The makers of Cutie and the Boxer, The End of Time and Evaporating Borders are among seven recipients of London-based studio Pulse Films and funder Britdoc’s Genesis Fund grant.
Announced last year, the fund awards ten £5,000 (US$6,500) grants to filmmakers with artful and experimental non-fiction projects in the early stages of development.
The latest grantees are Aleph by Iva Radivojevic (Evaporating Borders); the essay film Becoming Animal by Emma Davie (I Am Breathing) and Peter Mettler (The End of Time); Crater by Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino; The Evidence of Things Not Seen by Ja’Tovia Gary; Place of Omnipresence by Zhao Liang (Behemoth); the archival project Riotsville by Sierra Pettengill (producer of Cutie and the Boxer); and Shirkers by Sandi Tan.
The fund’s inaugural recipient was Field Niggas filmmaker Khalik Allah for his upcoming doc feature Jamaica.
Descriptions for each project are below, provided by Pulse and Britdoc. Read realscreen’s feature on financing for artful non-fiction from the March/April 2016 issue here.
Iva Radivojevic (Serbia)
Aleph is a magical cinematic journey through a labyrinth of ten countries and ten different characters. The collected stories serve as pieces of a philosophical puzzle that lead us to Aleph, the center of life.
Emma Davie & Peter Mettler (Scotland/Canada)
A sensuous exploration into our animal being. Together with cult philosopher and writer David Abram, we travel to the Grand Teton National Park in America to explore what has made our sensory relationship with what he calls the “more than human” world, change.
Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino (Italy)
A live drama observing a people rebelling through music. The crater is a space suspended between a city and a volcano, a serenade in the night, a stage name, songs in hospitals, the meek fighting back. The crater is a constellation, bright yet invisible.
The Evidence of Things Not Seen
Ja’Tovia Gary (U.S.)
A troubled young artist goes through the looking glass and discovers trans-generational trauma and mental illness throughout her family tree. But the return journey with her new, adjusted perspective offers opportunity for enriched relationships and, possibly, a more serene future.
Place of Omnipresence
Zhao Liang (China)
In a small town in China’s Northeasterly region close to the North Korean border, government monitors watch over every corner of the city. Scattered recordings are stitched together revealing the narrative of an unbelievable conspiracy.
Sierra Pettengill (U.S.)
An archival documentary about the U.S. Army’s response to the riots of the late 1960s: take a military base, build a mock inner city set, have soldiers play the rioters, burn the place down, and film it all.
Sandi Tan (Singapore)
In 1992, Georges Cardona shot Singapore’s first indie road movie with a group of female teenage film buffs, including director Sandi Tan. When shooting wrapped, Cardona stole all the footage, and with it, hopes and dreams. Nearly 20 years later, the 16mm film canisters are discovered in storage in New Orleans.