Documentaries from The Battered Bastards of Baseball directors Chapman Way and Maclain Way and Censored Voices helmer Mor Loushy are among 11 projects that have been selected for spring development grants from the Catapult Film Fund.
The San Francisco-headquartered organization – which has two funding cycles per year – provides crucial early support to films through development grants for documentarians who have secured access to their stories and are ready to shoot and edit material for production fundraising. Recent docs supported by Catapult include Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York‘s Tig and Ivy Meeropol’s Indian Point.
Grantees from the most recent spring funding round include an untitled project from Chapman Way and Maclain Way focusing on “religious minority groups, wealth, free-love, liberal tolerance, and the fragility of American institutions,” as well as Mor Loushy and co-director Daniel Sivan’s The Oslo Diaries, which goes behind-the-scenes of the peace-focused Oslo Accords between Palestine and Israel.
Remaining projects include Adam Isenberg’s Caring for Kathryn, which follows the turbulent family life of a New Yorker with late-stage ALS; Marilyn Ness’ Charm City, on an embattled Baltimore community; Rati Oneli’s The City of the Sun, about residents in a half-deserted Georgian ghost town in the former Soviet Union; and Davy Rothbart’s Emmanuel, which follows three siblings in inner-city Washington DC over the course of 15 years.
Additional projects are Eddie Rosenstein’s Freedom to Marry, about the final months of the same-sex marriage movement; Marco Williams’ Murders That Matter, on initiatives by Philadelphia’s Temple University Hospital to combat violence in a violent neighborhood; Luke Griswold-Tergis’ Pleistocene Park, about an environmental project by Russian scientist Sergey Zimov; Todd McGrain’s Rue des Elephants, on two critical years for a wild herd of Central African elephants; and an untitled Ethiopian war crimes film from Daniel Junge and Sean J. S. Jourdan that traces the story of an alleged Red Terror prison guard accused of committing various crimes before immigrating to the U.S.
In other news, Catapult has begun to pilot consulting grants that provide filmmakers with consulting support from veteran producers, distributors and legal advisors. Elsewhere, the organization’s ‘momentum grants’ serve as an “infusion of funds” at crucial intersections in the production and post-production process.
“We continue to look for meaningful ways to help the projects we support in development make it to completion,” said Catapult co-founder Lisa Kleiner in a statement. “We have found that additional funds, such as momentum grants and consultation grants, at crucial moments in the process, can have a great deal of impact.”
The organization’s summer funding round is now open, with submissions being accepted until August 21. Click here for more information.