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American Documentary to provide rapid response grants to doc community

American Documentary, the nonprofit organization behind PBS strand ‘POV,’ is re-opening its Artist Emergency Fund for the indie documentary community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The adapted fund of more than ...
April 1, 2020

American Documentary, the nonprofit organization behind PBS strand ‘POV,’ is re-opening its Artist Emergency Fund for the indie documentary community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The adapted fund of more than $US100,000 will provide one time, “rapid response” grants of up to US$500 to assist artists with basic needs such as food, immediate health needs and insurance premiums.

Applications are now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the fund is expired. For more information on how to apply, click here.

“Last year when we ran the pilot, the need for a fund of this kind was already substantial. During this pandemic, the need is critical ” said┬áJustine Nagan, executive producer/executive director of POV/ American Documentary. “We are just beginning to see how COVID-19 is affecting filmmakers, especially those from marginalized communities. Canceled premieres, halted production and broader systemic issues are profoundly affecting filmmakers from healthcare to housing security. This adapted COVID AEF is designed for quick turnaround grants to support filmmakers and their families’ physical health.”

In its pilot year, the fund distributed more than $20,000 and directly supported 25 artists with medical bills, housing and stopgap support amidst career instability.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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