Porter, Ramas among Women In Film grantees

Spies of Mississippi, from filmmaker Dawn Porter (pictured), is one of four documentaries to receive a grant from the Women In Film Foundation's annual Finishing Fund.
August 30, 2013

The Women In Film Foundation has named the recipients of its 28th annual Film Finishing Fund grant program.

This year’s documentary winners are director-producer Dawn Porter (pictured), for Spies of Mississippi, which is about the U.S. state’s efforts to undermine the Civil Rights Movement using a network of  black and white spies; and director-producer Julianna Brannum, for  LaDonna Harris: Indian 101, which is about the Comanche activist.

Also receiving grants are director Nadine Licostie for The Last One, which is about a quest to sew an AIDS memorial quilt; and co-directors Maria Ramas and Kate Johnson, for Mia, A Dancer’s Odyssey, which is about the life of celebrated 20th Century ballerina Mia Slavenska.

“There was a real diversity of subjects explored in this year’s entries,” said co-chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone in a joint statement. “The global status of women and the rights of minorities are consistent themes, but this year we saw many more topics as well.”

Of more than 113 films were submitted this year, 40 were documentary features and 24 were documentary shorts.

The Film Finishing Fund provides cash grants and in-kind production services to complete feature and short-form narrative and documentary works-in-progress that are by, for or about women.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.