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Wiseman, Maysles among Sundance doc grantees

Films by Frederick Wiseman, Al Maysles and Cynthia Hill are among the 23 docs selected to receive support from the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program. (Pictured: Dea Cooper and Zackary Canepari's T-REX)
January 20, 2015

The Sundance Institute has chosen 23 documentaries – including projects by Frederick Wiseman, Al Maysles and Cynthia Hill – to support as part of its Documentary Film Program.

The grants are awarded for projects in development, production, post-production or at the audience engagement stage. This year’s recipients were chosen from a pool of 881 applications and include directors based in China, Syria, Russia, Kenya, Pakistan, Israel, the UK and the U.S.

In response to gaps in documentary funding, organizers have also decided to expand the types of docs the program supports to include “artful and cinematic non-fiction filmmaking” in addition to films springing from “contemporary stories of meaning and moral purpose.”

In addition, the Sundance Documentary Fund is experimenting with moving from two set annual deadlines to a limited rolling open call in 2015. The idea is to free directors to submit applications when their film is ready to share while allowing the Fund to grant decisions more quickly.

Check out the full list of Fall 2014 projects below:

Development
Aquarela (Victor Kossakovsky)
Fathers & Sons – The Legacy of War (Talal Derki)
HAPPENING. (James Redford)
In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman)
Samuel’s Truth (Peter Murimi)
Survivors (Arthur Pratt, Banker White, Anna Fitch)

Production
Beitar (Maya Zinshtein)
The Evidence of Things Not Seen (Ja’Tovia Gary)
Foreigners For Sale (David Borenstein)
Little Berlin Wall (Toma Chagelishvili)
Memories of a Penitent Heart (Cecilia Aldarondo)
Through You Princess (Ido Haar)
Untitled Black Rock High School Documentary (Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe)

Post-production
Among the Believers (Hemal Trivedi, Mohammed Ali Naqvi)
Chuck Norris vs. Communism (Ilinca Calugareanu)
The Road From Hainan (Nanfu Wang)
The Hard Stop (George Amponsah)
In Transit (Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu)
The Last Go Round (Justin Schein)
Like Ants for Sugar (Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya)
Swing Low (Javid Soriano)
T-REX (Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari) (pictured above)
The Yes Men are Revolting (Laura Nix, The Yes Men)

Audience Engagement
Citizenfour (Laura Poitras)
Enter the Faun (Tamar Rogoff, Daisy Wright)
The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer )
Private Violence (Cynthia Hill)
Watchers of the Sky (Edet Belzberg)

About The Author
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.

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