AFI and Russo Brothers’ AGBO Films Partner for Inaugural Development Grant – American Film Institute


AFI and Russo Brothers’ AGBO Films Partner for Inaugural Development Grant

AFI, in partnership with AGBO Films, has announced Angela Chen (AFI Directing Class of 2018) as the recipient of the inaugural AGBO/AFI Conservatory Development Grant. This new program awards $25,000 to a recent AFI Conservatory graduate to develop at least one project, with year-long mentorship from AGBO. Chen will receive the grant for her project TRIAD OF US, which tells the story of a broken Chinese immigrant family and their first-generation children in America. Told from multiple perspectives and based on true events, the story finds the young daughter unveiling dark family secrets as an assassination is executed and a sting operation is underway.

“As a creative-led studio, mentorship and collaboration lie at the heart of AGBO’s company values. We are thrilled to be working with AFI — the premier training ground for storytelling in Los Angeles — to identify and support the next generation of dynamic filmmakers rising from their ranks. Angela Chen’s gripping project caught our attention and we can’t wait to get into development,” said Todd Makurath, COO of AGBO.

Founded by directors Anthony and Joe Russo (AVENGERS: ENDGAME) along with Makurath and Mike Larocca, AGBO is an artist-led collective focused on creating global content for film, television and digital platforms. AGBO headquarters are located in downtown Los Angeles.

Pictured at top: Mike Larocca, Angela Chen , Todd Makurath
Credit: Sean Twomey

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