Six Documentaries Awarded Summer 2019 Grants
We are pleased to announce the Miller / Packan Documentary Film Fund Summer 2019 award winners. The Fund awards grants totaling $200,000 annually through its Summer and Winter open calls.
Our Land — In a time of growing income inequality in America, there is one asset that remains in the hands of the American people: the 640 million acres of America’s Public Lands. Powerful forces have aligned to attempt the largest land grab in modern history. Director: David Byars.
Weed Dreams — As California legalized recreational cannabis sales, Oakland became the first city in the nation to adopt a Cannabis Equity Program, an ambitious attempt to address racial inequality and rectify the injustices of the war on drugs. Director: Mathew Ramirez Warren.
Parkland — The film follows the high school students and families who became fierce leaders of a national movement for gun reform following the shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in 2018. Director: Cheryl Horner McDonough.
True Believer — An earnest pastor and a remorseful activist reveal how a religion was hijacked for political gain, underscoring what’s at stake for our Democracy if the evangelical community doesn’t reckon with its own history. Director: Kristen Irving-Jordan.
SORTED or: How I learned to stop worrying and save the world— A young Bangladeshi woman takes her uncertain future into her own hands to change the destiny of her family, her country and the planet. Director: Kurt Norton.
Stripped for Parts: American Journalism at the Crossroads — Hedge funds and private equity are plundering what is left of America’s newspapers. The film follows the struggle for the resources and soul of America’s news media. Production grant. Director: Rick Goldsmith.
“Once again we’re overwhelmed by the outstanding projects independent doc filmmakers are producing,” said Hugh Rogovy, Foundation Founder. “We’re pleased to announce this summer’s winners, and look forward to the impact they will achieve.”
Applications are now being accepted for the Winter 2019 Open Call, which ends November 15th.