Posted April 22, 2014 by email@example.com
Documentary by Benjamin May Selected for $50,000 Award
St. Paul, MN, April 22, 2014-- Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP MN) announces that Minneapolis filmmaker Benjamin May's documentary The Legend of Swee' Pea is the recipient of this year's $50,000 New Media Project Grant. The documentary, which focuses on the life of basketball legend Lloyd Daniels, will be accompanied by an e-graphic novel illustrated by Minneapolis artist Kelsey Kuno. The New Media Project Grant is administered by Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP MN) with funds provided by The McKnight Foundation.
The Legend of Swee' Pea tells the quixotic tale of Daniels, a basketball prodigy who, felled by drugs and bullets, embarked on an improbable NBA comeback. The accompanying e-graphic novel covers the playground/hiphop culture of Brooklyn in the 1980s, the mythic powers of young Swee' Pea, the crack scourge of inner city New York, and Swee' Pea's history-making NBA career.
Legend is May's directorial debut. He is working with director of photography Daniel B. Levin, producer Karl Hollandt, editor Giovanni Autran, and writer Annemarie Lawless. Kuno is providing original animations for the film as well as illustrating the e-graphic novel.
The range of projects in the 51 applications submitted for the 2014 New Media Project Grant speaks to the dynamic "new media" scene in Minnesota. May's project was chosen from six finalists, selected by jurors Elaine McMillion Sheldon, a documentary storyteller; Joseph Beyer, Director of Digital Initiatives for Sundance Institute; and Matthew Bolish, the programmer of Convergence, a sidebar of the New York Film Festival.
The New Media Project Grant, funded by the McKnight Foundation, was developed in collaboration with Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota in response to the growing body of work by artists working in cross-platform and interactive media.