Producer extraordinaire Effie Brown has joined the *cast* of HBO’s “Project Greenlight” reboot, Variety is reporting exclusively.
She will assume the role of producer and mentor to the winner of the filmmaking competition.
The veteran producer of indie films most recently put her stamp on Justin Simien’s lauded "Dear White People," which is currently doing quite well in theaters.
"Effie is a fearless producer whose experience will be invaluable to a first-time director," said producer Perrin Chiles. "We are excited to work with Effie in making our winning director’s dream a reality."
"I am beyond thrilled at the opportunity to shepherd a new creative voice into the indie film community," Brown said. "I loved "Project Greenlight" when it was on HBO years ago. I would watch it and think of all the things I would say and do if I were in this situation or that ‘crisis.’ Now a decade later, we’re bringing it back and I get to put my money where my mouth is."
"Project Greenlight," the docu-series chronicling the search for a first-time director, while exploring the filmmaking process, is returning to HBO for a new season, it was announced in April.
Filmmakers were asked to submit a 3-minute short video at Projectgreenlight.com, between July 24th and August 8, 2014. Did you? If not, you missed the deadline. We told you about it months ago.
Executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who were executive producers of the previous 2 seasons on HBO, over a decade ago, in 2001 and 2003, "Project Greenlight" takes a revealing, uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director, spanning the entire filmmaking process.
The show begins with a digital competition, following the winner from pre-production and casting, through principal photography and post-production.
Equipped with a "Hollywood-vetted" script and surrounded by a team of industry professionals, the fledgling director must learn to cope with pressure from the studio and producers to deliver an agreed upon completed project, while handling on-set politics, and lead a veteran cast and crew, all while trying to deliver a viable movie – on schedule and on budget.
"Project Greenlight" is produced for HBO by Adaptive Studios in association with Pearl Street Films and Miramax; executive producers, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Marc Joubert, TJ Barrack, Perrin Chiles, Marshall Lewy and Zanne Devine.
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