Five Bay Area filmmakers have been selected as the recipients of the fourth round of the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Ranin Foundation Filmmaking Grants. The grants are awarded biannually to filmmakers set on producing feature narratives “with social justice themes that will have significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community.”
A total of $210, 000 was awarded by a panel consisting of several senior members of the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Ranin Foundation.
Debbie Brubaker and Lynn Hershman received $15,000 and $50,000 respectively to develop their own productions, “504” and “Killer App.” Two separate $35,000 screenwriting grants were given to Christopher Mason Johnson for “Skirt” and Morgan Wise’s “Western Addiction.” Finally, Mike Ott was the recipient of a $75,000 production grant for his new film, “Teenage Wasteland.”
The panel was enthusiastic about the recipients, commenting in a statement, “It was incredibly encouraging to see such a broad range of issues, perspectives and genres in the applicants. We are confident that the grants will fulfill the mission of both our organizations.”