Thirteen feature doc finalists are vying for grants from the San Francisco Film Society Documentary Film Fund, including Evolution of a Criminal, The Babushkas of Chernobyl (pictured) and Art and Craft.
The fund, which supports feature-length documentaries in the post-production stage that have intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach, will distribute US$100,000 among the winners, who will be named in late July.
The finalists include John Fiege’s Above All Else, a doc about a man’s struggle to protects his family from the Keystone XL pipeline; Jennifer Grausman’s Art and Craft, about on a prolific art forger; Anne Bogart and Holly Morris’s The Babushkas of Chernobyl, about a group of women who’ve thrived in a post-nuclear disaster zone; and Darius Clark Monroe’s Evolution of a Criminal, the story of the filmmaker’s return home, 10 years after robbing a bank.
Other documentaries include Catherine Gund’s How to Become an Extreme Action Hero, Geeta Patel’s One in a Billion, Hillevi Loven’s Radical Love, Jamie Meltzer’s Freedom Fighters, and Andrew James’s Street Fighting Man.
The full list of finalists and descriptions of their docs can be found here.
Previous DFF winners include Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer, Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson’s American Promise, and Shaul Schwarz’s Narco Cultura.
“The Doc Film Fund is a perfect example of SFFS’s work to provide critical backing to important films, giving their makers the ability to tell their stories completely free of market concerns and those kinds of pressures,” said Ted Hope, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society.
“Without the tireless efforts of our Filmmaker360 staff and the inspiring and forward-thinking patronage of the funders that make our grant programs possible, I truly believe this art form we all love would be in jeopardy,” he added. “It’s deeply satisfying to be part of this community of like-minded organizations in the business of non-profit artist support all working together to get the best new films made, seen and appreciated.”