For film fans around the world, Roger Ebert is forever famous for the trademarked phrase “Two thumbs up.” But for many nonprofits in Chicago, the local legend also represents new opportunities.
We rarely see an industry insider start a foundation to bring industry jobs to his respective corner of the country. Then again, there's nothing conventional about George R. R. Martin.
Giving to promote diversity has lately been gaining steam. Recently, the biggest donors in this space, George Lucas and his partner Mellody Hobson, stepped up again.
Founded by Martin Scorsese, the Film Foundation expands its World Cinema Project to locate, restore, and preserve films made on the African continent. Time is of the essence: More than half of all films made before 1950 are irrevocably lost.
Philanthropy continues to transform small college towns into nationally acclaimed arts desinations. We dig into an intriguing set of gifts to endow initiatives within Indiana University's cinema program.
The Oscar nominees are finally more diverse this year. And within the film industry itself, one power couple is taking a stand on diversity, and putting up new funding, too: Will and Jada Smith.
Last year the foundation announced it would cease direct support for documentary filmmakers. A new project suggests MacArthur will embrace a strategy of more projects, but with less individual funding.
Donnelley has been making a splash on the film grantmaking scene in Chicago and the land preservation scene in the South Carolina Low Country. Let's look at how 2016 played out between the two locations.
Given donors' widespread infatuation with "visual storytelling," perhaps it was inevitable that $3 million would flow to an arts high school for work in this area.
An anonymous donor gives $10 million to a new program focused on the emerging field of "entertainment training." What's that all about?
More funders are getting excited by "storytelling," but it especially makes sense that a place like the Sundance Institute would be embracing this idea in its grantmaking.