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TD-264650-19

Katahdin Foundation (Berkeley, CA 94710-1713)
Laura Bialis (Project Director: August 2018 to present)

All This Life: The Many Worlds of Roman Vishniac

Development of a film script exploring the life and work of American photographer Roman Vishniac (1897–1990) in Eastern European Jewish communities.

From the cosmopolitan streets of prewar Berlin to the shtetls in Poland to the Princeton offices of Albert Einstein, All This Life takes viewers on a journey, through the lens of one of the foremost photographers of the 20th century. Roman Vishniac is best known for having traversed Eastern Europe from 1935-38, on assignment to photograph Jewish life. A few years later these communities would be destroyed, and Vishniac’s work would provide the last visual records of an entire world, becoming iconic images in Jewish collective memory. Vishniac owes his fame to this specific collection, but his prolific – and mostly unpublished – body of work depicts an entire era of Jewish history in Europe and the US. No less important than his work as an artist, Vishniac was an avid scientist, and made major contributions in the field of microscopic photography. All This Life will illuminate Vishniac’s career and stunning photographs, and detail his dramatic life story and flamboyant personality.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; European History

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 8/31/2019


TD-266328-19

New York Foundation for the Arts (Brooklyn, NY 11201-8301)
Robert S. Levi (Project Director: January 2019 to present)

Hazel Scott: Café Society

Development of a documentary film about the African American musician and broadcast pioneer Hazel Scott (1920–81).

This is a request for a $75,000 media development grant for Hazel Scott: Café Society, a sixty-minute broadcast documentary film. The program focuses on the life and work of the African-American singer, classical and jazz pianist, stage and film actress, political activist, and broadcast pioneer, Hazel Scott (1920-1981). In a career that spanned four decades, Hazel Scott was an innovative performer whose influence impacted five seminal movements in American culture—classical music, cabaret and musical theater, jazz piano, broadcast television, and Hollywood films. Even now, almost seventy years after her groundbreaking debut as the first African-American to host a network television show, Hazel Scott’s legacy as a broadcast pioneer remains unrivaled but under-celebrated.

Project fields:
African American History; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2020


TD-266339-19

Media Process Educational Films (Chicago, IL 60607-1901)
Starr Sutherland (Project Director: January 2019 to present)

City Lights

Development of a one-hour documentary on San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore and the poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born 1919).

This is a request for $75,000 to research and script a one-hour documentary on City Lights Bookstore and Book Publishing. The iconic bookstore in San Francisco is best known as home of The Beats, but its enduring legacy has been a 65-year commitment to publishing and promoting progressive ideas that foster a more humane culture.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Journalism

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2019 – 12/31/2019


TD-266403-19

University Corporation at Monterey Bay (Seaside, CA 93955-8001)
Meghan O'Hara (Project Director: January 2019 to present)

Tektite Revisited: NASA's Forgotten Underwater Mission

Development of an eighty-minute documentary on the Tektite Program, an experimental underwater research station operated by NASA in the U.S. Virgin Islands between 1969 and 1970.

Tektite Revisited: NASA’s Forgotten Underwater Missions (working title) is an eighty-minute feature-length documentary that tells the story of the Tektite Program, an experimental underwater research station operated by NASA in the U.S. Virgin Islands between 1969-1970. A sensuous visual depiction of NASA’s manned spaceflight research in the Caribbean as an international “Space Race” came to a close, the film employs a vast collection of rarely-seen and newly-restored archival materials (16mm film, audio recordings, photographs, extensive government records), and revisits a series of unlikely missions led by America’s “aquanauts,” who lived underwater for weeks on end. Tektite Revisited uses the forgotten program as a case study for examining a Cold War-era cultural preoccupation with survival in extreme environments, and ultimately suggests the program’s role in a set of larger, global questions regarding humanity’s relationship to its home planet.

Project fields:
American Studies; Art History and Criticism; History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$74,989 (approved)
$74,989 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2019 – 4/30/2020


TD-266430-19

Center for Independent Documentary, Inc. (Boston, MA 02135-1032)
Tracie Holder (Project Director: January 2019 to present)

The People's Will

Development of a sixty-minute documentary using the 1849 Astor Place Riot as a vehicle to explore the history of theater and Shakespeare in nineteenth-century America. 

