Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced the naming of a Creative Producing Fellowship in honor of independent film pioneer Bingham Ray. The recipient, to be announced this summer, will have access to project-specific support through Labs, grants and long-term advisor relationships with industry mentors and Sundance Institute Feature Film Program staff.

“Bingham embodied so much of what makes a great independent film producer – passion, unwavering commitment, tenacity and a deep love of cinema,” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. “We hope that his clarity of purpose around films that he championed lives on in the spirit of a new generation of producers.”

This is one of five annual Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellowships. Producers selected to participate receive a $5,000 living stipend, $5,000 pre-production grant, year-round mentorship from two industry Advisors, year-round support from Institute staff, and attendance at the Feature Film Creative Producing Lab, Creative Producing Summit and Sundance Film Festival.

For more than 30 years, Sundance Institute and its Feature Film Program have offered in-depth, year-round programs for feature film screenwriters and directors. Producers and projects previously supported through the Creative Producing Fellowship include Dan Janvey & Josh Penn (2012 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winner Beasts of the Southern Wild), Alicia Van Couvering (Nobody Walks), Julien Favre (Arcadia), Nekisa Cooper (Pariah) and Cara Marcous (On the Ice).