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“San Quentin Prison Marathon,” “Exposure” win Rogovy funding

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: ...
February 9, 2018

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 studenets.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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