Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber‘s Peace Officer and Greg Whiteley‘s Most Likely to Succeed are among four films selected to receive funding from the inaugural AFI Docs/NBCUniversal Impact Grants initiative.
The grants, totaling US$75,000, were awarded to projects that “demonstrated their ability to leverage distribution in 2015,” and will assist in outreach and social action campaigns for the four projects that took part in this summer’s inaugural AFI Docs Impact Lab.
The two-day filmmaker lab, which was led by Picture Motion president Heidi Nel in Washington DC, introduced doc-makers to policymakers in order to address a range of issues, from civil rights and racial justice to the refugee crisis.
Grantees include Peace Officer – which airs on PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’ on May 9, 2016 – about the militarization of police in Utah, told through the lens of former sheriff William “Dub” Lawrence; Most Likely to Succeed, on experimental U.S. schools looking to change the American education system; Blair Foster and Geeta Gandbhir’s The Conversation, a series of short films addressing racial equality in the U.S., which took home the audience award for documentary shorts at AFI Docs; and Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci’s Salam Neighbor, an in-depth look at the humanitarian crisis within a Jordanian refugee camp.
In addition to providing projects with financial support, AFI Docs and Picture Motion have partnered with the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) at American University and CMSI co-director Caty Borum Chattoo to publish a final report documenting the social impact of the grantee films.