Lucy Walker’s The Crash Reel (pictured) and Mark Grieco’s Marmato are among 19 documentaries that have received grants from private film foundation the Fledgling Fund.
The annual grants are awarded to films that evoke audience engagement and social change, and go towards everything from outreach programs around a documentary to screening tours in smaller communities.
Recent grantees include Brave Miss World, which received an Emmy nomination for exceptional merit in doc filmmaking last week, and The Square, which is also up for a number of Emmy awards, including outstanding documentary, picture editing and directing.
This year’s film and creative media grantees include Nadine Pequeneza’s 15 to Life, Jeremy and Randy Stulberg’s Broken Heart Land, Lee Hirsch’s The Bully Project, Walker’s The Crash Reel, Kim Longinotto’s The Dreamcatchers, Tamar Rogoff and Daisy Wright’s Enter the Faun, Dawn Porter’s Gideon’s Army Outreach for Justice, and Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s In My Father’s House.
Other grantees include Tim Matsui’s Leaving the Life, Grieco’s Marmato, Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s The Mask You Live In, Kate Davis and David Heilbroner’s The Newburgh Sting, Farihah Zaman and Jeff Reichert’s Remote Area Medical, Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s Rich Hill, Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz’s Seed: The Untold Story, Yance Ford’s Strong Island, Stephanie Wang-Breal’s Tough Love, Gini Reticker’s The Trials of Spring, and Orlando von Einsiedel’s Virunga.
Meanwhile, the fund’s fieldbuilding grants – set aside for programs, festivals and events that advance the social issue documentary field - have gone to Washington DC festival AFI Docs, the Camden International Film Festival’s “Aging in Maine” screening tour, Mexican documentary festival Ambulante, the Firelight Media Producers Lab, and Working Films’ Reel Power doc project.