Documentaries by directors Dawn Porter (pictured), Peter Nicks and Cynthia Wade are among seven projects to receive grants from the Catapult Film Fund’s fall 2013 development program.
The fund provides development grants to U.S. filmmakers during a doc’s early stages and has awarded more than US$700,000 to 37 films since launching in 2010. The number of proposals received for fall 2013 nearly doubled since last spring, with 465 sent in for the fund’s sixth round.
In addition to the grants, the recipients will have access to informal mentorship from Catapult founders Bonni Cohen and Lisa Kleiner Chanoff.
Among the grantees are Dawn Porter for Trapped, which follows abortion clinics in the American South as they attempt to stay open in the face of hostile politics and increasing legal restrictions; Peter Nicks for O.P.D. (working title), which follows the Oakland police force and is the second in a series of docs about the city; and Cynthia Wade for Mudflow, a doc about a toxic mud flow in Indonesia that is one of the world’s largest man-made disasters.
Francisco Bello’s true crime doc The Murder and the Journalists revisits the case of Jeffrey MacDonald, a man convicted in the brutal triple homicide of his pregnant wife and daughters and the celebrity journalists that covered it.
In A Very Cold War, director May Abdalla about entrepreneurs, governments and scientists vying for control of the Arctic. Vaishali Sinha’s Ask The Sexpert (working title) is about a popular sex column in an Indian newspaper; and Heidi Ewing’s The Arrivals profiles two young gay men who leave Mexico and travel to the U.S. so they can live openly.