In 1849, American militia and police opened fire on a crowd of 15,000 rioters in the heart of New York City. Twenty-three people died and scores more were wounded. Improbable though it sounds, the riot was sparked by two rival productions of Macbeth and marked the first time American troops would fire on American citizens. The People's Will, a 60-minute documentary, will tell the dramatic story of the Astor Place Riot, an event all but lost to history. Based on wide-ranging scholarship, the film will explore the seething debates of the antebellum period over competing definitions of democracy, economy, and culture that would ultimately define the young republic. We are seeking a total of $74,992 to consult with our panel of scholars, write a script, and produce a sample reel for the film. Beyond the film, we have established partnerships with The Public Theater and the Folger Shakespeare Library with whom we will develop public programs and a companion traveling museum exhibition.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$74,992 (approved)
$74,992 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2019 – 7/31/2020


TD-266435-19

Anchorage Museum Association (Anchorage, AK 99501-3544)
Julie Michelle Decker (Project Director: January 2019 to present)

Alaska Documentary with Ric Burns

Development of a three-part documentary film on the history of Alaska produced through a partnership between the Anchorage Museum and Steeplechase Films.

The Anchorage Museum, in partnership with Steeplechase Films, will develop a three-part documentary series titled Alaska, produced for national broadcast. To date, no comprehensive documentary has been completed on the history and identity of Alaska. While Alaska continues to hold a strong focus for reality television and wildlife documentaries, a cohesive film based on scholarship, history and strong humanities content has not been accomplished. The film series will present the attraction that Alaska continues to hold in the American imagination, while also exploring the authentic history and experience of life in Alaska—how Alaska has emerged as a place of strong adaptation and resilience, of individualism mixed with community, innovation and diversity. The film series will explore the patterns, themes and stories of Alaska's peoples who have thrived with the land for generations--and those who are profoundly affected by either their visit or their life of calling Alaska home.

Project fields:
American Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$25,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2019 – 12/31/2019


TD-261033-18

WQED Multimedia (Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2942)
Darryl Ford Williams (Project Director: January 2018 to present)

Shanghailanders

Development of a script for a ninety-minute documentary about the social, cultural, and political legacies of European Jews who found refuge in Shanghai, China, during the late 1930s.

Project fields:
East Asian Studies; Jewish Studies

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$49,987 (approved)
$49,987 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019


TD-261142-18

WNET (New York, NY 10019-7416)
Michael Kantor (Project Director: January 2018 to present)

American Masters--Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

Development of a script and trailer for a sixty-minute documentary film on the popular singer Marian Anderson.

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Project fields:
African American History; U.S. History

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2018 – 7/31/2019


TD-261053-18

International Documentary Association (Los Angeles, CA 90010-2207)
Ben Loeterman (Project Director: January 2018 to present)

Winchelldom: The World of Walter Winchell

Development of a one-hour documentary and companion website about newspaper columnist and radio commentator Walter Winchell (1897–1972).

Project fields:
Cultural History; Journalism

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$74,995 (approved)
$74,995 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 12/31/2018


TD-261055-18

Futuro Media Group (New York, NY 10027-4843)
Charlotte Mangin (Project Director: January 2018 to present)

Unladylike

Development of a series of short documentary films and related digital components about the lives and accomplishments of women during the Progressive Era.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2018 – 1/31/2019


TD-261066-18

Center for Independent Documentary, Inc. (Boston, MA 02135-1032)
Nancy D. Kates (Project Director: January 2018 to present)

Ruth and Margaret

Development of a feature-length documentary on the lives and careers of anthropologists Margaret Mead (1901–78) and Ruth Benedict (1887–1948).

Project fields:
Anthropology; Intellectual History; Women's History

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 11/30/2019


TD-253976-17

Women Make Movies, Inc. (New York, NY 10001-5059)
Grace Raso (Project Director: August 2016 to present)

Diego & Frida in Detroit

To support Diego & Frida in Detroit, a feature documentary exploring the life and art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo during their time in 1930s Detroit, and the indelible impression they left on the cultural identity and political history of the city and its people. In Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals, he depicted Detroit’s working class, and its many races and ethnicities, on the rarefied walls of the city’s art museum—legitimizing their long-ignored cultural and historical contributions and defining Detroit’s cultural identity. Frida Kahlo faced some of her most challenging life events while living in Detroit, but through this adversity created some of her most critically acclaimed works of art and established a personal style that would define her work until the end life—changing the face of modern art along with it. Together, they brought the people of Detroit into a meaningful relationship with an art that was “theirs,” a legacy that has lasts to the present day.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Cultural History; Labor History

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$65,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


TD-256070-17

International Documentary Association (Los Angeles, CA 90010-2207)
Trisha Ziff (Project Director: January 2017 to present)

Oaxacalifornia: The Return

The development of a script for a 90-minute documentary film that would explore the lives of a family of Mexican immigrants living in Fresno, California.

