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Rooftop Films Announces 2015 Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grant Recipients

Rooftop Films Announces 2015 Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grant Recipients

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Ahead of its 20th anniversary, Rooftop Films has just awarded 13 cash and service grants to alumni filmmakers. Winners of the Garbo NYC Feature Film Grants are Kitty Green, who will receive a monetary grant of $15,000 to help her finish her work on her latest documentary “Casting JonBenet,” and Sebastian Silva, who will receive a grant of $10,000 to finish his work on his feature “Demon Me.”

“Casting JonBenet,” a stylized documentary about the infamous murder of child model JonBenet Ramsey will be Green’s sophomore feature after her 2013 documentary debut “Ukraine Is Not a Brothel.” Silva has earned acclaim for his films such as “The Maid,” “Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus” and this year’s “Nasty Baby.” Green and Silva join a distinguished group of past Rooftop Filmmakers Fund grantees, including Ana Lily Amirpour (for her upcoming “The Bad Batch”), Gillian Robespierre (“Obvious Child”) Jeremy Saulnier (“Blue Ruin”) and Benh Zeitlin (“Beast of the Southern Wild”).
“We’re very excited about all our grantees this year,” said Dan Nuxoll, Program Director of Rooftop Films. “Each year we receive more promising applications from our acclaimed alumni filmmakers, and from an increasingly diverse pool of talent. Rooftop has always been dedicated to creating a venue for a wide range of creative voices and with the support of our audience and our partners we are increasingly capable of helping those films get made in the first place.”

Head here for more information on this year’s winners, and check below for a rundown of all of the 2015 Rooftop Filmmakers Fund grant recipients:

Rooftop Films / GarboNYC $15,000 Feature Film Grant:
Kitty Green, “Casting JonBenet”
Rooftop Films / GarboNYC $10,000 Feature Film Grant:
Sebastian Silva, “Demon Me”
Rooftop Films / Brigade Festival Publicity Grant:
Anna Rose Holmer, “The Fits”
Rooftop Films / Technological Cinevideo Services Camera Grant:
Khalik Allah, “Jamaica”
Rooftop Films / Eastern Effects Equipment Grant:
Lauren Wolkstein & Chris Radcliff, “The Strange Ones”
Rooftop Films / Edgeworx Post-Production Grant:
Anja Marquardt, “Wolf”
Rooftop Films / DCTV Color Correction Feature Film Grant:
Sarah J. Christman, “Swarm Season”
Rooftop Films / DCTV Equipment and Services Short Film Grant:
Ryan Mauskopf, “Sloof’s Supershop”
Rooftop Films / DCTV Equipment and Services Short Film Grant:
Nathan Kensinger, “Managed Retreat”
Rooftop Films / Adrienne Shelly Foundation Short Film Grant For Women:
Jennifer Reeder, “All Small Bodies”
In addition to the above grants, Rooftop Films helped negotiate post-production services at Metropolis Films for alumni filmmaker Robert Greene.
Robert Greene, “Kate Plays Christine”
Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Short Film Grant:
Christopher K. Walker & Michael Beach Nichols, “Beast of Man”
Niki Lindroth von Bahr, “Market Place”
Nathan Kensinger, “Managed Retreat”

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