Catapult Film Fund, a company that provides documentary filmmakers with development funding, has announced the recipients of their Spring 2014 Grant Awards.
While in previous years only seven projects were recognized, an increase in funding has added three more projects to the mix this year. The following filmmakers and films are the recipients of this year’s awards (descriptions courtesy of Catapult):
“A Blind Eye,” director Kirsten Johnson
Drawing on footage she’s shot over the course of 25 years, documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson searches to reconcile her part in the thorny questions of permission, power, creative ambition, and human obligation that come with filming the lives of others.
“American Warlord,” director Tony Gerber
“American Warlord” details the journey of Charles Taylor’s American-born son “Chucky” from the suburban ghettos of Orlando, Florida to one of Africa’s most violent civil wars, charting his transformation from a troubled teenager with hip-hop ambitions to one of his father’s most feared enforcers.
“Growing Up in Oil,” director Anabel Rodriguez
Congo Mirador is a small settlement built on stilts in the middle of Lake Maracaibo, Latin America’s largest oil field. The village is disappearing as it is turning into a swamp.”Growing Up in Oil” tells this story seen through the eyes of the children who are neglected and about to face the most radical change of their lives.
“Haveababy.com,” director Amanda Micheli
“Haveababy.com” follows the controversial “I Believe” contest, sponsored by a successful in vitro fertilization clinic in Las Vegas. For millions of Americans, IVF may be their last resort to start a family, but for those without $20k to gamble on the unpredictable procedure, this social media sweepstakes is their only hope.
“Mad as Hell,” director Jason Cohn
“Mad as Hell” tells the story of Howard Jarvis and his landmark California ballot measure, Proposition 13, which launched a 35-year national tax revolt and fundamentally altered the course of American politics.
“Tashi and the Monk,” directors Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke
Former Buddhist monk Lobsang left a life as a spiritual teacher in the US to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children. Five year-old Tashi is the newest arrival and she is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. The film follows Lobsang’s efforts to transform her alienation into the capacity to make her first real friend.
“The Last Go Round,” director Justin Schein
“The Last Go Round” is a film about the friendship between an aging anti-war activist who has decided that his last political act will be to take his own life and a documentary filmmaker who is struggling to tell the story.
“The Punch,” director Andre Hörmann
“The Punch” tells the dramatic story of a unique boxing community where two fathers and sons pursue their shared dreams for success in the ring, struggling against the odds in their troubled neighborhood on the Southside of Chicago.
“Unlocking the Cage,” directors Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker
“Unlocking the Cage” follows attorney Steve Wise as he mounts what is perhaps the most revolutionary lawsuit for animal rights: the first lawsuits demanding legal personhood for four chimpanzees in New York State.
“Young Men & Fire,” directors Alex Jablonski and Kahlil Hudson
Unfolding over the course of one wildfire season in the American West, the film follows the lives of young firefighters irrevocably changed by one summer.
The next funding round opens July 14, 2014, with submissions due by August 25.