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Sundance Institute names Documentary Fund grantees

The Sundance Institute has revealed the latest cohort of Documentary Fund grantees — comprising 23 non-fiction film projects from 21 countries — to receive unrestricted support totaling US$540,000. The grants will ...
November 2, 2020

The Sundance Institute has revealed the latest cohort of Documentary Fund grantees — comprising 23 non-fiction film projects from 21 countries — to receive unrestricted support totaling US$540,000.

The grants will support projects across various stages from development to post-production.

“During a time of shared crisis, it is essential that Sundance continue its steadfast support of artists across the globe,” Documentary Film program director Carrie Lozano said in a statement. “These films creatively assert our common quests, conditions and resilience as they interrogate notions of individual and collective power.”

Grantees in the development stage are Breaking the Brick (Chile), directed and produced by Carola Fuentes and Rafael Valdeavellano; The Illusion of an Everlasting Summer (Argentina), directed by Alessandra Sanguinetti with Julia Solomonoff and Lúcia Reis producing; and King Coal (U.S.), from director Elaine McMillion Sheldon and producer Molly Born.

Additional projects in the development stage to receive funding include Mija (U.S.), directed by Isabel Castro and produced by Tabs Breese; Mother Vera (UK) from directors Cécile Embleton and Alys Tomlinson and producer Laura Shacham; Untitled Michael Premo film (U.S.), directed by Michael Premo; and Witnesses From the Shadows (France, Mali, South Africa), from director Ousmane Samassekou and producers Estelle Robin You, Andrey S Diarra, Don Edkins and Tiny Mungwe.

Projects in the production stage selected for funding are Cutting Through Rocks (Iran), directed  and produced by Sara Khaki and Mohammad Reza Eyni;  Hakuchu Munyata (Perú), directed by Augusto Zegarra Pineda-Arce and produced by Claudia Chavez and Paloma Iturriaga; and Hummingbirds (U.S.), from directors Silvia Castaños, Estefanía “Beba” Contreras, Miguel Drake-McLaughlin, Diane Ng, Ana Rodriguez-Falco and Jillian Schlesinger. Drake-McLaughlin, Rodriguez-Falco and Schlesinger serve as producers with Leslie Benavides.

Other projects in production include Kamay (Afghanistan), directed and produced by Shahrokh Bikaran, Ilyas Yourish; Mom of the Ring (China), from director Yue Wu and producer Vincent Du; There Was, There Was Not (Republic of Artsakh), directed by Emily Mkrtichian and produced by Mara Adina; and WarPlay (Sweden), directed by Hemen Kurda and produced by Hanna Sköld.

Grantees in the post-production stage are 76 Days (pictured; U.S., China), directed by Hao Wu, Weixi Chen and Anonymous with Wu and Jean Tsien producing; An Act of Worship (U.S.), directed by Nausheen Dadabhoy and produced by Heba Elorbany, Kristi Jacobson, Sofian Khan; and After Sherman (U.S.), directed and produced by Jon-Sesrie Goff with Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich and blair dorosh-walther also producing.

Additional projects in post-production selected include Feyatey (Ethiopia, U.S.), directed and produced by Jessica Beshir; If We Burn (Hong Kong), produced and directed by Lynn Lee and  James Leong; and Love in the Time of Fentanyl (U.S., Canada), directed by Colin Askey and produced by Monika Navarro, Robinder Uppal, Marc Serpa Francoeur and Askey.

Finally, films in post-production to receive funding include The Miracle of Almeria (Belgium), directed by Moon Blaisse and produced by Emmy Oost, Katja Draaijer, Louis Mataré and David Fonjallaz; Museum of the Revolution (Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic), directed and produced by Srđan Keča with Vanja Jambrović also producing; and A Night of Knowing Nothing (India, France), directed by Payal Kapadia and produced by Thomas Hakim and Ranabir Das.

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