Film production foundation Cinereach unveiled 13 feature-length projects that will receive $400,000 in grants. The current round of features include nonfiction, fiction and hybrid films that, according to the group, "exemplify Cinereach's commitment to funding vital stories, artfully told." Cinereach said it had received over 1,000 submissions from 70 countries, its most competitive grant cycle since its founding in 2006.
Cinereach supports first-time feature directors, as well as filmmakers "building on prior achievements and moving in new directions." The selected films also range from the early research and development phase to the final stages of post-production. To date, the group has disbursed over $4.5 million in grant funds to more than 90 projects.
"As a group, these new projects tackle a number of timely themes and topics from unexpected viewpoints," commented Cinereach Grants Manager Adella Ladjevardi in a statement. "We are excited for the many surprises that will be revealed as each one progresses towards completion."
Cinereach's next grant cycle will take place in the Summer, for more information, visit their website.
The Winter 2011 grant recipients include two fiction, ten nonfiction and one hybrid works-in-progress – with descriptions and credits provided by Cinereach:
"The Angola Project"
Dir. Jeremy Xido | Angola | Nonfiction | In Research & Development
A post-colonial western-meets-road film about the fevered reconstruction of the Benguela Transcontinental Railway and the African and Chinese lives that are intertwined because of it.
"Diamond, Silver & Gold"
Dir. Jason Kohn | USA | Nonfiction | In Production
A look into the origins of life, synthetic diamonds and other nagging problems.
"The Great Invisible"
Dir. Margaret Brown | USA | Nonfiction | In Production
An observational documentary about the Gulf oil spill and the resulting moratorium on drilling in the Gulf.
"In the Last Days of the City"
Dir. Tamer El Said | Egypt | Fiction | In Post-Production
A filmmaker comes of age in a city on the brink of revolution.
"Just Do It: A Tale of Modern Day Outlaws"
Dir. Emily James | UK | Nonfiction | In Post-Production
An observational documentary providing unprecedented access to the environmental direct action movement in the UK.
"Montana Medical Marijuana Film"
Dir. Rebecca Richman Cohen | USA | Nonfiction | In Production
Reflecting the controversies enveloping the marijuana industry throughout the United States, Montana braces itself to become the first state to repeal a medical marijuana law.
Dir. Shaul Schwarz | Mexico/USA | Nonfiction | In Production
An in-depth and vivid exploration of a new, powerful culture fueled by the cartels responsible for Mexico's deadly drug wars.
"The Patron Saints"
Dir. Melanie Shatzky & Brian Cassidy | USA | Hybrid | In Post-Production
A disquieting and hyperrealistic glimpse into life at a nursing home.
"The Scribe of Uraba"
Dir. Jeff & Michael Zimbalist | USA/Colombia | Fiction | In Development
When her father is murdered in rural Colombia, Alcira Gil embarks on a quest for justice that is larger than her family, her village, or even her country.
Dir. David Soll | USA/Southern Sudan/Western Sahara | Nonfiction | In Research & Development
The world’s only freelance diplomats guide non-states in their struggle for recognition, through the pageantry of international affairs.
Dir. Yance Ford | USA | Nonfiction | In Production
A documentary about the violent death of the filmmaker's brother nearly 20 years ago, and how the collision of silence, fear and the judiciary allowed his killer to go free.
"Ushio + Noriko"
Dir. Zachary Heinzerling | USA | Nonfiction | In Post-Production
A meditation on companionship, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this love story explores the chaotic forty-year marriage of two New York-based, Japanese artists.
"The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga"
Dir. Jessica Oreck | Russia/Poland/Ukraine | Nonfiction | In Post-Production
A descent into the woodlands of Eastern Europe that uncovers the secrets of the mysterious mushroom and the mythic qualities of the forest it inhabits.