In fact, Lena Waithe, Hillman Grad and 271 Films select 10 filmmakers for ‘Rising Voices’ Season 3 – BIPOC filmmakers to offer perspective on the future of work

Austin, Texas–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–Today, Indeed, the world’s number one job site, actress Lena Waithe and her company Hillman Grad, and 271 Films announced the casting of ten filmmakers on the third season of Indeed’s Rising Voices. Rising Voices was created to discover, invest in, and share stories created by Black, Indigenous, and Color (BIPOC) filmmakers across the US to tell diverse stories about the meaning of work and the idea that jobs create opportunity and better lives. for all. Each filmmaker will premiere their short film at the Tribeca Festival in June 2023 around the theme, Future of Work.

The 10 selected filmmakers include:

  • anna green

  • candace ho

  • hannah bang

  • Jackie! zhou

  • James Rogers III

  • Joey Xuetong Zhao

  • Justin Kim Wook

  • larry owens

  • Maria Alvarez

  • Miguel Angel Caballero

“We are thrilled to continue this special partnership with Indeed to support diverse filmmakers,” said Lena Waithe, Founder of Hillman Grad and Rishi Rajani, CEO of Hillman Grad. “This year marks the third season of Rising Voices, and we are impressed for the incredible talent featured in this class and we can’t wait to see the intentional stories they bring to the screen. We look forward to working with these amazing filmmakers and giving them everything they need to succeed.”

He Future of Work The Rising Voices theme for Season 3 comes as we are experiencing a defining moment in jobs and workplace experiences. Today, employees have more power than ever and have changed the conversation around workplace flexibility standards, personal wellness and mental health, and have increased accountability demands around the values ​​of the company. With the world of work changing rapidly, Rising Voices is an opportunity to raise the voices of those who are not often heard, who are living through today’s changes and imagining the workplace of tomorrow.

“Indeed’s mission is to help people get jobs. Together with our amazing partners, Lena Waithe, Hillman Grad Productions, and 271 Films, Rising Voices makes it possible to not only open doors for BIPOC filmmakers, but also create a window so that all of us see the world of work through a different lens,” said Chris Hyams, CEO of Indeed. “We believe that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. With Season 3, we look forward to seeing new stories that offer that new lens to reimagine the future of work.”

Indeed’s investment in Rising Voices helps provide filmmakers with a production budget of up to $100,000 to create a short film. As part of the Rising Voices initiative, filmmakers also receive guidance and guidance from veteran filmmakers including: Lena Waithe, Destin Daniel Cretton, Diego Velasco, Anthony Hemingway, Tiff Johnson, and Naima Ramos Chapman. The filmmakers will also receive compensation of $5,000 for writing their original script and $5,000 for directing. This season, Indeed, Hillman Grad Productions and 271 Films are hosting a Filmmaker Bootcamp in Los Angeles, where filmmakers will have the opportunity to meet Indeed CEO Chris Hyams, Hillman Grad CEO Rishi Rajani, the founders of 271 Films, Constanza and Doménica Castro, along with mentors who will help refine the show’s scripts.

“It is a great honor to reach the three-year milestone of the Rising Voices initiative, as we once again open the doors to opportunities for underrepresented BIPOC creatives,” said LaFawn Davis, Senior Vice President of Environment, Social and Governance at Indeed. “Filmmakers are not only able to bring their vision to life on screen, but receive mentorship and the ability to make new connections and inspire others. With the workforce completely transforming in recent years, we look forward to seeing what the future of film looks like.” I work through the eyes of these very talented and creative filmmakers.”

Rising Voices, along with participating filmmakers, has received worldwide recognition from major film festivals including: Tribeca, Sundance, Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, AFI Fest, Pan African Film, and the 45th Asian American Film Festival, among others. In addition, filmmakers who have completed Rising Voices have directed episodes of “The Chi” on Showtime, “Chicago Fire” on NBC, become staff writers for Netflix, directed commercial television work for Jeep and Oakley, and have been nominated. for the NAACP Image Awards. In addition, more than 1,000 jobs have been created throughout the process.

About Indeed

More people find jobs on Indeed than anywhere else. Indeed is the #1 job site in the world (Comscore, Total Visits, Sep 2022), empowering job seekers to search for millions of jobs in over 60 countries and 28 languages. More than 3 million employers use Indeed to find and hire new employees. More than 300 million unique visitors each month search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies on Indeed, and Indeed delivers 2.5x more hires than other brand-name job sites combined (among BreezyHR clients, Hiring Sources Report 2021 , USA). For more information, visit Indeed.com.

About Hillman Grad

Hillman Grad was founded by Emmy®-winning actress, producer and writer Lena Waithe and CEO Rishi Rajani to empower and provide industry access to underrepresented artists and amplify the stories of diverse and historically marginalized communities across industries.

Hillman Grad, the company’s development and production arm, is home to the producers behind award-winning films like The forty year version Y queen and thinand more recently, they released the Netflix drama Beauty, Written by Waithe. Hillman Grad has upcoming projects set at Netflix, BET, Disney, Amazon, Universal, Showtime, HBO/HBO Max and Focus Features, including AV Rockwell’s feature debut the thousand and one, starring Teyana Taylor, which will be released in March 2023; the Disney Studios high school basketball movie chang can nail for Disney+; Y Being Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Documentary, directed by James Adolfo. For television, they recently signed an exclusive multi-year general agreement with Warner Bros. Television Group. Prior to the WBTVG deal, they executive produced “The Chi” for Showtime, BET’s hit series “Twenties,” and “Twenties the After Show,” hosted by B. Scott, for BET+.

The company has expanded to include Hillman Grad Records, a label in association with Def Jam Recordings; a multi-project development agreement with Audible, under which the first release of the project was released kim, an original scripted comedy series inspired by the life of Emmy-nominated actress and comedian Kym Whitley; and a partnership with the independent book publisher Zando. As one of Zando’s first founding publishing partners, Hillman Grad will acquire and publish four to six books over a three-year period, including memoirs, young adult titles, and literary fiction.

Hillman Grad also has two innovative initiatives focused on inclusion under its umbrella: The Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab, which offers opportunities for marginalized storytellers to connect, grow, and accelerate their careers in television and film through one-on-one instruction from professionals in the industry in writing, screen acting, and executive development; and the Rising Voices Initiative in partnership with Indeed, which enabled ten BIPOC filmmakers to create short films with a production budget of $100,000 each, currently in its third season.

About 271 movies

271 Films, founded by Constanza and Doménica Castro, develops and produces original stories with a focus on storytellers and underrepresented communities in film, television, music videos, and commercials. Along with Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions, the company co-directs the mentoring program Indeed Rising Voices which is in its third season to empower the next generation of BIPOC filmmakers. 271 Films brings stories that push boundaries, provoke, inspire and entertain a global audience.

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