NEON to produce ‘Seeking Mavis Beacon’ doc to be directed by Jazmin Jones
NEON is excited to announce they have signed on to produce Seeking Mavis Beacon, directed by Jazmin Jones, a Brooklyn-based, Bay Area raised visual storyteller and thought leader, named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ‘25 New Faces of Film’ in 2021.
Mavis Beacon was the most influential Black woman in technology right up until the day she vanished. Seeking Mavis Beacon will investigate the disappearance and reimagine the legacy of a missing Black woman who helped define the digital age.
NEON will produce alongside Guetty Felin, an award-winning independent filmmaker, teacher, film curator and co-founder of the multicultural film company BelleMoon Productions; and Co-Producer Olivia McKayla Ross.
“NEON has been a perfect home for this project, said Jones. “They understood our positionality as Black femmes and share our interest in disrupting traditional documentary form. The trusting relationship we have with NEON has exceeded my expectations of the possibilities for a first time Black queer nonbinary filmmaker– it’s been a blessing,” she continued.
This year, NEON received 6-Oscar nominations for their 2021 releases FLEE, The Worst Person in the World and Spencer. Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s, FLEE made history becoming the first film to score an impressive trifecta of Oscar nominations in the categories of Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature Film. The Worst Person in The World from Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier is nominated for Original Screenplay and International Feature Film; and Kristen Stewart received a nomination for Best Actress in Pablo Larraín’s Spencer. Additional recently released films include, Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or winner, Titane and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria starring Tilda Swinton.