EXCLUSIVE: The BFFoundation, the nonprofit organization formed late last year to produce the Bentonville Film Festival chaired by Geena Davis in Arkansas, is launching a production company that, like the foundation and festival, defend women and inclusive voices in cinema.
The new Bentonville Way Entertainment already has a film list in the works featuring alumni from past Bentonville festivals: The movie directed by Amber McGinnis boyfriend, the movie directed by Jennifer Gerber Was beauty queen and Dealing with daddy written and directed by Tom Huang. Kristin Mann will take on the role of Content Manager.
BWE will provide local production resources for its films, with the goal of producing in Arkansas where possible. All three feature films are currently in pre-production and are expected to go into production in late 2021 and early 2022.
“We are excited to be able to further the outcome of our mission by not only amplifying these voices throughout the festival each year, but also by supporting the production and distribution of inclusive content,” said Davis. “This will help create avenues of change in the industry for our alumni. “
boyfriend, written by Luke Thomas and directed by McGinnis, the latest member of the BFF’s See It Be It Fellowship, centers on an elderly father who accidentally contributes to the death of a man and in an attempt to retain custody of his adult son with Down syndrome, he decides to cover him up. The photo will be produced in partnership with Sanjay M. Sharma and Milan Chakraborty of Marginal MediaWorks.
Was beauty queen, written by Arkansas-born Gerber and Samuel Brett Williams, is a semi-autobiographical account of Gerber’s true experiences growing up in Hot Springs, AR as a teenage beauty queen with a bipolar mother. Summer Shelton is also producing the photo, which is filmed in Arkansas.
Huang’s Dealing With Dad, whose screenplay was on Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab and Fast Track program, is a comedy drama about an Asian American family struggling to figure out what to do after realizing their elderly father is struggling. with depression. The film will be produced by Tanner Kling, Alan Pao and Brian Yang, with executive production by Effie Brown. He is currently filming in Los Angeles.
“We are delighted to present BWE as a way to continue BFFoundations’ vision for supporting artists beyond the established festival and annual programs,” said Wendy Guerrero, President of BFFoundation and the Bentonville Film Festival. “With the formation of Bentonville Way Entertainment, we are creating a tangible pipeline for filmmakers, giving them the resources and opportunities to bring their stories to life. Each of the selected films demonstrates BFF’s core mission: to champion voices historically under-represented in entertainment. “
Mann said: “With a focus on creating pathways for underrepresented filmmakers, BWE will continue to elevate
BFFoundation and create significant change in the industry.
The 2021 Bentonville Film Festival ran from August 3-8 this year and awarded its Jury Awards for Best Documentary to Kili big and Best Narrative Feature for 7 days.