Yung Jake



Los Angeles, CA – Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation announced today the ten artists selected for the 2015 Sundance Institute | Time Warner Foundation Fellowship Program, which recognizes and fosters the talent of diverse independent artists. These Fellowships and accompanying grants are part of the Institute’s year-round artist programs, including 24 residency labs and more than $2.5 million in grants for independent artists each year.

The program this year expanded to include support for Fellows working in new media, as well as continued support for Fellows in documentary and narrative film, theatre and film music as well as from the Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program. Fellows attend an annual Lab and receive continued support from the Institute, including mentoring, strategic granting, attendance at the Sundance Film Festival and participation in screenplay readings, work-in-progress screenings and related programs and events. Since 2007, Time Warner Foundation has supported more than 54 artists through Sundance Institute, including Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Aurora Guerrero (Mosquita y Mari), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Appropriate) and Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest).

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “Time Warner Foundation’s longstanding support for independent artists has nurtured a diverse and profound body of work. We are grateful to the Time Warner Foundation for their shared encouragement of championing unique voices.”

“The mission of the Time Warner Foundation is to seek innovative and powerful ways to discover, nurture and celebrate the next generation of storytellers. To that end, the Foundation has developed the New Works/New Voices initiative to foster the creation, development and production of work that reflects the voices and experiences of artists from all backgrounds. Time Warner has been, and continues to be, a tremendous advocate of Sundance Institute’s work around the world as a partner aligned with our mission,” said Lisa Garcia-Quiroz, Senior Vice President of Cultural Investments at Time Warner. “It is a special thrill to see past Time Warner Fellows screen their incredible films, and we’re looking forward to these new Time Warner Fellows engaging audiences in the larger discussion of how storytelling unites our global community.”

Yung Jake (New Frontier) – Yung Jake is net-centric artist, director, rapper, and Internet persona. His filmography includes interactive videos and Augmented Real, which were featured at Sundance Film Festival, as well as conceptual rap videos She Don’t Need to Know and Look. He has been featured in various art exhibitions worldwide; most recently in solo show Twisted Metal III in East Hampton, NY. Jake made recent waves online for celebrity portraiture created purely out of emojis. Such creations have been covered by the likes of Time Magazine, among others. The Sundance Institute | Time Warner Foundation Fellowship included support for Yung Jake to develop new conceptual rap video projects.

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