More Sundance Institute Cinereach grantees announced

Director Alison Klayman (pictured) is among the recipients for her upcoming doc Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
June 7, 2011

The Sundance Institute and Cinereach have announced the 11 films that are this year’s recipients of the Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute grants, with three of them being documentaries.

The US$1.5 million, three-year initiative is designed to provide support for documentary and narrative features “with themes that evoke global cultural exchange and social impact” as well as projects that contain distinctive and personal storytelling. The projects selected in this spring round of grants will receive a total of $131,000 and are all at critical phases of their development.

Projects selected as Sundance Institute Cinereach grantees through the Sundance Institute Documentary Film program include Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, directed by Alison Klayman (pictured). The film, which receives a documentary film production grant, follows Chinese art star Ai Weiwei over two years as he blurs the lines between art and politics.

Two films receiving documentary film development grants are Mai Iskander’s Untitled Egyptian Film which looks at the recent political unrest in Egypt through the eyes of 22-year-old reporter Heba, and Remote Area Medical, directed by Jeff Reichert (Gerrymandering), which documents a weekend-long medical clinic in the rural U.S. South.

These projects join the previously announced doc grantees God Loves Uganda, recipient of a documentary film development grant, and If a Tree Falls, recipient of a documentary film post-production grant.

In addition to the grant awards, The Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute includes core artist support activity at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Documentary Edit & Story Lab, Composers & Documentary Lab, the Creative Producing Feature and Documentary Labs, and the Sundance Film Festival.

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