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Extra: AFI Doc Impact Lab recipients revealed; CuriosityStream, VRV team

AFI Doc Impact Lab recipients revealed The American Film Institute and NBCUniversal have awarded US$75,000 in funding to four documentary films that screened at the 2017 AFI Docs film festival. Now in ...
November 21, 2017

AFI Doc Impact Lab recipients revealed

The American Film Institute and NBCUniversal have awarded US$75,000 in funding to four documentary films that screened at the 2017 AFI Docs film festival.

Now in its third year, the AFI/NBCUniversal Impact Grants program allocates funds to the outreach and social action campaigns of critical doc projects that participated in the AFI Docs Impact Lab, a two-day filmmaker workshop produced by The Raben Group and sponsored by NBCUniversal.

The four projects supported by the grant are Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest’s For Ahkeem (pictured), following a young St. Louis woman struggling to make it to graduation after an unexpected pregnancy; Laura Checkoway’s Edith + Eddie, documenting an interracial couple who found love in their mid-90s; Peter Nicks’ The Force, which examines the complex relationship between the police and citizens; and Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir’s I Am Evidence, examining why thousands of untested sexual assault evidence kits languish in storage facilities across America.

The 16th edition of AFI Docs will take place from June 13 to 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

CuriosityStream to bring content to VRV

Documentary-focused SVOD platform CuriosityStream has partnered with aggregation platform VRV to bring documentary features and series to its lineup of SVOD channels.

Subscribers to VRV’s premium offering will have immediate access to CuriosityStream’s content, including the Emmy-winning Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places, David Attenborough’s Light on Earth, Deep Time History and The Celts: Blood, Iron & Sacrifice.

VRV’s Premium offering is available for US$9.99 per month, or as a stand-alone offering for $5.99 per month.

Prime, MBC ink major package deal

LA-based producer and distributor Prime Entertainment Group has penned a major distribution package with the Mauritius Broadcasting Company (MBC) that will see more than 160 hours of programming heading to the African island nation.

Anchoring the slate will be celebrity portraits series Close Up (91 x 26 minutes); Hollywood’s Best Film Directors (60 x 30); Ultimate Countdown (15 x 45); Hollywood News Feed (100 x 15); Hollywood on Set (104 x 26); and Travel and Discovery’s Ulysses’ Last Journey (3 x 52).

Prime Entertainment Group has previously sent its catalog to the African territory on such channels as ETV in South Africa, Kwese, M-Net, NBCUniversal Africa and RTI in Ivory Coast.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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