Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota is pleased to announce the four artists selected to receive the 2017 McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists. This year’s fellows are Rini Yun Keagy of St. Paul, Naomi Ko of Savage, and Keri Pickett and Brennan Vance of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Out of a field of 61 applicants, the four fellows were chosen by a national panel of media artists and curators: documentary filmmaker Selina Lewis Davidson, from San Francisco; television writer Dawn Comer Jefferson of Los Angeles; and film curator Dean Otto, of the Speed Museum in Louisville.
“Every year the panelists tell us that they are impressed, and even surprised, at the high quality of the work that comes out of Minnesota, and this year was no exception,” said Andrew Peterson, IFP Minnesota’s Executive Director. “The work from these four fellows is rich and varied, from dark comedy screenplays to political documentaries to metaphysical narratives. I’m also excited that, for the first time, three of the four fellows are women, underscoring the strength and depth of Minnesota talent in an industry, which has long been dominated by men.”
The McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists support mid-career artists residing in Minnesota whose work is of exceptional artistic merit. The $25,000 fellowships will enable these four artists to study, reflect, experiment, and explore over a twelve month period with support and assistance from IFP Minnesota and the McKnight Foundation.
In addition to the cash award, the program supports its fellows by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a year-end McKnight Retrospective featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend the annual Film Independent Forum in Los Angeles, and by offering special class and workshop opportunities through IFP Minnesota.
The fellowships are funded by a generous grant from The McKnight Foundation and administered by IFP Minnesota.