Porter, Wade among Chicken & Egg follow-up grantees

Films by Dawn Porter (pictured), Cynthia Wade and Ramona Diaz are among 23 documentaries that will receive follow-up grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures.
June 24, 2014

Films by Dawn Porter (pictured), Cynthia Wade and Ramona Diaz are among 23 documentaries that will receive follow-up grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures.

The films selected for follow-up funds include Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander’s Mudflow, about a giant toxic mudflow in Indonesia believed to be caused by poorly executed natural gas drilling; and Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway’s The Return, about a historic shift in criminal sentencing and mass incarceration.

Meanwhile, Dawn Porter’s Trapped and Ramona Diaz’s The Bill are among a series of films focused on reproductive health and justice.

Chicken & Egg Pictures has also announced its 2014 Open Call for new projects. The deadline to apply is July 1.

“In anticipation of Chicken & Egg Pictures’ upcoming 10th anniversary, we are prioritizing projects that feature women and girls on screen as prominent characters and storytellers,” said executive director Jenni Wolfson in a statement. “We look forward to discovering new voices that continue to address the global justice, human rights, and environmental issues of our time – with women and girls at the center.”

Last year, the U.S.-based non-profit, which is dedicated to supporting the efforts of female non-fiction filmmakers, awarded more than US$220,000 in grants to 23 feature-length documentaries as part of its 2013 Open Call.

To date, the organization has awarded more than $3.3 million to more than 160 film projects and has provided filmmakers with more than 5,000 hours of mentoring.

The full list of follow-up grantees is as follows:


Among the Believers (Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Naqvi)
The Babushkas of Chernobyl (Holly Morris and Anne Bogart)
Baltimore in Black and White (Mary Posatko and Emily Topper)
The Bill (Ramona Diaz)
The Blind Cinema Club (Jennifer Redfearn)
Driving with Selvi (Elisa Paloschi)
In the Middle (Lorena Luciano)
MATCH+: Love in the Time of HIV (Ann Kim and Priya Giri Desai)
Mudflow (Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander)
The Return (Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway)
Speed Sisters (Amber Fares)
(T)ERROR (Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe)
They Are All My Brothers (Nicole Opper)
Trapped (Dawn Porter)

Mentorship & Travel Grants 

Always in Season (Jacqueline Olive)
Catching the Sun (Shalini Kantayya)
Cocaine Prison (Violeta Ayala)
Democrats (Camilla Nielsson)
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (Deborah Esquenazi)
Sonita Means a Traveling Swallow (Rokhsareh Ghammaghami)
When Buddha Comes to Africa (Nicole Schafer)
When Two Worlds Collide (Heidi Brandenburg and Matthew Orzel)
Yula’s Dream (Hanna Polak)

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.