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“Children of the Mist”, “City Hall” among Sundance Institute doc fund grantees

Frederick Wiseman‘s City Hall and Ha Le Diem’s Children of the Mist are among the 22 feature-length documentary projects that comprise the latest grantees of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Fund. The unrestricted grants for development, production, post-production and ...
May 21, 2020

Frederick Wiseman‘s City Hall and Ha Le Diem’s Children of the Mist are among the 22 feature-length documentary projects that comprise the latest grantees of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Fund.

The unrestricted grants for development, production, post-production and audience engagement of unscripted projects total US$520,000, and grant recipients hail from 19 countries across five continents.

Among the filmmaking recipients receiving post-production grants is Wiseman’s City Hall, which documents the efforts by the Boston city government to provide myriad services to a diverse population.

Ha Le Diem’s Children of the Mist (pictured), meanwhile, is among the three projects to receive a production grant. The film, which earlier this month received funding as part of the 2020 Hot Docs Forum, documents a teenage girl in the mountains of North Vietnam as she walks “a thin line” between childhood and adulthood.

“At Sundance Institute, we know that these unprecedented times demand creative and nimble support,” said Kristin Feeley, Sundance Institute’s documentary film program interim director, and Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs, the Institute’s documentary film fund director, in a joint statement. “We’re fortunate to have a collaborative and strong network of partners that allow us to ensure material support for these filmmakers as they develop bold new work, we can ensure that the field of nonfiction storytelling continues to evolve even against larger headwinds.”

The grantees are listed below. Information for each project is provided by the Sundance Institute:

DEVELOPMENT

Alis (Colombia)
Dir. Nicolas van Hemelryck, Clare Weiskopf
Prod. Nicolas van Hemelryck, Clare Weiskopf

A Hawk as Big as a Horse (Russia, France)
Dir. Sasha Kulak
Prod. Louis Beaudemont

How to Build a Library (Kenya)
Dir. Maia Lekow, Christopher King
Prod. Maia Lekow, Christopher King

Q (Lebanon)
Dir. Jude Chehab
Prod. Jude Chehab

Reas (Argentina)
Dir. Lola Arias
Prod. Gema Juárez Allen

Regarding Memory and Neglect (Brazil)
Dir. Ricardo Martensen
Prod. Ricardo Martensen, Felipe Tomazelli, Dado Carlin

Todo lo sólido (Cuba, Mexico, U.S.)
Dir. Luis Gutiérrez Arias
Prod. Zaina Bseiso, Alejandro Alonso Estrella, Joie Estrella Horwitz

Untitled Nicky Nodjoumi Project (U.S.)
Dir. Sara Nodjoumi, Till Schauder
Prod. Sara Nodjoumi, Till Schauder

Yawar Shunku: Bleeding Heart (Ecuador)
Dir. Antonio Romero Zurita
Prod. Sam Vinal

PRODUCTION

Children of the Mist (Vietnam)
Dir. Ha Le Diem
Prod. Swann Dubus, Tran Phuong Thao

Girl Talk (U.S)
Dir. Lucia Small
Prod. Lucia Small, Dia Sokol Savage

Whitewash (working title) (France)
Dir. Ahmet Necdet Cupur
Prod. Delphine Morel, Anke Petersen, Nadir Operli

POST-PRODUCTION

City Hall (U.S.)
Dir. Frederick Wiseman
Prod. Karen Konicek

Eight Stories About Hearing Loss (Argentina, Uruguay)
Dir. Charo Mato
Prod. Charo Mato, Eugenia Olascuaga, Valentina Baracco

The Monster and the Storm (U.S.)
Dir. Edwin Martinez
Prod. Jamie Gonçalves

Murders That Matter (U.S.)
Dir. Marco Williams
Prod. Marco Williams

Our Little Palestine (Syria, Lebanon, France, Qatar)
Dir. Abdallah Al Khatib
Prod. Mohammad Ali Atassi, Jean-Laurent Csinidis

IMPACT & ENGAGEMENT

Survivors (Sierra Leone)
Dir. Arthur Pratt, Banker White, Anna Fitch, Barmmy Boy Mansaray
Prod. Sara Dosa, Samantha Grant, Arthur Pratt, Banker White, Anna Fitch, Barmmy Boy Mansaray

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE | A&E BRAVE STORYTELLERS AWARD RECIPIENTS

Chocobar (Argentina, U.S.)
Dir. Lucrecia Martel
Prod. Benjamin Domenech, Joslyn Barnes, Santiago Gallelli, Matias Roveda

Untitled #NunsToo Project (Italy, India, U.S.)
Dir. Lorena Luciano, Filippo Piscopo
Prod. Lorena Luciano, Filippo Piscopo

Untitled Free Speech Project (U.S.)
Dir. Julia Bacha
Prod. Suhad Babaa & Daniel J. Chalfen

Untitled Vinay Shukla Documentary Project (India)
Dir: Vinay Shukla
Prod: Memesys Culture Lab

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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