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Ursa Minor Independent promotes the discovery and careers of writers, filmmakers and other creators who specialize in telling the stories of underrepresented and marginalized communities through residences, grants, loans, distribution, and promotion.

 

SERVICES

What We Do

PRE-PRODUCTION

As one of the most challenging stages in any project, we specialize in providing pre-production development funding to writers and directors at any stage of the process. We know the creative process requires more than money. Whether you need a writers’ lab, content rights or a deeper connection to your subject matter, we partner with you to connect you to the right mentors and programs.

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT

When it comes to Creative Development, we partner with you to find the right production company for your unique approach.

 

PARTNERSHIPS

Who We Work With

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PLYMPTON

Plympton is a literary studio that innovates in digital publishing.

Through partnerships, we are behind Recovering the Classics, helped power the Subway Library in New York City, run the literary CODEX Hackathon, created a curated mobile reading service, produced a virtual reality adaptation of George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, helped launch the Twitter Fiction Festival, and are currently building a collection of children’s eBooks.

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GEORGE RUSH

Creative Synergy

George M. Rush is an attorney who has practiced law since 2001. George received his JD from University of California Hastings College of the Law (2000) and received his undergraduate degree in English from University of California at Berkeley (1996). He is dedicated to supporting independent filmmakers, stewarding them in the business and legal issues to make films both commercial and artistic successes. His clients include producers, directors, screen-writers and investors in development, production and distribution phases of filmmaking.

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BLACKHOUSE

Shared Vision

The Blackhouse helps Black creative voices and executives gain a better foothold in the industry.
We showcase the best-of-the-best in film and television and are committed to highlighting the power of Black writers, producers, directors, and executives telling our stories. Success in the industry is bolstered by the help of relationships.

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THE BLACK LIST

WHERE FILMMAKERS & WRITERS MEET

The Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood executives' favorite unproduced screenplays, was founded in 2005. Since then, more than 400 Black List scripts have been produced, grossing over $26 billion in box office worldwide. Black List movies have won 53 Academy Awards from 262 nominations, including 4 of the last 10 Best Picture Oscars and 10 of the last 22 Best Screenplay Oscars. In October of 2012, the Black List launched a unique online community where screenwriters make their work available to readers, buyers and employers. In only three years, a half dozen films have been produced from scripts introduced on the website including Golden Globe-nominated NIGHTINGALE, starring David Oyelowo. The Black List hosts over 3,500 scripts for consideration by over 5,000 film industry professionals.

 
 

MORE ABOUT US

Ursa Minor Independent is an award-winning Film Production Company, based out of San Francisco. Since day one, we’ve been working with industry leaders in every genre and format, and pride ourselves on the professional, thorough, and, most importantly, creative services we offer.

We welcome work from all sectors and will work around the clock to produce cutting-edge video content that is engaging, original and dynamic. Take a look at our showreel to learn more about what we can do for you, and get in touch today so we can start collaborating.

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DR. THERESA JOHNSON 

Founder, CEO

BRIAN MARINER

Co-founder

 

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