Hyde’s first feature gets special treatment

CLAIRE CONNELLY, IFP board president, is producer of Josh Hyde’s debut feature “Postales,” which was one of 10 films selected to participate in IFP Narrative Film Lab’s week-long incubator earlier this month in New York.

The Film Lab is designed for first-time feature directors with films budgeted under $1 million. When finished, “Postales” will screen during Indie Film Week in New York in September.

“Postales” is about an American businessman and his family whose lives become intertwined with a struggling local family in Peru. It’s based on the same story as Hyde’s short film “Chicle,” which won best local short at the 2005 Chicago International Film Festival.

Hyde and cinematographer Dan Fischer head Lo Fu Productions. Connelly is producing with Fischer, Maxim Holland and PJ Fishwick. Hyde is editing with Evan Smith.

Connelly is also working as coordinator on the first season of a reality TV show shooting here that features Julianna and Bill Rancic of “The Apprentice” fame.