The series focuses on three Muslim-American friends from Jersey City who are accused of orchestrating a terrorist plot on American soil. The Square filmmaker previously received funding for the project through the Sundance Institute’s Episodic Story Lab.
Other projects to receive production support through the IDA’s $195,000 fund are Circles by Cassidy Friedman; Denial by Derek Hallquist; Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV by Melissa Haizlip and Samuel D. Pollard; Newtown by Kim A. Snyder; and Rodents of Unusual Size by Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer.
Remaining projects include Roll Red Roll by Nancy Schwartzman; The Bad Kids by Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe; The Return by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway; and Whose Streets? by Damon Davis and Sabaah Jordon, which was presented at the Camden International Film Festival’s Points North Pitch in September.
More than 220 applications were submitted to the fund this year. The final 10 were chosen for their “artful storytelling, strong visual style and high production values, as well as their reflection of the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz’s work,” the IDA said in a statement.
The fund was established in 2010 to honor the legacy of American documentary maker Pare Lorentz. Past grantees have included After Tiller, (T)error and No Mas Bebes.