By Indiewire | Indiewire December 15, 2003 at 2:00AM
The Global Film Initiative Names Three Recipients for Completion Funds
by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
U.S. based charitable foundation The Global Film Initiative has named three recipients of its second annual granting program, the organization announced Friday. Brazilian director Marcelo Gomes's "Cinema, Aspirin and Vultures," Turkish director Reha Erdem's "What's a Human Anyway," and Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll's "Whiskey" (Uruguay) were selected to receive completion funds of between $20,000 and $40,000 from The Global Film Initiative. The projects were chosen from a pool of 33 submissions from 19 countries.
"Whiskey" is the story of two brothers who are reunited one year after their mother's death following many years of estrangement, while "What's a Human Anyway" centers on a man, Ali, who has an accident resulting in amnesia. "Cinema, Aspirin and Vultures" is the story of two men who journey into the Brazilian hinterlands to introduce aspirin to the area's people, and along the way the two discuss everything from war to women.
In addition to the completion funds, the finished projects will also receive guaranteed U.S. distribution through The Initiative's annual Global Lens Film Series. The series launched this year on November 13 at the MoMA Gramercy Theatre in New York, and will travel throughout the country through October 2004.
"The mission of The Global Film Initiative is embodied in these three films," said Global Film Initiative chairwoman Susan Weeks Coulter in a release. "We are delighted to offer our support to these vital filmmakers and their contributions to world cinema." The fund was inspired by the Hubert Bals Fund, which was created by the Rotterdam Film Festival and its Cinemart program. Films selected must "demonstrate narrative excellence, indigenous to their local settings as well as those that illustrate innovation in the filmmaking process," according to the organization. The Global Film Initiative was founded to promote cross-cultural understanding through cinema and expose film from the developing world to the United States. Along with the granting program, the Initiative has acquisitions, Distribution, and educational programs.