Moby Longinotto’s “The Joneses,” Jason Zeldes’s “Romeo Is
Bleeding” and Andrew James’s “Street Fighting Man” were each given funding to
help push them towards completion. (More details on each project below.)
Previous winners include Zachary Heinzerling’s Oscar
nominated “Cutie and the Boxer,” Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson’s Sundance
Special Jury Prize winner “American Promise” and Shaul Schwarz’s strongly
reviewed 2013 Sundance entry “Narco Cultura.”
2014 DOCUMENTARY FILM FUND WINNERS:
The Joneses — Moby Longinotto, director and Aviva Wishnow,
producer — $30,627
The Joneses is a portrait of Jheri, a 73-year-old
transgender trailer park matriarch, who lives in bible belt Mississippi.
Reconciled with her family after years of estrangement, and now living with two
of her sons, Jheri embarks on a new path to reveal her true self to her grandchildren.
Will their family bonds survive?
Moby Longinotto studied at England’s National Film School
where his graduation film Make Me Proud screened at multiple festivals and won
numerous awards. His subesequent work includes Bad Boy, a piece made for the
BBC about a young man released from prison attempting to integrate back into
society; and Smalltown Boy, which follows a 15-year-old boy, once kicked out of
his foster home for being gay as he attempts to win the Carnival Queen crown.
Longinotto has also directed and shot multiple non-scripted television series
for BBC, Channel 4 and SwissTV.
Romeo Is Bleeding — Jason Zeldes, director and Michael
Klein, producer — $22,500
Donte Clark’s poetic voice was honed on the violent street
corners of a struggling city. Yet rather than succumb to the pressures of
Richmond, CA, Clark uses his artistic perspective to save his city from itself.
For more information visit RomeoIsBleedingFilm.com.
Jason Zeldes is an editor in LA’s documentary scene. The
first feature film he edited, Twenty Feet From Stardom, premiered on opening
night of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, continued on to a successful
theatrical run, and won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Prior to that film, Zeldes spent years working with acclaimed filmmakers such
as Patrick Creadon, Doug Blush and Kirby Dick, learning the documentary craft
at its highest level, and earning credits on films like the Oscar-nominated
Invisible War. Zeldes graduated from USC in 2009.
Street Fighting Man — Andrew James, director; Sara
Archambault and Katie Tibaldi, producers — $22,500
In a new America where the promise of education, safety and
shelter are in jeopardy, three Detroit men fight to build something lasting for
themselves and future generations. For more information visit
Andrew James is the writer/director of Una Vida Mejor and
the coproducer/codirector of the feature-length documentary Cleanflix. Una Vida
Mejor has screened at festivals world-wide and was the recipient of the Special
Jury Prize for artistic vision at the 2008 Cinequest Film Festival. Cleanflix
had its world premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival before
screening at more than 25 festivals around the world. Street Fighting Man was also
selected for IFP’s 2012 Independent Film Week and the 2013 Hot Docs
International Pitch Forum, and has received support from the Sundance’s
Documentary Fund and Documentary Edit & Story Lab.