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Catapult Film Fund Awards Fall 2013 Grants to Seven New Documentaries

Catapult Film Fund Awards Fall 2013 Grants to Seven New Documentaries

Seven documentary films have been selected as recipients of
the Catapult Film Fund’s fall 2013 development grant. Since launching in 2010,
over $700,000 has been awarded to 37 films via the Catapult program. 465 proposals
were submitted this time around, doubling the number of spring 2013 proposals.

A previous Catapult grantee is “Call Me Kuchu,” directed by
Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zohali-Worrall, which debuted in 2012 at
the Berlin Film Festival, and continued on as a festival hit, followed by a
theatrical release earlier this year in the U.S. and U.K.

The following film projects were chosen for funding:

A VERY COLD WAR, Dir. May Abdalla

A VERY COLD WAR is set at the frontline of the fast changing
Arctic. As the UN decides how to divide up state sovereignty into the High
North we travel into the lives of American entrepreneurs, Danish scientists and
Russian priests who are investing in the thawing ice and the young island man
who is trying to stop them. A timely documentary about the race for the last
frontier.

ASK THE SEXPERT, Dir. Vaishali Sinha

ASK THE SEXPERT (working title) is a feature documentary
centered on a highly popular sex column in a daily newspaper in India. Despite
sex being a taboo topic in India, the column’s brand of non-moralistic advice
and humor has emboldened many to write in with their questions. Highlighting a
dance between desire and censorship, the personal narratives in the film play
out against the backdrop of the heated debate over sexuality and sex education
in India.

MUDFLOW, Dir. Cynthia Wade

MUDFLOW is the story of a giant, spewing, hot toxic mudflow
in Indonesia, believed to be caused by poorly executed natural gas drilling.
This eruption is one of the largest man-made disasters of recent times, yet
relatively unknown beyond Indonesia. The mud volcano has been erupting
violently for more than seven years, swallowing schools, villages and
factories. It has permanently displaced 35,000 people and international
scientists believe the mudflow will continue for another 20 years.

O.P.D., Dir. Pete Nicks

O.P.D. (working title) is the second of a series of
inter-connected feature documentaries exploring the relationship between public
institutions and the community in Oakland, California. O.P.D. follows the
innovative efforts of the Oakland Police Department at a watershed moment for
the department as they face federal pressure, a surging crime wave, and
debilitating budget cuts. The film reveals in intimate detail the often lost
perspective of an ensemble cast of officers who get up everyday to face the
unpredictable realities inherent in one of America’s most violent yet promising
cities.

THE ARRIVALS, Dir. Heidi Ewing

Two young, gay men leave comfortable lives in Mexico and
make the dangerous journey to the USA so they may be openly together. But now
they must make a grueling decision that cannot be reversed.

THE MURDER AND THE JOURNALISTS, Dir. Francisco Bello

Since 1970 the strange case of Jeffrey MacDonald, a man
convicted of the grizzly murders of his pregnant wife and daughters, has
captivated the American public, the media at large, and a trio of celebrity
journalists – all telling very different tales. THE MURDER AND THE JOURNALISTS
is a film that will challenge the truth in what is one of the biggest
“true crime” stories in generations.

TRAPPED, Dir.  Dawn
Porter

In recent years states have enacted a record-breaking number
of laws aimed at restricting access to abortion. If successful, these laws
would substantially reduce the number of licensed abortion clinics in the
United States. TRAPPED follows the progress of two Southern abortion clinics
–Reproductive Health Services of Montgomery in Montgomery, Alabama and the
Jackson’s Women Health Organization in Jackson, Mississippi as they struggle to
stay open in the face of an increasingly hostile legal and political climate.

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