by Hugh Hart
"Project Greenlight" begins its third season early next year, but fans can check out an equally compelling behind-the-scenes soap opera in September, when IFC debuts "Film School." The series, from "The Kid Stays in the Picture" producer Nanette Burstein, documents the Sturm und Drang as four first-time directors studying at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts struggle to raise money for their student films. "We knew we'd be making the story of the underdog," Burstein says. "We chose students with standout personalities."
Tisch alumni Oliver Stone, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese and "Monster's Ball" director Marc Forster make cameo appearances, but the real stars are unknowns like 24-year-old Bay Area native Leah Meyerhoff, who tries to make her autobiographical feature in Oakland after casting her own mother to play ... her mother.
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