Fund doles out grants to issue-oriented films

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “Howl,” Sandhya Suri’s “Devi” and James Longley’s untitled Iran project are among the 25 issue-oriented feature docus that will receive financial grants from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.

Recipient projects were selected from more than 300 applications from 20 countries and will receive a combined total of $607,500.

Fund was established at the Sundance Institute Documentary Film program in 2002. It has distributed more than $5.2 million in support to 183 U.S. and international projects and filmmakers.

New projects represent various themes, including the experiences of soldiers in America and at war; the first HIV positive women to speak publicly in India; and the life of an army recruiter in the U.S.

Institute’s docu film program provides support to nonfiction filmmakers through creative labs, work-in-progress screenings, and related activities at various stages of the filmmaking process.

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