The San Francisco Film Society has announced the three winners of its 2013 SFFS Documentary Film Fund, totaling $100,000 in awards, which support feature-length documentaries in post-production. Winners below.
2013 DOCUMENTARY FILM FUND WINNERS:
The Babushkas of Chernobyl — Anne Bogart and Holly Morris,
co-director/producers — $40,000
As Fukushima smolders, and the world grapples with a
dangerous energy era, an unlikely human story emerges from Chernobyl to inform
the debate. The Babushkas of Chernobyl is the story of an extraordinary group
of women who live in Chernobyl’s post-nuclear disaster “Dead Zone.” For more
than 25 years they have survived—and even, oddly, thrived—on some of the most
contaminated land on earth. For more information visit
the film’s website.
Anne Bogart is a Los Angeles–based writer and documentary
director/producer. For the past 12 years she has directed and produced numerous
episodes for the Globe Trekker travel series. For 15 years she worked in Paris
and London as a staff writer for Women’s Wear Daily and a freelance writer for
numerous American magazines including Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, the New York
Times, and the Los Angeles Times. While in Europe, Bogart also produced and
directed documentary and entertainment programming for a variety of French and
Holly Morris is the writer/director/creator of the
award-winning eight-part PBS documentary series about extraordinary women
around the world, Adventure Divas, and author of the book Adventure Divas:
Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine. Her award-winning story A
Country of Women—on which The Babushkas of Chernobyl is based—was originally
published in MORE magazine, won Meredith’s “Editorial Excellence
Award,” is featured in Best Travel Literature: 2013, and was republished
in London’s Daily Telegraph and The Week.
Freedom Fighters — Jamie Meltzer, director — $20,000
There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by
a group of exonerated men who have all spent decades in prison for crimes they
didn’t commit. They call themselves the Freedom Fighters, and they’ve recently
started working their first cases. For more information visit the film’s website.
Jamie Meltzer’s feature documentary films have been
broadcast nationally on PBS and have screened at numerous film festivals
worldwide. They include Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story (Independent Lens,
2003), Welcome to Nollywood (PBS Broadcast, 2007), La Caminata (2009), and
Informant, which won four best documentary/grand jury awards at film festivals
in 2012 and is being released in theaters nationwide by Music Box Films.
Meltzer teaches in the MFA Program in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford
Tomorrow We Disappear — Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber,
co-director/producers — $40,000
When their homes are illegally sold to real estate
developers, the magicians, acrobats and puppeteers of Delhi’s Kathputli colony
must unite—or splinter apart forever.
Jimmy Goldblum is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, and
interactive producer. In 2008 he won an Emmy for “New Approaches to
Documentary” for Live Hope Love, a project he produced for the Pulitzer Center
on Crisis Reporting. Goldblum’s projects have won Emmy, FWA, Webby, and SXSW
awards and have earned coverage from the New York Times, Wired magazine, USA
Today, and CNN.
Adam Weber is currently editing Is the Man Who Is Tall
Happy?, Michel Gondry’s animated documentary about Noam Chomsky. He was the
editor of Kanye West’s interactive film Cruel Winter, and assistant editor on
Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds.