JuntoBox Names Forest Whitaker Co-Chair

Santa Monica-based startup JuntoBox, a new startup social community focused on independent filmmakers, said today that it has named actor, producer, and director Forest Whitaker as its co-chair. The startup--which is headed by Rachael McLean and Megan Westerby--is looking to create an online site which helps independent filmmakers shape their projects, and collaborate with users to create films. The startup said it is looking to provide a total of $2.5M in financing to five films this year. Whitaker is prominently featured in the introduction to the site, and the company said that he will play an active role in selecting, producing and marketing the films chosen on the site, with assistance from his production firm, Significant Productions.