As many independent filmmakers can tell you, Cinereach has been an invaluable resource since its inception in 2006, making films via its own production company (including "The Forgiveness of Blood" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild," ) in addition to scores of grants, awards and fellowships it awards. (Last year, the company said it provided over half a million dollars in grants to 22 feature length films.)
And in 2012 there was no indie more discussed than four-time Oscar nominated Sundance sensation “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” That film wouldn’t have existed were it not for Cinereach's ongoing support. The not-for-profit film production company and foundation is led by a trio who count among their titles therapist, electrician, lighting designer, caterer, chauffeur and barista.
Screening “Beasts” for the Sundance volunteers. “Because it was such a grassroots effort, it felt right for the volunteers to be its first audience,” Engelhorn said. “It was the start of a whole new journey.”
Trying and failing to establish a presence early on via a slew of meetings in Los Angeles. “We had a sort of cavalier attitude about the whole thing,” Raisler said. “It was a total disaster. When we retreated back to New York, someone called to inform us that our names were ‘toxic in LA right now.’”
The ever-shifting landscape. “We constantly need to adapt what we’re doing, while we’re doing it,” Mezey said.
Cinereach is piloting a new fellowships program designed to work with filmmakers at critical junctures in their careers.