MFA Candidate Leah Chen Baker Named Producers Lab Fellow By Sundance Institute

Friday, Jul 29, 2022

Leah Chen Baker (cred: IMDB)

Leah Chen Baker (cred: IMDB)

The Sundance Institute named MFA candidate Leah Chen Baker a Producing Fellow of their 2022 Producers Lab.

Leah, who is also a Mark Silverman Honoree, will take her project The President’s Cake, written and directed by MFA candidate Hasan Hadi, into the fellowship’s Feature Film Program.

"Overjoyed to be included with this incredible group as a Producing Fellow and beyond honored to be a Mark Silverman Honoree,” said Leah. “I'm super excited for the next steps and extremely grateful to Sundance Institute for their continued support for THE PRESIDENT'S CAKE and to writer/director Hasan Hadi for the amazing partnership. Very special thanks to Michelle Satter, Ilyse McKimmie, Shira Rockowitz, Lauren Lukow, Debbie Reinisch and my collaborators and mentors that have made this dream possible!"

The President’s Cake synopsis: While people struggle daily to survive under sanctions in Saddam’s Iraq, nine-year-old Saeed must use his wits to gather ingredients for the mandatory cake to celebrate President Saddam Hussein’s birthday or face the consequences – prison or death.

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