The Wide Angle Project is an ongoing filmmaking lab designed to boost diversity and inclusion in the production industry, maximize professional opportunities for participants, and create connections between production professionals from all backgrounds.  Launched by Indie Grants with the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College, Wide Angle is the only one of its kind — a state-supported program to assist underrepresented filmmakers through practical training, education and mentorship, while also building a bridge through film between all viewpoints. The Wide Angle.

Phase one will involve African-American production professionals, with accompanying public workshops open to all. Phase two will team up filmmakers from varied backgrounds.

Led by noted film producer Effie Brown, the comprehensive program consisted of a series of training and other sessions from September 2018 to May 2019 for registered participants, exploring key elements of the industry, including financing, pitching, legal, logistics, agents, DIY distribution, and more.  Giving South Carolina filmmakers and other production professionals the tools to succeed in the industry and a pragmatic understanding of the standards and professionalism necessary for that to occur. The program culminated in a WIDE ANGLE Pitch Conference with a panel of industry executives in May 2019; check out photos of the event here, and more info on the Pitch Conference and other workshops at this link.

Wide Angle is free for South Carolina residents. The program is tailored for South Carolina filmmakers and other production professionals creating independent film work and other content, and are ready to take their talent and work to an international level. Sessions are broken down as follows:

  • Monthly, 1-2 hour sessions hosted virtually and led by Effie, involving a specific topic from the overall curriculum, including periodic presentations from other industry professionals.

  • Two in-person weekend workshops, also led by Effie. The first occured September 28-29, 2018 in Charleston, SC, and the second in May.

There is also a writing workshop component, where participants work on short film scripts during the program, and are encouraged to submit those for Indie Grants funding.

About Effie Brown:
Effie T. Brown is an award winning film, television, and digital Producer, known for her highly acclaimed, multi-platform repertoire as well as championing inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera. 

Her projects include Real Women Have Curves (directed by Patricia Cardosa in 2002 and winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award), In The Cut (directed by Jane Campion in 2003), Rocket Science (directed by Jeffrey Blitz, winner of the 2007 Grand Jury Price for directing at Sundance and recipient of three Independent Spirit Awards nominations), and Dear White People (Special Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and 2015 Independent Spirit Award-winner).  Brown joined Lee Daniels Entertainment in 2016 to Executive Produce Season 1 of the hit series Star on Fox, and was featured on the fourth season of Project Greenlight.

Effie also ventures beyond television and film, producing over 130 episodes of WIGS, an award winning, original content channel funded by Google/YouTube and Fox Broadcasting.  The channel features multiple original series showcasing “A list” actors, writers, and filmmakers to present stories centered around the ever complex lives of women, and blazes the trail for scripted content released directly online.  WIGS is the current number one scripted channel for drama on YouTube and was recently picked up for wider distribution via Hulu.

She stays driven by her love of inclusive genre film and television (Thriller, Action, Sci-fi, Horror),  securing several “big concept” IP told through an inclusive storytelling lens.  Her company, Duly Noted Inc., continues to be dedicated to groundbreaking narratives that use genre to challenge and advance our culture in a disruptive way.  Her dream is to change the world through film and TV – celebrating our differences while bringing us all closer together.

The 2019 WIDE ANGLE filmmakers with Effie T. Brown and the Pitch Conference Panel (Glendon Palmer [AGC Studios], Patrice Andrews [Discovery Networks], and Kendall Bowlin [NBC Universal]).

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Wide Angle Project  leader Effie T. Brown

Wide Angle Project leader Effie T. Brown