Genres Video, Film & Radio

Frenemies

Martinelli, Mirella

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

Frenemies is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the close yet conflicted relationship between the United States and Cuba from 1950 to 2020. How much longer can this small Caribbean island survive the longest embargo in history? Read More

Hayden & Her Family

May May Tchao

Year Grant Awarded: 2017

Why do the Currys adopt five special-needs children from overseas while having seven healthy ones of their own? This film gives an intimate, nuanced look into the Curry’s adoption journey — their struggles, unique parenting philosophy and their humanity. Read More

Orchestrating Change

Me2/Orchestra, Inc.

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

Orchestrating Change is the feature documentary that tells the inspiring story of the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness. Read More

Sacrifice Zones

Media Project

Year Grant Awarded: 2015

Sacrifice Zones, a one-hour radio documentary, investigates the push to turn the Pacific Northwest into a fossil fuel export hub and tracks opposition to these proposals from broad segments of the community. Read More

IN HER SHOES

Media Projects Inc.

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

IN HERS SHOES is a documentary about Dallas County female inmates participating in an innovative art and writing course where they reflect on where they have been, where they are, and where they hope to go through their relationship with shoes and the long, winding paths they have traveled with them Read More

Small Town, Turn Away

Medina, Dolissa

Year Grant Awarded: 2019

A documentary portrait of the filmmaker’s Mexican-American border hometown of Brownsville, Texas 30 years after she left as a queer teenager, following in the footsteps of a cousin who died from AIDS. Meditating on home, history and migration, the director explores how place can exile and embrace. Read More

The Loneliest

Mehrel, Lilian

Year Grant Awarded: 2015

Go 'behind-the-scenes' of British nature show Ocean Discovery in this comic mockumentary short film: Violet (a wry camera-girl) Ingrid (a passionate marine biologist) look for the loneliest whale (with a voice too high for other whales to hear.) Read More

Direct Route

Minty, Pam

Year Grant Awarded: 2015

Direct Route ​observes a blind woman navigating her domestic surroundings, presented alongside landscape images and the retelling of memories prior to losing her vision. Read More

Young Adult

Narrative Films

Year Grant Awarded: 2017

Striving to increase the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Hollywood, the short film YOUNG ADULT partners actors with disabilities with fellows from the American Film Institute to tell the story of two teenagers with Cerebral palsy who experience first love on the last night of summer camp. Read More

Incorrigibles

New York Foundation of the Arts

Year Grant Awarded: 2017

This transmedia project tells the stories of ‘incorrigible’ girls in the US over the last 100 years - beginning with NY State. Drawing on the personal narratives of young women in “the system” the work investigates the history and present state of juvenile justice and social service for girls. Read More

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