Winter 2017 Awards
Four Documentaries Awarded Winter 2017 Grants from The Rogovy Foundation.
The Rogovy Foundation is pleased to announce the Miller / Packan Documentary Film Fund Winter 2017 award winners. The Fund awards grants totaling $150,000 to between six and ten film projects annually through its Summer and Winter open calls.
The Fund’s four selections represent a cross section of interests that the Foundation supports. The award winners for this Winter period are:
The Quiet Zone — In the radio-silent town of Green Bank, West Virginia — the only town in America with no cell phones or WiFi — astronomers search for life beyond our planet as local residents struggle to live, love, grow up, relocate and evolve on earth. Director: Katie Dellamaggiore.
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin — Interviews and stories follow the renowned author’s journey from intolerant conservative to beloved writer known for his outrageous wit and open heart. Director: Jennifer Kroot. www.documentary.org/film/untold-tales-armistead-maupin
The Guardians — An investigative documentary that examines the complicated history of court- appointed guardians in Nevada. Director: Billie Mintz.
In the Closed Room — Each year several American suspects confess to a crime they did not commit. Experts say that trained interrogators can get anybody to confess to anything. Defense lawyer Jane is determined to make this insanity stop. Director: Katrine Philp. www.goodcompanypictures.com/in-the-closed-room
During the Winter open call, nearly 200 documentary film projects were submitted to the Miller / Packan Film Fund. “We’re moved by the quantity, quality and scope of the projects submitted,” says Hugh Rogovy, Foundation Founder. “There’s an army of non-fiction filmmakers out there,” added Asher Rogovy, Foundation Vice-President, “working tirelessly to make a difference.”
Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2017 open call, which ends May 15th.