The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program has allocated $600,000 to help finance 20 feature-length documentary films.
The fund’s disbursed $4.5 million to over 125 projects in the five years since it was set up with a gift from the Open Society Institute and is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.
The 20 projects, culled from over 300 projects submitted, include how religion informs our values and beliefs; the debates over global warming; the experience of war and its aftermath and daily life in several Middle Eastern countries.
Development grants went to Francois Verster for “Dream of Shahrazad,” Astra Taylor for “Megapolis,” Kamal Aljafari for “Port of Memory,” Laura Poitras for “Release,” Carrie Lozano and Sam Green for “Speaking From the Grave” and Tod Lending for “War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning.”
Work-in-progress grants went to Phil Grabsky for “Angola Music School,” Ed Pincus and Lucia Small for “The Axe in the Attic,” Tony Gerber and Jesse Moss for “Full Battle Rattle,” Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand for “Everything’s Cool,” Weijun Chen for “Please Vote for me,” Esteban Uyarra and Michael Christofferso for “Saddam on Trial: Battle for Saddam,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner and Franco Sacchi for “Waiting for Armageddon,” Nahid Persso for “My Wives and Me,” Mahmoud Al Massad for “Recycle,” Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern for “The Devil Came on Horseback,” Maria Finitzo for “Terra Incognita: the Promise and Perils of Stem Cell Research,” Julie Bridgha for “The Sari Soldiers” and Parvez Sharma for “In the Name of Allah.”