Director Mathew Ramirez Warren’s Weed Dreams and Cheryl Horner McDonough‘s Parkland are among the recipients of The Rogovy Foundation’s Summer 2019 Miller/Packan Documentary Film Fund Award.
Ramirez Warren’s Weed Dreams (pictured) documents Oakland’s adoption of a Cannabis Equity Program, an ambitious attempt to address racial inequality and rectify the injustices of the war on drugs, in light of California’s legalization of recreational cannabis sales.
Meanwhile, Horner McDonough’s Parkland follows Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and families who became leaders of a national movement for gun reform following a mass shooting in February 2018 that left 17 dead.
Additional films granted funding from The Rogovy Foundation are David Byars’ Our Land, which documents the attempts of powerful organizations to privatize the 640 million acres of America’s Public Lands; Kristen Irving-Jordan’s True Believer, chronicling how a religion was hijacked for political gain; Kurt Norton’s Sorted or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Save the World, about a young Bangladeshi woman who takes her uncertain future into her own hands to change the destiny of her family, her country and the planet; and Rick Goldsmith‘s Stripped for Parts: American Journalism at the Crossroads, which follows the plight of America’s news media and its struggle for resources.
The Miller/Packan Documentary Film Fund awards grants totaling US$200,000 annually through its Summer and Winter open calls.
Applications are now being accepted for the Winter 2019 Open Call, ending Nov. 15. Click here for further information.
“Once again we’re overwhelmed by the outstanding projects independent doc filmmakers are producing,” said Rogovy Foundation founder Hugh Rogovy in a statement. “We’re pleased to announce this summer’s winners, and look forward to the impact they will achieve.”
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.