SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant Winner
SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant 2011 / 2012 winner
Dir. Lance Edmands
Producer: Kyle Martin
Awarded $44,000 for post production Spring 2012
Awarded $97,000 for production Fall 2011
Bluebird is an atmospheric, ensemble drama that explores the profound and transcendent effects of a tragedy on an isolated Maine logging town.
Lance Edmands was born and raised in a small town in Maine. He graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received numerous accolades. His thesis film Vacationland won the 2004 Warner Bros. Film Production Award as well as the Clive J. Davis Award for Music in Film. Vacationland went on to receive awards for Directing and Cinematography at NYU’s First Run Film Festival and screened at dozens of film festivals around the world, including the Student Academy Awards.
Lance currently works as a commercial and documentary film editor. He recently completed the feature documentaries Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (Berlin 2008) and Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be the Same (SXSW 2009). His first narrative feature as editor, Tiny Furniture, won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2010 and was released worldwide by IFC Films and Criterion Collection. He’s currently editing the feature films Nobody Walks (starring John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby) and The Wait (starring Chloe Sevigny and Jena Malone). In January of 2010 his feature screenplay Bluebird was invited to the Sundance Institute Screenwriters and Directors Labs and was awarded the Annenberg Feature Film Development Grant. Bluebird will mark Lance’s debut feature.
Kyle Martin graduated from NYU’s Film and Television program in 2007, and began working alternatively in advertising production as well as the independent film community. As a Producer for Jay Walter Thompson, Kyle created content for Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Smirnoff, Macy’s, and Cadbury Adams.
Kyle's first project as an independent Producer was the short film Blue Dress, winner of the Best Student Film Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell, his first feature length documentary, premiered at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, was released theatrically by Plexi later that year, and aired on the Sundance Channel in the spring of 2009. His follow up feature length documentary, Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be The Same, premiered at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival and is slated for release via Factory 25 in 2010. He recently completed production on NY Export: Opus Jazz and Tiny Furniture. NY Export: Opus Jazz is the first feature film adaptation of a Jerome Robbins work since West Side Story. It premiered at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won the Emerging Visions Audience Award, and had its broadcast premiere nationwide on PBS’s Great Performances this March. Tiny Furniture is the second feature from writer/director/actress Lena Dunham. It premiered in Narrative Competition at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature, and is being released by IFC. Kyle has been nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for Tiny Furniture.