Los Angeles-based non-profit funding organization Jewish Story Partners (JSP) has revealed the 16 documentary projects set to receive US$468,000 in grants, the third slate of grantees since the program launched last year.
JSP responds to what it calls the “glaring gap” in funding for independent Jewish films which “reflect the full spectrum of Jewish experiences, cultures and encounters.” The organization is led by award-winning filmmaker Roberta Grossman (Who Will Write Our History, Seeing Allred), who serves as producing director, and veteran film festival programmer, former Sundance Catalyst director, and producer Caroline Libresco, in the role of artistic director.
Two films that have received JSP funding in previous rounds are set for theatrical releases soon. Ondi Timoner’s Last Flight Home, centered on the life and conscious death of the filmmaker’s father, premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, was acquired by MTV Documentary Films, and will be released theatrically this fall. Meanwhile, Daniel Raim’s Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen, about the making of Norman Jewison’s 1971 classic Fiddler on the Roof, was recently acquired and released in U.S. theaters by Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber.
Among the projects receiving grant money in this round of funding are new films from such acclaimed directors as Michel Franco, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, Julia Mintz, Pierre Sauvage, Jason Osder, William Youmans, Molly Bernstein and Philip Dolin (pictured: their latest, Art Spiegelman: Disaster Is My Muse), and Joshua Zeman. To see the full list of grantees, visit the Jewish Story Partners website here.
JSP is also opening the call for entries for its next funding round for feature-length documentaries by U.S.-based producers and/or directors. Applications are due July 14, 2022. JSP accepts submissions via two open calls per year, with juried decisions made in spring and fall. For more information, visit jewishstorypartners.org/apply.
“As a people we’re hardwired for stories, so it’s fitting that there be a robust fund to support Jewish stories — whether they preserve historical memory, recast familiar narratives, surprise with new ideas and juxtapositions, confront difficult realities, or breach formal frontiers,” said Grossman and Libresco in a joint statement. “By expanding the Jewish story, we more accurately reflect the spectrum of who we are today and energize conversations that are vital to a democratic, open, and pluralistic society.”