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2016 US in Progress Paris: Ott, Keleman, Jimeno & Ohs & Sisson Make Cut

The US in Progress Paris (part of next month’s Champs-Élysées Film Festival’s Industry Days) folks are switching up the formula this year. Their usual half dozen projects now includes the docu format with Brent Chesanek‘s Academy and Matt Yoka‘s Whirlybird being added alongside Mike Ott‘s sixth feature film (California Dreams) and the fiction feature debuts from the likes of Adam Keleman (Easy Living – produced by It Felt Like Love‘s Laura Wagner), Pete Ohs & Andrea Sisson (Everything Beautiful is Far Away) and Margarita Jimeno (the working title of Otto: My Life is a Soundtrack – produced by the filmmaker, executive produced by The Alchemist Cookbook‘s Andrew Corkin). Much like previous U.S in Progress participants such filmmakers as Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck & Robert Machoian, Matt Sobel, Nathan Silver, Michael Tully, Onur Tukel and Lawrence Michael Levine, we expect to see these films at prestige fests starting with TIFF in September all the way into 2017 with Sundance, Rotterdam and SXSW.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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