Non-profit funding group Cinereach” announced $250,000 in grants Wednesday afternoon to 15 feature-length films that make up their Winter 2010 funding cycle. The organization said the films embody Cinereach’s “dedication to supporting emerging and established filmmakers making artistic, character driven stories.” Among the 900 letters of inquiry (an increase from 636 in last Summer’s round of funding), 15 recipients were chosen from a final pool of 77 projects that turned in full proposals. The final group will receive funds ranging from $10,000 – $25,000 each.
“The projects we selected vary widely in subject matter and in cinematic style,” commented Cinereach Grants Manager Adella Ladjevardi in a statement. “They’re set all over the globe: Afghanistan, India, Thailand, Burma, the US/Mexico border, New York City, New Orleans, Alaska and beyond.”
The Winter 2010 grantees (4 fiction, 11 nonfiction) works-in-progress (with descriptions provided by Cinereach):
“Aqui Y Alli” (Here and There) | Dir. Antonio Mendez Esparza | Mexico | Fiction | In Production:
Pedro, husband, father, and musician, struggles to make a living in Copanatoyac, Mexico. He hopes to avoid crossing the US border for the third time.
“Burma Soldier” | Dir. Nic Dunlop, Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern | Burma/Thailand/USA | Nonfiction | In Post-Production:
Burma Soldier tells the story of a Burmese soldier who swapped sides to join Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle for a democratic Burma.
“Charge” | Dir. Michael Plunkett | Bolivia/USA | Nonfiction | In Production:
“Charge” uncovers the human stories behind the current energy revolution, and the race to develop what is arguably this century’s most important resource: lithium.
“Donor 150” | Dir. Jerry Rothwell | USA | Nonfiction | In Production:
A generation conceived through artificial insemination is now old enough to search for its biological fathers, and the children of Donor 150 have a dad who is willing and ready to be found.
“Dragonslayer” | Dir. Tristan Patterson | USA | Nonfiction | In Post-Production:
A self-destructive young man spends an endless California summer breaking into foreclosed homes to skate empty swimming pools. A punk rock girl from the suburbs may be his salvation.
“Gardens of Paradise” | Dir. Bernardo Ruiz | Mexico/USA | Nonfiction | In Production:
A series of interconnected stories, told over the course of one day, illuminate the challenges facing residents of California’s Imperial Valley along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Laura” | Dir. Fellipe Barbosa | USA/Brazil | Nonfiction | In Post-Production:
A Brazilian immigrant in New York City lives two contradictory lives. At night she crashes the most glamorous and exclusive parties, while each day she struggles to cheat poverty and eviction.
“Moving” (Working Title) |Dir. Hamid Rahmanian | USA | Nonfiction | In Research & Development: Moving explores the human need to jump the fence and see if the grass really is greener on the other side.
“On The Ice” | Dir. Andrew MacLean | USA | Fiction | In Production:
On the snow-covered Arctic tundra, two Inuit teenagers try to get away with murder.
“Pariah” | Dir. Dee Rees | USA | Fiction | In Post-Production:
A Bronx teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.
“Return” | Dir. Liza Johnson | USA | Fiction | In Pre-Production:
Back from a tour of duty, Kelli slowly realizes that her everyday life doesn’t resemble the one she left. Can she regain her place in the kind of life she’s been fighting to protect?
“Tchoupitoulas” | Dir. Bill Ross & Turner Ross | USA | Nonfiction | In Post- Production:
Three young brothers explore the New Orleans night.
“The Boy Mir” | Dir. Phil Grabsky | UK/Afghanistan | Nonfiction | In Post- Production:
“The Boy Mir” covers ten years in the life of the irrepressible and lovable Mir, as he comes of age in one of the toughest places on earth. His life reflects a vital portrait of modern Afghanistan.
“What Tomorrow Brings” | Dir. Beth Murphy | Afghanistan/USA | Nonfiction | In Production:
A year in the life of the students of a new Afghan girls’ school provides a rare glimpse into a community torn between two radically different destinies.
“The World Before Her” | Dir. Nisha Pahuja | India/Canada | Nonfiction | In Production:
Two competitors in the Miss India Contest show an India divided along many fault lines—political, religious, economic and cultural.