In its third year, the Fund provides finishing finances to domestic and international documentary filmmakers with feature-length films that document pressing social issues of immediate and historical significance.
Seven projects have been selected from 390 submissions from 23 countries to receive a total of $100,000, to be administered by TFI.
The projects were selected by a committee consisting of Diana Barrett, Liz Garbus, Simon Kilmurry, Trevor Neilson, and Mariane Pearl who chose the recipients from finalists previously selected by TFI.
The projects that will receive funding are:
The Warlord’s Wife (Victoria Stevenson) (UK) The story of Emma McCune who travelled to Africa as an aid worker, fueled by humanitarian ideals, yet at the time of her death she was married to a Sudanese warlord, stood accused of trading oil for arms, was a suspected spy, and a marked woman.
This project was also presented in 2009 at Sheffield Doc Fest – worth noting for documenatary filmmakers looking for coproduction in the MeetMarket Projects 2009 which selected 61 highly-original projects being pitched at the Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket, representing 16 countries, and a wide range of genres and styles including 13 cross-platform (transmedia) projects.
Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba Story (Tom Rielly) (USA) A film that tells the story of Kamkwamba, who built a windmill that powered his village and changed his life, using imagination and ingenuity to inspire a family, a village, and a nation.
African Deep (Rachel Boynton) (USA) A riveting adventure about the heated quest for oil in the deep waters off West Africa’s coast.
Donor 150 (Jerry Rothwell) (UK) A twenty-first century tale of identity and genetic inheritance and perhaps the family of the future.
The Mosou Sisters (Marlo Poras & Yu Ying Wu Chou) (USA) Follows two spirited daughters from China’s last remaining matriarchal society who are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose the only jobs they’ve ever known.
The Redemption of General Butt Naked (Daniele Anastasion & Eric Strauss)
Welcome to Shelbyville (Kim Snyder) (USA) The incredible true story of Joshua Milton Blahyi, a brutal African warlord turned Christian evangelist.
Welcome to Shelbyville (Kim Snyder) (USA) A glimpse of America at a crossroads. Set in America’s rural south on the eve of the 2008 Presidential election, a town deals with issues of immigrant integration and reckons with its segregated past.