Director Christine Yoo’s 26.2 to Life: The San Quentin Prison Marathon and Holly Morris’ Exposure are among the recipients of The Rogovy Foundation’s Winter 2018 Miller/Packan Documentary Film Fund award.
Yoo’s 26.2 to Life: The San Quentin Prison Marathon (pictured) takes audiences inside the California State Prison’s 1000 Mile Club — a prison running group whose incarcerated members train for a 105-lap race around a dirt and concrete path that loops the prison’s crowded lower yard.
Meanwhile, Exposure from Morris will chart the expedition of 12 women attempting to reach the North Pole while navigating ice fissures, polar bears and -40 degree temperatures.
Additional films granted funding from The Rogovy Foundation are Sara Terry’s That’s How We Roll, which delves into mobile home parks across the U.S. to examine America’s expanding affordable housing crisis and the conglomeration of park ownership; and Lucia Small’s Against Goliath, which, shot over four years, spotlights the Newton South High School Public Forum Debate team as they learn to become better debaters in a world dominated by males, while confronting bias head on.
More than 200 documentary projects were submitted for grant consideration during the 2018 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.
Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2018 open call, which ends May 15.
“We continue to be impressed by the diversity of topics that find a voice within a feature-length documentary,” said foundation founder Hugh Rogovy in a statement.
“Documentaries continue to be a highly effective medium for informing the public. They influence us both emotionally and intellectually,” added Asher Rogovy, foundation VP.
The Rogovy Foundation’s Miller/Packan Doucmentary Film Fund Award was created in honor of educators Sally Miller and Mae Packan. It aims to support documentaries that perpetuate the idealism and critical thinking the pair brought to their students.