Dellamaggiore’s The Quiet Zone takes audiences into the town of Green Bank, West Virginia, where astronomers search for life beyond our planet. Local residents face more earthly struggles such as love and growing up in the only American town without cell phones or wifi.
Mintz’s investigative documentary, The Guardian (pictured), meanwhile, examines the complex history of court-appointed guardians in Nevada.
Other docs to win the award include Jennifer Kroot’s The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, which follows the acclaimed author on his journey from vehement conservative to a writer known for his wit; and director Katrine Philp’s In the Closed Room, in which a defense lawyer is determined to stop trained interrogators from getting American suspects to confess to crimes they did not commit.
Nearly 200 documentary film projects were submitted to the Miller /Packan Film Fund during the 2017 Winter open call. The fund awards grants totaling US$150,000 annually to between six and 10 documentary films via its Summer and Winter open calls.
“We’re moved by the quantity, quality and scope of the projects submitted,” said foundation founder Hugh Rogovy in a statement.
Photo: Image still from The Guardian’s website.