2020 Emerging Talent Lab Projects Announced in Village Roadshow Partnership

Five SFTV alumni-lead projects will receive mentorship and $10k in funding

In partnership with Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, LMU’s School of Film and Television (SFTV) is excited to announce the participants for the 2020 Emerging Talent Lab. The lab gives select graduating students and recent SFTV alumni a bridge to the media and entertainment industry and to help them move their creative projects forward in a concrete and significant way.

2020 Emerging Talent Lab Projects

Foundling, Dawson Taylor ’17
A young woman ventures to meet her biological parents, only to find they dress and act like foxes, and are dead set on her rejoining the family

Love Yourself, Corey Wooten MFA ’20, Erica Lee MFA ’20
Love Yourself ​is a slice of life story about two best friends, Zoom and Justin, and the traumatic event that shapes the outcome of their lives.

Migracion, Maurico Jauregui ’18, Ben Cheskis ’20
Diego, an immigrant from Mexico in the US, needs to get money in two days to pay for his immigration processes. When every call he makes leads to a dead end, he finally doubts the possibility of staying.

Money Cat, Thomas Ireton ’14, Jen O’Malley ’14
When a financially-strapped couple encounters a mysterious Money Cat, one of them touts it as a good luck charm while the other remains a skeptic. They’re both surprised when good fortune seemingly befalls them, but everything comes with a price.

We Share Parents, Jenna Park MFA ’17
When two estranged sisters come together to help their financially-flailing parents, they are forced to confront the old wounds that have festered and kept them divided for years.

Participants in the Emerging Talent Lab will work closely with Village Roadshow creative executives to create short films to be used as calling cards on the film festival circuit and for other professional opportunities. Film teams will receive $10,000 and have regular group meetings with Village Roadshow to receive mentorship and guidance on their projects. Check out the 2019 participants here.

Founded in 1997, Village Roadshow Pictures has produced and financed over 100 commercially and critically acclaimed films, including THE MATRIX trilogy, the OCEAN’S franchise, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, and JOKER.

Village Roadshow is an independent studio and financier with longstanding relationships at all major US studios and streaming platforms. In recent years, they’ve renewed their focus on original material, developing elevated, accessible movies and television created by top-tier writers and filmmakers. Their unique process promises a swift and uncomplicated path to production – a true rarity in Hollywood – all with the benefit of a globally recognized brand. From films like AMERICAN SNIPER and MYSTIC RIVER to READY PLAYER ONE and EDGE OF TOMORROW, the Village mandate has been, and will always be, to create films with timeless appeal and a truly singular point of view.

Photo: Su Po Wei