By Indiewire | Indiewire January 3, 2012 at 12:32PM
December is now over, and it's time to choose one of our Projects of the Week to be named December's Project of the Month. The project that receives the most votes for Project of the Month will receive a consultation from the Sundance Institute!
Voting will be open until Friday January 6 at 11 AM.
Go here to vote for December's Project of the Month!
The links to more information about each project are below.
Good luck to all of the filmmakers!
This documentary is a real life "Hugo" story. In 2004, a film student stumbles upon some boxes that had belonged to her great-grandfather and had been sitting in the basement for decades since his sudden death. She discovers that he was the inventor of the Bolex camera, one of the most iconic cameras of all time. Who was this forgotten man, with hundreds of inventions, three last names and an archive of drawings and plans? A story of a Renaissance man who was trying to shape the world to his vision in a bitter fight against his own mortality.
"The Sticking Place" is an imaginative interactive documentary about Leah Callahan, a women's freestyle wrestler currently ranked number two in Canada. At Nationals Leah narrowly lost in the last second to the ten-time National Champion. Surviving doubt, elation, breakdowns and revelations, now is Leah's chance to win the one spot to the 2012 Olympics. The film follows Leah's quest via an interactive multimedia website, where viewers are asked to actively participate in the act of storytelling itself. The Sticking Place challenges viewers to playfully but critically examine conventional truisms about what it means to have a dream and follow it.
The film follows Mourad, his wife Um Waleed, and their 11 children as they make their living off of Egypt's trash. Their living situation is constantly threatened by the governments actions, an unstable mountain, religious tensions, and a looming revolution that will change their lives forever. The film tells a story of perseverance, love, and a father's will to protect his family at all costs.
Gwapa (Beautiful) is a real-life fairy tale that follows two unlucky Filipino families and their journey for a healthy future. Every year, 4,000-5,000 Filipino children are born with cleft deformities, which are among the most common and curable of birth defects. Sadly, most clefts go unrepaired. One surgery can change a child's life forever. Gwapa (Beautiful) is the first feature-length documentary dedicated to bringing awareness to the high number of children born with cleft deformities in the Philippines and the great need for free reconstructive surgeries. This stunningly remarkable film is a powerful tale of love, determination, and hope.