFFILM is a nonprofit organization with a mission to champion the world's finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area. Presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival, SFFILM is a year-round organization delivering screenings and events to more than 100,000 film lovers and media education programs to more than 10,000 students and teachers annually. In addition to its public programs, SFFILM supports the careers of independent filmmakers from the Bay Area and beyond with grants, residencies, and other creative development services. For more information visit