Amman Abbasi is the spring resident of Fancy Mama. (Photo: Contributed)

A new residency is seeking to bring talented filmmakers to Chattanooga.

Mama Bear Studios, Fancy Rhino and the Footprint Foundation have announced Fancy Mama, a three-month residency for rising writers and directors.

The program’s first resident is Amman Abbasi, director of the Sundance-premiered film “Dayveon.”


Abbasi will introduce a screening of the film at The Palace Theater Thursday at 8 p.m. 

“I am so excited to be the first resident of this cool new residency,” Abbasi said. “I am happy to be here in Chattanooga. Everyone has been so warm and inviting already. It’s clear there is a vibrant and blossoming arts scene here, and I am humbled and honored to be included.”

Fancy Mama will offer a $25,000 stipend to one filmmaker every spring, summer and fall. According to a release, the residency will combine “the pressure of daily creation with the solitude of Chattanooga’s natural environment.”

Abbasi was featured in a 25 new faces in independent film article in Filmmaker Magazine in 2016.

“Dayveon” tells the story of a 12-year-old boy in rural Arkansas and his affiliation with a gang. Watch a trailer below.

Participants will work to produce a short film, host a communal screening of their portfolio, direct commercial content through Fancy Rhino and focus on personal projects.

“Our city needs talented filmmakers from around the country to come here, enjoy the gorgeous area and make films that inspire and challenge us,” Fancy Mama founder Drew Belz said.

Applications for the residency can be found here.