The San Francisco Film Society recently announced the winners of their 2014 Documentary Film Fund. These three filmmakers were awarded an aggregate total $75,000 in order to help push their films toward completion. So who were these lucky folks?
The SFFS Documentary Film Fund is part of their Filmmaker360 program which is meant to provide "unparalleled assistance and opportunities including grants, prizes, development assistance, and residencies for working filmmakers at all stages of their careers." Since 2009, SFFS has awarded over $1.8 million to various film projects, and between 2011 and 2013 alone the Documentary Film Fund has distributed around $300,000 to documentary filmmakers across the country. The following three winners of the 2014 Documentary Film Fund join the growing ranks that have recieved SFFS support in order to complete their projects. Let's meet the lucky three:
- Moby Longinotto (Director) and Aviva Wishnow (Producer) received $30,627 for The Joneses - "The Joneses is a portrait of Jheri, a 73-year-old transgender trailer park matriarch, who lives in bible belt Mississippi. Reconciled with her family after years of estrangement, and now living with two of her sons, Jheri embarks on a new path to reveal her true self to her grandchildren. Will their family bonds survive?"
- Jason Zeldes (Director) and Michael Klein (Producer) received $22,500 for Romeo Is Bleeding - "Donte Clark's poetic voice was honed on the violent street corners of a struggling city. Yet rather than succumb to the pressures of Richmond, CA, Clark uses his artistic perspective to save his city from itself."
- Andrew James (Director) and Sara Archambault and Katie TIbaldi (Producers) received $22,500 for Street Fighting Man - "In a new America where the promise of education, safety and shelter are in jeopardy, three Detroit men fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations."
These films were all distinguished by their "compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach" and are all currently in post-production. The funds they received from SFFS will help them wrap up the post-production phase and hopefully help them get their projects out there in front of the widest possible audience.
As the Director of the Filmmaker360 program, Michele Turnure-Salleo explained, "This round of winners has captivated us with their striking and charismatic characters, and we can’t wait to see the finished films and experience the unique and fascinating worlds their subjects inhabit."