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Nanfu Wang, Manuel Abramovich among Sundance 2018 doc grantees

Nanfu Wang‘s Born in China, Manuel Abramovich’s Cowboy Love (pictured) and Marilyn Ness‘ Charm City are part of the 33 documentaries that comprise the latest Sundance Institute Documentary Fund and ...
November 1, 2018

Nanfu Wang‘s Born in China, Manuel Abramovich’s Cowboy Love (pictured) and Marilyn NessCharm City are part of the 33 documentaries that comprise the latest Sundance Institute Documentary Fund and Stories of Change grantees.

The grants – part of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program – are awarded for projects in development, production, post-production or at the audience engagement stage.

In all, the supported projects are comprised of directors from 17 different countries with nearly half (48%) originating from outside of the U.S, including Mexico, China, India, Denmark, Bolivia, Kenya, Sweden, Israel, Canada and Argentina.

Additionally, 81% of recipients this year have at least one woman producer or director attached to their project.

“These wildly diverse projects from around the globe encompass a staggering scope of subjects,” said HajnalMolnar-Szakacs, the Documentary Fund’s director, in a statement. “We are thrilled that our grants and tailored support opportunities can play a catalytic role across the lives of these projects, from developing creative languages to securing additional funding and finally launching the films on the world stage.”

Additional support for filmmakers comes in the form of custom grants from The Kendeda Fund, which provides specific support for projects addressing environmental themes or the challenges of gun violence; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which provides support for journalistic projects, prioritizing diverse, Native and Indigenous voices; and the Stories of Change Fund, a creative partnership with the Skoll Foundation, which supports social entrepreneurs and independent storytellers.

These Institute grantees join those supported by Science Sandbox, a collaboration with the Simons Foundation, and the Art of Nonfiction Fellowship and Fund.

The full list of Fall 2018 projects follows below. For more information on each project, click here.

DEVELOPMENT

Chocobar
Dir. Lucrecia Martel
(Argentina/U.S.)

Cowboy Love 
Dir. Manuel Abramovich
(Argentina/Mexico)

Democrats II
Dir. Camilla Nielsson
(Denmark)

Untitled Dystopia Film
Dir. Malika Zouhali-Worrall
(U.S./UK)

Gabi 
Dir. Engeli Broberg
(Sweden)

Mayor
Dir. David Osit
(U.S.)

My Mom and My Little Secret
Dir. Runze Yu
(China)

Until I Find You
Dir. Ludovic Bonleux
(Mexico/France)

PRODUCTION

Alabamaland
Dir. April Dobbins
(U.S.)

Aleph
Dir. Iva Radivojevic
(U.S./Croatia)

The Fight
Dir. Violeta Ayala
(Bolivia & Australia)

Heaven Through the Backdoor
Dir. Anna Fitch and Banker White
(U.S.)

Just a Band
Dir. Anjali Nayar, Wanuri Kahiu
(Kenya/Canada)

Outta The Muck
Dir. Ira McKinley & Bhawin Suchak
(U.S.)

Softie
Dir. Sam Soko
(Kenya)

Through the Night
Dir. Loira Limbal
(U.S.)

POST-PRODUCTION

Advocate
Dir. Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche
(Israel/Canada/Switzerland)

Born in China
Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
(U.S./China)

The Last Out
Dir. Sami Khan and Michael Gassert
(U.S.)

The Letter
Dir. Maia Lekow and Chris King
(Kenya)

AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT

Charm City
Dir. Marilyn Ness
(U.S.)

Harvest Season
Dir. Bernardo Ruiz
(U.S.)

Inventing Tomorrow
Dir. Laura Nix
(U.S.)

PRODUCTION

As Goes Parkland…
Dir. Kim A. Snyder
(U.S.)

Hollow Tree
Dir. Kira Akerman
(U.S.)

PRODUCTION

And She Could Be Next
Dir. Grace Lee, Marjan Safinia, Yoruba Richen, Amber Fares, Deborah S. Esquenazi, Geeta Gandbhir. Anayansi Prado, Ramona Emerson
(U.S.)

Untitled Puerto Rico Documentary
Dir. Cecilia Aldarondo
(U.S.)

Untitled Race & Criminal Justice Project
Dir. Ursula Liang
(U.S.)

Untitled Water Inequality in Kenya Project, scripted short
Dir. Judy Kibinge
(Kenya)

First Time Stories, feature documentary
Directors: Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya
(India)

Mystery of Epilogue, feature documentary
Dir. Feras Fayyad
(Denmark/Syria)

Untitled Government Technology Project
Prod. Kate Osborn, Josh Penn, Elizabeth Lodge Stepp
(U.S.)

The Widow Champion, short documentary
Dir. Heather Courtney
(U.S.)

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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