Fancy Mama

Experience an unprecedented season of creativity
in scenic Chattanooga, Tennessee.

A 3-month residency for rising writers and directors, Fancy Mama offers a stipend of $25,000 to one filmmaker every spring, summer and fall. The residency combines the pressures of daily creation with the solitude of Chattanooga's natural environment.

Fancy Mama's goal is to provide a time of inspiration and work for rising writers and directors who have proven their dedication to the craft of filmmaking.

The residency will include:

  • the production of a short film under the filmmaker’s direction
  • a communal screening of the filmmaker’s portfolio
  • the direction of select commercial content alongside creative shop Fancy Rhino
  • a time of focus for personal projects

Outdoor Magazine has twice named Chattanooga “Best Town” in America. The city sits within two hours' reach of both Atlanta & Nashville, and its borders expand into natural beauty on all sides.

Spring Resident: Amman Abbasi 

Fancy Mama is proud to welcome Amman Abbasi as its spring resident. Filmmaker Magazine named Abbasi one of Twenty Five New Faces in Independent Film in 2016:

"Amman Abbasi’s parents are Pakistani immigrants who moved around Arkansas when he was growing up, and the director is still based in Little Rock. Dayveon, his feature debut (a 2016 IFP Narrative Lab selection currently in post), tells a familiar story in a new location: still troubled by the death of his brother, a 12-year-old boy in rural Arkansas falls in with a gang. What makes Dayveon distinctive is both its under-depicted setting and the strong visual choices Abbasi makes in collaboration with DP Dustin Lane: shot in controlled handheld 4:3 with lush colors and a strong sense of immersive place, the film’s aesthetic is distinctive and anomalous in the contemporary American independent landscape." 

Abbasi comes to Chattanooga fresh off his time as Fellow at the Sundance Institute's 2018 Screenwriter's Lab, workshopping his latest screenplay, Silhouette.

Partial funding generously made available through The Footprint Foundation, working in Chattanooga to enrich learning, honor the natural environment, address social justice, and build a creative culture. Special thanks also to The Chattanooga Film Festival, proudly continuing its mission to “Respect Cinema."