IDA taps quartet of films for grants

The International Documentary Assn. has tapped four feature-length documentaries, aimed at illuminating pressing social issues, to receive a total of $75,000 from the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund.

The newly established fund was created with support from The New York Community Trust to honor the legacy of Lorentz.

IDA said Sunday that it had received grant applications from 165 filmmakers. The submissions were judged on their objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, and high production values.

“¿Más Bebés?,” from Renee Tajima-Peña, received a $20,000 grant. The film explores accusations that the maternity ward at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center served as a border checkpoint for unborn babies of Mexican-origin women, who allege they were coercively sterilized at the hospital during the 1960s and 70s.

“As Goes Janesville,” from Brad Lichtenstein, received a $20,000 grant. Pic focuses on a closed auto plant and explores the future for America’s middle class.

Sam Pollard’s “Rise and Fall of ACORN: America’s Most Controversial Anti-poverty Organization” received $20,000. The pic examines how our nation’s war against poverty is really fought.

Mary Posatko and Emily Topper’s “American Village” received a $15,000 grant. Film follows the four-decade aftermath of a white family’s father being shot by three black teenagers in Baltimore, filmed by the victim’s granddaughter.

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