Nearly a decade after American Zoetrope announced it had acquired the screen rights to Alysia Abbott’s Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, the film adaptation has finally come to fruition with the help of the Safe Space Pictures Foundation.
The newly formed financing company was founded by producer Nicole Shipley (“Trial of the Chicago 7”, “A Private War”) to advocate for women and underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry by supporting issue-driven documentary and storytelling projects on equity, Debt and Grant Funding. Safe Space is currently working on ten non-fiction and narrative projects at various stages of production. The Foundation’s investments in film or television projects range from $250,000 to $2 million.
“We take risks like other investors, but our returns are measured by enduring, positive change,” said Jeff Sobrato, co-founder and chairman of the foundation. “Our model gives our employees the freedom to tell stories that no one else can tell.”
Shipley and Sobrato will serve as executive producers on Fairyland, a film about Abbott growing up with her widowed father, poet and gay activist Steve Abbott. Safe Space will also support the Sofia Coppola-produced film through to release by helping generate a grant-funded impact campaign for the film, which has no release date yet.
Earlier this month, Cynthia Lowen’s Battleground, Safe Space’s first banner film, premiered in the Documentary Competition category at the Tribeca Festival. The documentary follows three women in charge of anti-abortion organizations and the overthrow of Roe v. have prescribed Wade. Shipley says the film is symbolic of Safe Space’s mission to amplify projects with the potential for significant, positive impact.
“While others could not bridge the ‘credibility gap’ that the United States would reverse 50 years of reproductive rights, Safe Space supported Lowen because her underrepresented perspective on this unique story offered knowledge, motivation, and a tool for millions of women to understand their… Making a difference to families and their communities,” says Shipley. “‘Battleground’ activated me in the best possible way, and that’s what Safe Space is about – investing in media to activate and inspire, to open the conversations we so desperately need.”
In addition to financial support and impact campaigns, Safe Space also offers developers industry support through introductions to distributors and sales representatives.
The Safe Space team includes Shipley, who serves as Safe Space’s CEO, Sobrato, Emmy-winning producer Ryan Harrington (“The Cave,” Becoming Cousteau) as Head of Documentary, and tech founder and social entrepreneur Jaden Levitt as President . Safe Space’s upcoming projects include collaborations with Boardwalk Pictures, Impact Partners, XTR Studios, Anonymous Content, Fishbowl Films, producer Jeff Reichert (“American Factory”), director David Usui (“In Transit”) and editor Jessica Congdon (” John Lewis: Good Problems”).
“This system may be broken, but the medium of film is not,” says Shipley. “People with no power in this industry have been denied a vote for too long. It’s high time we created a dedicated space for women, BIPOC, and underrepresented creators to transform the world through radical storytelling. Safe Space is that place. And this is our Lumière brothers’ moment — let’s drive this train through the big screen and empower people to see a bigger world for the better.”
(Pictured: Jaden Levitt, Nicole Shipley, Ryan Harrington)
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