JANUARY | 2018

• Winter Highlights  

• 2017 Grantees

• Awards & Festival

The Oslo Diaries, directors Mor Loushy & Daniel Sivan

In 2017 we had the great privilege of learning about over 700 documentary film projects in development. Thank you to all the filmmakers who shared work with us. A total of 20 films capturing a diverse range of subjects have been awarded funding in 2017 including our latest grantees: The Ants Are Still Burning (Jay Rosenblatt & Shaleece Haas)
Flickering Lights (Anupama Srinivasan & Anirban Dutta), Rebel Hearts (Pedro Kos, Kira Carstensen, Shawnee Isaac-Smith & Judy Korin), Riotsville, USA (Sierra Pettengill, Sara Archambault, & Jamila Wignot), and Sustained Outage (Elizabeth Leiter & Tom Yellin). For a full list of our 2017 grantees see below.

We're pleased to announce a new partnership with SFFILM in the creation of the SFFILM Catapult Documentary Fellowship. The fellowship will provide support to filmmakers in the early stages of development on compelling, story-driven, feature documentary films. The fellowship includes a $10,000 grant, curated mentors whose work or artistic approach aligns with the filmmaker's goals, guidance from SFFILM and Catapult Film Fund staff, access to SFFILM's FilmHouse residency and dynamic suite of artist development services. For more information and to apply, visit sffilm.org.

Premiering at Sundance 2018, we are delighted to see Catapult Film Fund grantees The Oslo Diaries (Directors Mor Loushy & Daniel Sivan, Producers Hilla Medalia & Ina Fichman) and Wild, Wild Country (Directors Chapman Way & Maclain Way, Producer Juliana Lembi) included among the incredible slate of films at this year's Sundance Film Festival! We're proud to be an early supporter of this important work.

Best wishes for 2018!

The Catapult Film Fund Team - Lisa, Bonni, Megan & Emily 

In the last quarter we chose five new projects for Catapult Film Fund support. Rounding out our 2017 slate, this brings our total to 20 grants to help launch new projects. Our most recent five grantees are:
The Ants Are Still Burning
Director: Jay Rosenblatt
Producer: Shaleece Haas

The Ants Are Still Burning will explore a grade school event from 50 years ago and explore the nature of trauma, memory, and shame.
Flickering Lights
Directors: Anupama Srinivasan & Anirban Dutta
Producer: Anirban Dutta

A village on the Indo-Myanmar border; 70 years after Indian independence, news floats in that electricity may arrive. Life flickers between hope and frustration, and humor is the only constant.​​​​​​​
Rebel Hearts
Director: Pedro Kos
Producers: Kira Carstensen, Shawnee Isaac-Smith & Judy Korin

Rebel Hearts tells the story of an unlikely resistance group – Catholic nuns in Los Angeles who stood up to the patriarchy of the Church over fifty years ago, and continue to walk their talk today.
Riotsville, USA
Director: Sierra Pettengill
Producers: Sara Archambault & Jamila Wignot

Riotsville, USA is an archival documentary about the US Army’s response to the riots of the late 1960s: take a military base, build a mock inner-city set, cast soldiers to play rioters, burn the place down, and film it all.
Sustained Outage
Director: Elizabeth Leiter
Producer: Tom Yellin

In West Virginia, where local journalism is struggling to survive even more than the coal industry, a small, crusading newspaper is a relentless watchdog over the state’s most powerful.
The 2017 Catapult Film Fund grantees are: 
The Ants Are Still Burning
Director: Jay Rosenblatt
Producer: Shaleece Haas

Flickering Lights
Directors: Anupama Srinivasan & Anirban Dutta
Producer: Anirban Dutta

Going To Mars: the Nikki Giovanni Film 
Directors: Joe Brewster & Michèle Stephenson
Producer: Amilca Palmer

The Gold Rush Project
Director: Jon Else
Producer: Camille Servan-Schreiber

Instant Life
Director/Producers: Mark Becker & Aaron Schock

The Liegnitz Plot 
Diretor/Producer: Dan Sturman
Producers: Dylan Nelson & Gary Gilbert

Life Overtakes Me 
Directors: Kristine Samuelson & John Haptas

Mississippi Red 
Director: Kelly Duane de la Vega
Producer: Jessica Anthony

The Rashomon Effect 
Director: Lyric R. Cabral
Producer: Jessica Devaney

Rebel Hearts 
Director: Pedro Kos
Producers: Kira Carstensen, Shawnee Isaac-Smith & Judy Korin 
Riotsville, USA
Director: Sierra Pettengill
Producers: Sara Archambault & Jamila Wignot

Sunset and the Mockingbird 
Director/Producers: Adam Kahan & Jyllian Gunther
Producer: Kali Holloway

Searching for Saraswati 
Directors: Shirley Abraham & Amit Madheshiya

Sustained Outage
Director: Elizabeth Leiter
Producer: Tom Yellin

Through the Night 
Director: Loira Limbal

Untitled Abu Zubaydah Film
Director: Alex Gibney
Producer: Adrian Levy 

Untitled Ghost Town Murder Film 
Director/Producer: Keven McAlester

Untitled Ramona S. Diaz Film
The Untitled Ramona S. Diaz Film explores the relationship between fear and the institutions empowered to protect us. 

Untitled Religious Activism Documentary
Director: Penny Lane
Producer Gabriel Sedgwick

Untitled Syrian Families Film 
Director/Producer: Megan Mylan
Producers: Robin Hessman & Alaá Hassan
For more about the grantees, please visit: www.catapultfilmfund.org/films

(Please assume that if you have submitted an application, but have not yet heard from us, that your project is still under consideration by our review team.)

We're pleased to see so many Catapult supported films winning awards and screening to audiences at festivals, in theaters, and streaming. Below are just a few highlights. Congratulations to all the filmmakers! 

Ramona Diaz's Motherland received a Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Read more about the award.

Cameraperon (Kirsten Johnson & Marilyn Ness) and Weiner (Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg) were included among Vogue Magazine's "61 Best Documentaries of All Time". See the full list.

Amal (Mohammed Siam) opened the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) in November 2017. Fellow Catapult grantees Ask the Sexpert (Vaishali Sinha), City of the Sun (Rati Oneli)and When God Sleeps (Till Schuader & Sara Nodjoumi) also screened. 

The Reagan Show director Sierra Pettengill was selected to join the 2017 Sundance Art of Nonfiction cohort which encourages the creative process of boundary-pushing nonfiction filmmakers though a year-long fellowship and grants. What an honor to be included in this very special group of artists.

The Oslo Diaries
Directors: Mor Loushy & Daniel Sivan
Producers: Hilla Medalia & Ina Fichman

Wild, Wild Country
Directors: Chapman Way & Maclain Way
Producer: Juliana Lembi

This spring, Ask the Sexpert (Vaishali Sinha) and True Conviction (Jamie Meltzer) will screen at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) as a part of a documentary film series. Later this month, Ask the Sexpert will also be available on streaming on Netflix India

Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to help story-driven and cinematic documentary films get off the ground.

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