Tribeca ’13: Catapult Film Fund names six grantees

Founded in 2010, the fund provides development grants to American documentary filmmakers at the early stages, when funding is difficult to secure.
April 23, 2013

With two of its previous grantees appearing at this year’s edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, the Catapult Film Fund has announced six new grantees.

Catapult Film Fund provides development grants to American documentary filmmakers at the early stages, when funding is difficult to secure.

Grantees include Diamond, Silver and Gold, from director Jason Kohn, which aims to document the race to produce the first synthetic life-form, weaving it together with a look at the budding industry of manufactured synthetic diamonds; and FINDING 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World, from director Joshua Zeman, which sets out to find the elusive 52-Herz Whale, which scientists think has spent its life in solitude.

Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York’s Hello, I Have Cancer is a mixed media documentary project on comedian Tig Notaro, whose career ignites following a legendary set she performs days after being diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer; Ivy Meeropol’s Indian Point looks at domestic nuclear energy generation from the inside; while Kristi Jacobson’s Out of Mind explores solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system.

Also receiving a grant is Shimon Dotan’s The Settlers, on the Israeli settlement enterprise in the West Bank.

Since its launch in 2010, Catapult has supported 30 projects and committed over US$500,000 to filmmakers. Previous grantees include Freida Mock’s Anita, Call Me Kuchu, The Genius of Marian and The Kill Team.

“We are so proud of the remarkable films we supported early on that are now making their way into the world,” said Catapult Film Fund co-founder Lisa Kleiner Chanoff. “Look no further than the Tribeca Film Festival this week where two of our early grant recipients introduced their completed films to acclaim.”

“We seek out creative, artful, compelling and innovative storytelling,” said co-founder Bonni Cohen. “And in this new round we have the opportunity to give a boost to a range of films, from individual portraits to stories with global implications.”

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