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New Angle Fellows


New Angle Fellows supports emerging documentary filmmakers who are creating their own work and hoping to get to the next step in their filmmaking journey. This cohort of six members will get the opportunity to learn skills and knowledge from more advanced filmmakers. Participants attend two Thursday evening sessions a month to discuss their films and topics such as cinematography, funding, and distribution. Guest artists and funders will visit to give participants tips on how to succeed in the local industry.

Participants receive a $3000 stipend to support them in producing their documentary. This program is made possible by a grant from the Jerome Foundation and by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Doc U alum are highly encouraged to apply, though you must have created work beyond the Doc U program.

Welcome the 2019-20 New Angle Fellows

  • Adrian Mack

    In pursuit of bridging art, film, family science, and social cause into one output, Adrian Mack has been on a journey to creatively impact the health of Black people. He has been studying photography and film for a little under 10 years which has culminated into the establishment of Black Light Media, a film and photography company with a mission to elevate narratives of African descendants and promote business visibility. Adrian is a father, a husband, mentor, and currently an adjunct professor at Concordia University in the Family Science Department.

  • Kevin Yang

    Kevin Yang is a Hmong American multidisciplinary artist from the Twin Cities. Kevin creates primarily in the mediums of spoken word and filmmaking. He is a core member of Street Stops and Mountain Tops, a team that connects the global Hmong diasporic community together through the arts. He finds most of his inspiration unraveling his experience as a Hmong soul born in the United States. Kevin also has a great fondness for almond milk and banana nut granola.

  • Adja Gildersleve

    Adja Gildersleve is a filmmaker, photographer, and educator based in Minneapolis. Adja is the Co-director of Free Truth and also works with a group of youth at the Science Museum of MN working to add colorism to the race exhibit. Adja is committed to fighting oppression, healing, and ultimately becoming a healthy elder. Adja's dream is to work with Issa Rae on a sci-fi film where two Black women travel back in time to save the world from the zombie apocalypse aka colonization. All of this with a bundle of your favorite Capricorn traits.

  • Tommy Franklin

    Tommy Franklin is a Minnesota writer, filmmaker, producer, performer, creator of the art-meets-activism interview show Weapon of Choice Podcast, Founder and President of Special Menu Productions, an independent production company with an eye toward art that changes narratives and disrupts. Tommy collaborates in philanthropic and grassroots organizing communities to produce content he believes in, indiscriminate of form or medium. As a survivor of incarceration (born in prison and having served time inside as an adult), Tommy works to radically reimagine power structures across issue work while focusing his advocacy efforts in criminal justice reform and visions for liberation.

  • Bao Vue

    Bao is an amazing aunt, intuitive, story-sharer, and emerging filmmaker. She is working on her first professional documentary on how three seemingly-ordinary Asian American strangers in the Twin Cities struggle and cope with their depression, and also how their depression connects with a wider community struggle of stigma and trauma. She is a recipient of the 2019 Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) from the Center for Urban and Regional Planning (CURA) at the University of Minnesota. She also facilitates peacemaking circles for Hmong women to heal through personal storytelling--she has been doing this for the past 4 years. Her adorable nephews take up most of her free time.

  • Za’Nia Coleman

    Za’Nia Coleman is a Co-Organizer of the Tangible collective. Her primary medium is film focusing on documentary and oral history. She has been holding spaces and creating experiences that center black thought and expression in the Twin Cities for over two years. The root of her work is sustaining traditional and historical practices around love, cultural expression and community building.

New Angle Doc U Fellows is supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts board. This program is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.