Introducing the HV Film Incubator

It’s not every week we have something truly groundbreaking to share at HieronyVision. This week, we are excited to announce our newest project, the HV Film Incubator. Through this initiative, HV will help develop, produce, market and distribute the debut feature films of two young directors. The program grew out of the inaugural group of 30×30 contest winners and finalists. As we got to know these emerging filmmakers through our Artist Member events and outreach, we were inspired by their passion and talent. From this group, we selected Alis Lopez and Eden De Jesus for the Film Incubator program.

Alis Lopez

Eden De Jesus

Alis Lopez is a Mexican-American filmmaker, artist, and sound designer based in San Francisco. She began making experimental films at San Francisco State University. Although her interest in film traces back to her childhood, she initially approached filmmaking as a way to exorcise her anxieties and connect with others. Her work is characterized by a strong connection to dreams, omens, and symbols. Alis counts the works of Federico Fellini and Alejandro Jodorowsky among her film influences.

Eden De Jesus is a Chicago-based filmmaker and recent New York University graduate. He first came to filmmaking while enrolled as an art student at Parsons. After leaving Parsons to pursue a career as a fine artist, Eden decided to dedicate himself to filmmaking at the prestigious Tisch School at NYU, where he made nearly as dozen shorts. His thesis film, Mamey, tells the story of two Puerto Rican brothers who attempt to rob their cousins. Although influenced by directors like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, Eden has a cinematic nostalgia for the battered VHS tapes he grew up watching.

For more about more the projects, follow both Alis and Eden on social media. And don’t forget to follow us and check the site regularly for updates!

About the HV Film Incubator

Through the HV Film Incubator, both Alis and Eden will make their first feature films. The projects will be made for an undisclosed budget that’s almost certainly lower than any number you’re imagining right now. In collaboration with HV, the filmmakers will develop, produce, distribute and market these feature-length projects. The filmmakers will shoot their individual projects in their respective cities of San Francisco and Chicago in early 2024. HV and the filmmakers will periodically release updates about the projects on social media and other platforms.

HV plans to continue the Film Incubator program beyond this first group of filmmakers. While there is no application process for the Film Incubator, candidates will be chosen from current Artist Members. The Film Incubator alums and HV Team will be all be part of the selection committee for future honorees. Until then, we are thrilled to be working with Alis and Eden to help realize their artistic visions!