An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Lozano (pictured) has most recently served as an editorial consultant for filmmakers and media organizations while also leading the Bay Area Video Coalition’s National MediaMaker Fellowship. Previously, she held the title of exec producer for documentaries at Al Jazeera America and was a senior producer of the network’s Emmy-winning investigative series Fault Lines. Her most recent film The Ballad of Fred Hersch, a portrait of the acclaimed jazz pianist and AIDS survivor, premiered at the 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina.
The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, which was created with major support from the MacArthur Foundation, provides US$4 million in production and development grants over a four-year period to feature-length docs exploring original contemporary stories that integrate journalistic practices.
Grantees will also receive additional resources and expertise tailored to the needs of specific projects.
The fund will offer production grants of up to $100,000 and development grants of up to $15,000. The deadline for production grants is May 26, 2017. The timeline for development grants will be announced at a later date along with detailed funding criteria.
“Carrie Lozano brings a wealth of knowledge and deep experience as a documentary filmmaker, journalist, broadcast executive and mentor to filmmakers that will allow the fund to support filmmakers wrestling with the great issues of the day,” said IDA executive director Simon Kilmurry in a statement. “Documentary journalism is vital to a healthy democracy, and Carrie’s work with filmmakers will ensure that it remains central to IDA’s mission.”
“There’s no doubt that in the coming years independent storytelling and inquiry will be essential, and it’s an honor to work with our incredible community to support artists producing documentary films in the public interest,” added Lozano.