Nearly a decade after American Zoetrope announced that the company had acquired the rights to the screen of Alysia Abbott’s filmFairyland: Memoirs of my father“Ultimately, the film adaptation was made with the help of Safe Space Pictures Foundation.
The newly formed funding organization was founded by producer Nicole Shipley (Chicago 7 Trial, Private Warfare) to protect women and the underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry by providing support for problem-driven documentary and storytelling projects. equity, debt and grants. Safe Space is currently working on ten non-fiction and storytelling projects at various stages of production. The foundation’s investments in film or television projects range from $ 250,000 to $ 2 million.
“We take risks like other investors, but our return is measured in lasting, positive change,” said Jeff Sobrato, co-founder of the foundation and chairman of the board. “Our model gives our collaborators the freedom to tell stories that no one else has.”
Shipley and Sobrato will be the executive producers of Fairyland, a film about Abbott growing up with his widowed father, poet and gay activist Steve Abbott. Safe Space will also support the film, produced by Sofia Coppola, by publishing it, helping to generate an impact campaign funded by a grant for the film, which has not yet been released.
Earlier this month, Safe Space’s first banner film, Cynthia LowenBattlefield, ”Premiere in the category of the Tribeca Documentary Film Competition. The document traces three women in charge of anti-abortion organizations dedicated to the abolition of Roe v. Wade. Shipley says the film is emblematic of Safe Space’s mission to expand projects with the potential for significant, positive impact.
While others could not bridge the “credibility gap” that the United States would turn 50 years into reproductive rights, Safe Space supported Lowen because her underrepresented view of the story once a generation offered knowledge, motivation, and a tool to make a difference. for millions of women, their families and their communities, ”says Shipley. “Battleground activates me in the best possible way, and that’s the point of Safe Space – investing in the media to activate and inspire to open the conversations we so desperately need.”
In addition to financial support and impact campaigns, Safe Space also provides industry support to creators by presenting distributors and sales agents.
The Safe Space team includes Shipley, who serves as CEO of Safe Space, Sobrato, Emmy-winning producer Ryan Harrington (“The Cave,” Becoming Cousteau “) as documentary filmmaker and technology founder and social entrepreneur Jaden Levitt as president. Upcoming Safe Space projects include collaborations with Boardwalk Pictures, Impact Partners, XTR Studios, Anonymous Content, Fishbowl Films, producer Jeff Reichert (American Factory), director David Usui (“In Transit”) and editor Jessica Kongden “John Lewis” : Good problem “).
“This system may be broken, but the film environment is not,” Shipley said. “Those who have no power in this industry have been deprived of their voice for too long. It is high time we created a special space for women, BIPOC and underrepresented creators to change the world through radical storytelling. The safe space is this place. And this is the moment for our Lumière brothers – let’s take this train across the screen and give people the opportunity to see a bigger world for the better. “
(Pictured: Jaden Levitt, Nicole Shipley, Ryan Harrington)