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2022 American Film Fest in Wroclaw: Julia Halperin & Jason Cortlund, Lucy Kerr Among Lucky 8 at US in Progress

2022 American Film Fest in Wroclaw: Julia Halperin & Jason Cortlund, Lucy Kerr Among Lucky 8 at US in Progress

Next month, the American Film Festival in Wroclaw will hold its 13th edition and an integral part of the fest is the annual U.S. in Progress. The programmers have selected a total of eight projects for the co-production forum. As we already know, some of these completed films will move onto the likes of Sundance, SXSW et al. Especially encouraging, this year they curated from a record number of submissions. Lucy Kerr‘s feature debut The Christmas Card (featuring Deragh Campbell) is among the lucky eight projects selected. It was also among the dozen projects selected for the FIDLab showcase this summer. Veteran indie producer Liz Cardenas comes back to lab with the debut feature (Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time) by Ben Hicks. We also find the filmmaking tandem of Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund of Now, Forager fame (Gotham Awards nom for Breakthrough Director) arrive with their third feature, CrookedFinger. Here are the selected projects:

CrookedFinger directed by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund, produced by Julia Halperin and Todd Remis
Falling Stars directed and produced by Richard Karpala and Gabriel Bienczycki
Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time directed by Ben Hicks, produced by Liz Cardenas
LaRoy directed by Shane Atkinson, produced by Sebastien Aubert, Jeremie Guiraud and Caddy Vanasirikul
Mountains directed by Monica Sorelle, produced by Robert Colom
Playland directed by Georden West, produced by Russell Sheaffer, Danielle Cooper, Hannah McSwiggen
Summer Solstice directed by Noah Schamus, produced by Jess Zeidman, Jesse Miller, Arno Mokros, Noah Schamus
The Christmas Card directed by Lucy Kerr, produced by Fred Winkle, Megan Pickrell

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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