San Francisco Film Society names three doc grantees

Three grantees, including The Babushkas of Chernobyl (pictured), are to share the SFFS Documentary Film Fund award, which totals US$100,000.
July 25, 2013

Three grantees, including The Babushkas of Chernobyl (pictured), are to share the SFFS Documentary Film Fund award, which totals US$100,000.

The film fund, which aims to support feature-length docs with great stories, characters and an innovative visual approach, grantspost-production funding, and selected the three projects out of a pool of 13 finalists.

Anne Bogart and Holly Morris’ The Babushkas of Chernobyl received $40,000. Their film looks at the group of women who live and thrive in Chernobyl’s post-nuclear disaster “dead zone.”

Meanwhile, Jamie Meltzer’s Freedom Fighters received $20,000, and details the fight of a detective agency in Texas made up of exonerated men who spent decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. They have begun working on their first cases.

Finally, Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber claimed $40,000 for Tomorrow We Disappear, a doc about a group of magicians, acrobats and puppeteers living in Delhi’s Kathputli colony who band together to fight the sale of their homes by real estate developers.

Previous grantees include Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson’s American Promise, which won the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize in the U.S. documentary category this year; and Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer, which won Sundance’s U.S. Directing Award for documentary.

“These three projects exhibit exactly the kind of compelling storytelling and creative approach to their subjects that the Doc Film Fund was created to support, and I can’t wait to see the finished products,” said Ted Hope, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society.

“Our deepest thanks go to Sharon and Larry Malcomson, whose inspiring patronage has truly lifted up our documentary focused initiatives and put the Film Society on the map as an important champion of non-fiction filmmaking with a tangible national impact.”

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