via press release:
USA NETWORK AND RSA FILMS’
WYCKOFF PLACE NAMED BEST DOCUMENTARY AT THE LA SHORTS FEST
Short Film Part of USA Network’s Character Project Artistic Initiative Celebrating Quintessential American Stories
Wyckoff Place, a short documentary chronicling the interactions of a diverse group of children from Brooklyn, has received the award for Best Documentary at the LA Shorts Fest, the largest short film festival in the world. The film, directed by Lauri Faggioni, is part of USA Network’s Character Project, an ongoing artistic initiative with the mission to explore extraordinary people, from all walks of life, who make this country unique.
In Wyckoff Place, Faggioni introduces viewers to a group of children from a Brooklyn apartment building who spend their days playing together. Although the children each come from different backgrounds, they see each other not as strangers, but as friends. Through the lens of some of America’s youngest characters, the short film offers a valuable lesson about open-mindedness, diversity, and the power of childhood friendships.
Character Project represents USA Network’s consistent efforts to cultivate new voices and develop content opportunities. In partnership with RSA Films and Ridley & Tony Scott, USA commissioned seven talented filmmakers to create short films that explore the theme of American character through moving image. All Character Project short curated films are housed online in a digital hub at characterproject.usanetwork.com, and available via FOD, mobile platforms, syndicated widgets, and social media.
For more information and to watch and embed Wyckoff Place, go to http://characterproject.usanetwork.com/#!/wyckoff-place
For more information on Character Project, go to the official website at www.characterproject.usanetwork.com.
ABOUT DIRECTOR LAURI FAGGIONI
Lauri Faggioni is an award-winning director, production designer and choreographer, and is among today’s emerging pioneers in the creative world. Her music video directing debut, Devendra Banhart’s “A Ribbon,” premiered at MoMA and earned her MVPA nominations for Directorial Debut and Best Video Under $25,000, as well as the award for Best Animated Video. Her work in Michel Gondry’s musical documentary Dave Chappelle’s Block Party and the surreal film The Science of Sleep garnered significant press accolades. Faggioni went on to collaborate on additional commercial and music video work with Gondry as well as projects with renowned director Johan Renck. She recently designed Johnny Depp’s upcoming documentary on Keith Richards. Faggioni has also directed music videos for Bright Eyes, Iron and Wine and Monsters of Folk, and has done commercial work for brands including H&M, Escada, EDF and Talk Talk.
ABOUT CHARACTER PROJECT
Character Project is an ongoing artistic initiative committed to celebrating America’s characters – the interesting, dazzling, and distinctive people, from all walks of life, who make this country extraordinary. Inspired by USA’s “Characters Welcome” brand, Character Project launched in 2009 with a focus on photography. For its second act, USA has partnered with RSA Films and Ridley & Tony Scott, to once again turn a lens on America’s characters, this time through the medium of the moving image. Together, they commissioned seven talented filmmakers to each explore the theme of character from their own unique perspective. From lost loves to loyal friends, private heroes to public personalities, the subjects of these short films – some real, some fictional – show the courage, connection, humor, and hope that give shape to the American character. After all, characters are what make us USA.
ABOUT RSA FILMS
RSA Films was founded in 1968 and is the film and television production vehicle of acclaimed film directors, brothers Sir Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, and is now one of the leading film, television, advertising, commercials and music video production companies in the world. Headed by President Jules Daly, RSA has an established reputation for creating innovative and groundbreaking commercials for some of the world’s most recognized corporate brands. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in New York and London, RSA has a roster of over thirty directors. Among the prestigious awards RSA has garnered is an Emmy Award for Best Commercial for “Nike Move” and the announcement in TV Guide that Ridley Scott’s “1984” Apple computer spot was voted The Best Commercial of All-Time. RSA has collected a number of GOLDEN LIONS, EMMYS, BAFTA, AICP, Cleo, MTV and MVPA Awards since its inception.