Earlier today the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) announced the three winners for their 2014 Documentary Film Fund. Over $75,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners' for their feature-length documentaries, all in post-production.
The prize is given to innovative filmmakers working on nonfiction documentary films. This year's winners are (descriptions provided by SSFS):
Moby Longinotto's "The Joneses" -- "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? -- $30,627
Jason Zeldes' "Romeo Is Bleeding" -- 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. -- $22,500
Andrew James' "Street Fighting Man" -- 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. -- $22,500
Since it was first created in 2011, the Documentary Film Fund has given over $300,000 to documentary filmmakers. Last year's "Cutie and the Boxer," which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, as well as the Sundance hit "American Promise" were winners.
"We are thrilled to continue our tradition of supporting innovative documentary films that feature compelling stories told through a strong visual aesthetic," said Michele Turnure-Salleo, judge and director of Filmmaker360.