In 1994 we completed Oaxacalifornia, supported by the California Council of Humanities and IMCINE-Mexico; a documentary about the Mejia family from the Mixteca, Oaxaca, who came undocumented to the U.S. looking for work. We met them after they became citizens visiting the Mixteca with their children for the summer. Our original film explored their worlds; sense of identity, culture, language and their hopes for the future. Oaxacalifornia: The Return; meets the Mejia's 23 years later; drawing on material from the original film, we look at the changes. Today all three children are married, there are seven grandchildren, none of whom have visited Mexico, nor speak Spanish. They live in Fresno, with the exception of the youngest daughter Adriana who left home, completed a university degree and married a U.S. marine. The grandchildren are second generation, Mexican-American but describe themselves as American.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Latin American Studies

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$48,153 (approved)
$48,153 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


TD-256096-17

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Kathryn P. Dietz (Project Director: January 2017 to present)

Cartooning America: The Fleischer Brothers Story

Development of a script for a feature-length documentary on the Fleischer brothers, a family of artists and producers who transformed the aesthetics and business of animation.

Cartooning America: The Fleischer Brothers Story is a feature documentary about a remarkable family of artists and inventors who revolutionized animation and brought us some of the most beloved cartoon characters of all time. Their cartoons were funny, sometimes surreal, and pure joy, with characters like Betty Boop, Popeye, and Superman who have become household names. But the Fleischers themselves are less known, and our documentary will change this, introducing a wide national audience to Max, Dave, Lou, Charlie, and Joe Fleischer, who created Fleischer Studios and a roster of characters who reflected the rough and tumble sensibilities of their own Jewish immigrant neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. Their films were urban, modern, chaotic, and rude, and they painted a picture of what it meant to be American at the beginning of the 20th century.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Media Studies

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


TD-256254-17

Women Make Movies, Inc. (New York, NY 10001-5059)
Stephanie Black (Project Director: January 2017 to present)

Jamaica Kincaid Documentary

Development of an 86-minute documentary film on the life and accomplishments of Jamaica Kincaid, an Antiguan-born novelist and poet.

We are requesting a $75,000 development grant in support of an 86-minute documentary film on the life & work of Caribbean writer Jamaica Kincaid. The documentary will trace her life from her childhood in colonial Antigua,to working as an au pair in Scarsdale, N.Y. as a teenager, to becoming the first black female staff writer for The New Yorker at age 26. Kincaid’s extraordinary path, her unique literary & frequently controversial voice will be brought to life through evocative documentary images set to narrated audio excerpts from her novels, rare archival material, interviews with scholars, and cinema verite footage reflecting daily life of the now 67-year-old writer. If awarded, the grant will support development of the film's content with literary, historical, and social science scholars; pre-interviews & archival research; a sample reel; & the writing of a comprehensive script outline.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Literature, Other; Public History

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 4/30/2020


TD-256288-17

Center for Independent Documentary, Inc. (Boston, MA 02135-1032)
Sara Bolder (Project Director: January 2017 to present)

Crip Camp: A Documentary

Scripting of a 90-minute documentary that chronicles the 1960s and early 1970s summer camp experience of teens with disabilities and follows the lives of several campers, some of whom became lifelong civil rights advocates for people with disabilities.

Just down the road from Woodstock, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a parallel revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers. Steeped in humor and the music of the era, Crip Camp explores the universal experience of summer camp awakenings that would transform lives and shape the future of the disability rights movement. Told from the point of view of former camper Jim LeBrecht, the film traces the journeys of campers—both successful and tragic—up to the present day, in this compelling and untold story of a powerful journey towards inclusion.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 3/31/2018


TD-256275-17

Inside Out Media (Oakland, CA 94610-1839)
Marc Shaffer (Project Director: January 2017 to present)

Splitting the Second: The Brilliant, Eccentric Life of Eadweard Muybridge

Scripting of a 90-minute documentary exploring the life and legacy of 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge.

Splitting the Second: The Brilliant, Eccentric Life of Eadweard Muybridge is a 90-minute documentary and educational project exploring the life, work and legacy of the 19th-century photographer. During Muybridge’s lifetime, America and Europe underwent an unprecedented period of change, driven by an explosion of new technologies, the emergence of science, and the rise of industrial capitalism. Muybridge was an important contributor to this accelerating and shrinking world and has left a legacy of tens of thousands of photographs and a profound influence over our modern visual storytelling culture. His work raises questions that continue to resonate deeply today.

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Project fields:
American Studies; Cultural History; Film History and Criticism

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2018