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San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Award $425,000 in Filmmaking Grants — Winners Announced

San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Award $425,000 in Filmmaking Grants -- Winners Announced

The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), in partnership with
the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF), have announced the projects that will
receive a total of $425,000 in funding–the largest amount disbursed to
date–in the latest round of Filmmaking Grants. Nine filmmaking teams
were granted funding to help with their next stage of production, from
screenwriting to post. Full list of recipients below.

The Film Society’s flagship Filmmaking Grants
are awarded twice annually to filmmakers for narrative feature films that will
have significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking


Doctor — Musa Syeed, director/producer/writer; Nicholas
Bruckman, coproducer

$35,000 for screenwriting

Salim, a disgraced young doctor from India, will do anything
to rebuild his former life. But when he starts practicing medicine illegally in
New York, he’s drawn into a medical underworld where he risks losing
everything. For more information visit musasyeed.com.


Escape from Morgantown — Peter Nicks, writer/director

$25,000 for screenwriting

A young addict arrives at a federal prison camp with a plan
to turn his life around, but is drawn into the intoxicating world of a crew of
seasoned inmates.


The Fixer — Ian Olds, writer/director; Caroline von Kuhn,

$25,000 for packaging

An Afghan journalist is exiled from his war-torn country to
a small bohemian community in Northern California. When he attempts to turn his
menial job on the local police blotter into “Afghan-style” coverage
of local crime he gets drawn into the backwoods of this small town—a shadow
Northern California where sex is casual, true friendship is hard to come by,
and an unfamiliar form of violence burbles up all around him.


Hellion — Kat Candler, writer/director; Jonathan Duffy and
Kelly Williams, producers

$70,000 for postproduction

When his delinquent behavior forces his little brother to be
taken away, a motocross-obsessed teenager and his emotionally absent father
must take responsibility for their destructive behavior to bring him home.


Little Accidents — Sara Colangelo writer/director; Jason
Michael Berman, Anne Carey, Thomas B. Fore and Summer Shelton, producers

$50,000 for postproduction

In a small American coal town, the disappearance of a boy
draws a young miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive and a local
14-year-old together in a web of secrets.


Los Valientes / The Brave Ones — Aurora Guerrero,
writer/director; Chad Burris, producer

$25,000 for packaging

Felix Lopez is gay, undocumented and living in San Francisco
until his family obligations move him across the country to a small
Pennsylvania mining town to join his undocumented sister. Once there, alienated
by local and family politics, Felix finds unexpected solace in the company of
one person: his sister’s husband.


Love is Strange — Ira Sachs, writer/director; Lucas Joaquin,
Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen, producers

$70,000 for postproduction

A multi-generational story of love and marriage, Love is
Strange depicts the delicate nature of any two people trying to build a long
life together, and the possibility of love to grow deeper, and richer, with


Love Land — Joshua Tate, writer/director/producer; Andrew
Richey, producer

$35,000 for postproduction

Love Land follows Ivy, a young woman with a severe traumatic
brain injury, as she faces her refusal to be identified as a person with an
intellectual disability. When she is placed in an institution for being a
danger to herself and others, Ivy will stop at nothing to prove to the
world—and to herself—that she is “normal” enough to transcend the
label of “special.”


Manos Sucias — Josef Wladyka, writer/director; Elena
Greenlee and Márcia Nunes, producers

$90,000 for postproduction

A desperate fisherman and a naive young man embark on a
dangerous journey trafficking drugs up the Pacific coast of Colombia. Hidden
beneath the waves, they tow a narco-torpedo filled with millions of dollars
worth of cocaine. Together they must brave the war-torn region while navigating
the growing tension between them.

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