The San Francisco-headquartered organization – which has two funding cycles per year – provides early support to films through development grants for documentarians who have secured access to their stories and are ready to shoot and edit material for production fundraising. Recent docs supported by Catapult include Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan’s The Oslo Diaries, and Marilyn Ness‘s Charm City.
Grantees from the most-recent funding round were selected from more than 400 applications. The 11 film projects chosen include Yang Sun’s Ma Liang’s Time Machine (pictured), which sees Chinese artist Ma Liang create a time machine in the hopes of preserving his father’s deteriorating memory from Alzheimer’s; as well as Sam Green’s The Oldest Person in the World, which weaves together portraits of the people who hold the Guinness Record for being the oldest person alive.
Remaining projects include Shirly Berkovitz’s Holes, following a former hitman as he investigates his sons murder; Jason DaSilva’s My Interiority, which chronicles the director’s journey into his inner character; Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s The Best Thing Going, which witnesses American and Chinese cultures learning to work side by side in an Ohio factory; and Agnieszka Zwiefka’s Scars, documenting a woman’s mission to shed light on the atrocities committed by Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers.
Additional projects are Katie Dellamaggiore’s The Quiet Zone, which investigates the town of Green Bank, West Virginia and its search for extraterrestrial life; Becky Korman’s Those That Breathe, following an Inuit community struggling to hold onto their culture in the throes of rising sea temperatures; an untitled project from Mo Scarpelli focusing on a new development project in Ethiopia that “promises hope, modernity and contradictions for those living in the midst of it”; Joe Winston’s We Want Harold!, documenting Chicago’s first black mayor in Harold Washington; and Tim Hawkins’ XY Chelsea, which provides an intimate look at Chelsea Manning, a trans woman and former U.S. Military soldier convicted by court-martial of leaking sensitive military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks.
For a full list of Catapult Film Fund grantees, click here.