Sundance Institute and Cinereach have announced the recipients of the Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute grants toward development, production or post production. The $1.5 million, three-year initiative supports documentary and feature films with global cultural and social impact themes as well as projects that represent emerging and innovative voices.
In addition to the grants that go out through the program, The Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute also includes an artist support activity through various Sundance labs such as the Directors Lab, Documentary Edit and Story Lab, Composers and Documentary Lab and the Sundance Film Festival.
Eleven projects were selected to receive grants. The projects selected through the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program include a doc looking into the personal stories behind the BP oil spill by Margaret Brown and a verite doc by Lauren Greenfield looking at an American family struggling with the financial crisis.
‘The unique partnership between Sundance Institute and Cinereach enables a deeper support of innovative independent film,’ says Keri Putnam, executive director of the Sundance Institute. ‘The initiative is an extension of the ongoing support provided by the Sundance Institute through our Labs and funding opportunities, dedicated to nurturing artists’ individual voices. We’re thrilled to be working with Cinereach to support these eleven documentary and narrative feature film projects at critical stages in their development.’
Other projects at various stages of development selected for grants through the feature film program include Yelling to the Sky by writer-director Victoria Mahoney; Here from director Braden King; On the Ice by writer-director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean; Postcards from the Zoo by writer-directing team Edwin and Daud Sumolang; The Ruined Cast by writer-director Dash Shaw‘ and The Arizona Project(w/t) directed by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini.
Projects previously selected and announced as Sundance Institute Cinereach Grantees through the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program in December 2009 include 25 to Life by Mike Brown; The Fire This Time by Blair Doroshwalther and Gasland by Josh Fox.