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Untitled Bruce Conner/Soul Stirrers Project, Director Sasha Waters Freyer
Catapult is pleased to announce our recent grantees! From vigilante activists' defense of the Amazon rainforest, to the recovery of a forgotten documentary about a legendary gospel group, to the true makers of the American flag; this new group of grantees are documenting stories from far and wide with new perspectives. Read more about our recent grantees below and on our website.  

Festival season is drawing near and we are thrilled to see so many grantees nominated for awards! Cinema Eye has nominated nine Catapult Film Fund supported projects for a total of 16 awards. The IDA has nominated four Catapult Film Fund supported projects for eight awards, and after screening on PBS, Wildland took home two Emmys earlier this fall. 

Screening in theaters around the country are the recent Sundance award winners Always in Season (Jackie Olive) and Midnight Family (Luke Lorentzen), and screening in New York at DOC NYC are four Catapult Film Fund supported projects: American Factory (Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert), Anbessa (Mo Scarpelli), Midnight Family, and Ringside (Andre Hörmann).  

At IFP Week, seven Catapult Film Fund supported projects were selected to connect, learn, and partner with industry professionals as they bring their work into production. Congrats to The Liegnitz Plot (Dan Sturman), Mayor (David Osit), Murders That Matter (Marco Williams), A Place to Learn (Kevin Shaw), Punch 9 for Harold Washington (Joe Winston), Untitled Storm Lake Project (Jerry Risius), and The Bones (Jeremy Xido)

Stay tuned as we will be announcing our full slate of 2019 grantees in January 2020!

The Catapult Film Fund Team


La Bonga
Director: Sebastián Pinzón Silva
Producer: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo

Nearly twenty years after fleeing the violence of civil war, a displaced community embarks on a symbolic journey through the jungles of northern Colombia to resurrect a home that exists only in their memory. 

The Flag Makers
Co-Directors: Sharon Liese and Cynthia Wade

A behind-the-scenes look at the largest American flag factory in the United States where a tight-knit team of diverse refugees and immigrants from twelve nations cut, sew and ship 5 million American flags a year. 

Director/Producer: Alex Pritz

When a group of far right Brazilian farmers take control over a protected area of the Amazon rainforest, a vigilante activist and Indigenous militia must fight back in defense of the land and an uncontacted tribe living deep within it.

Untitled Stasi
Director/Producer: Jamie Coughlin
Director/DP: Gabriel Silverman

East Germany built a surveillance state by weaponizing citizens’ private data. Thirty years later, a victim of the secret police investigates his file and confronts those who betrayed him.

Untitled Bruce Connor/Soul Stirrers Project 
Directors: Sasha Waters Freyer
Producer: Henry Rosenthal

In 1984, artist Bruce Conner filmed over forty hours of rehearsals, performances and interviews for a documentary on the legendary gospel group, the Soul Stirrers. When he died in 2008, the project was shelved. Until now.

Untitled Kidney Donation Film
Director: Penny Lane  
Producer: Gabriel Sedgwick 

Untitled Kidney Donation Film (working title) is an exploration of organ transplantation – past, present and most of all future – woven together through my own experience of becoming a living kidney donor.  
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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. 
 Nominated for multiple IDA awards are Catapult grantees: American Factory, Always in Season, Hail Satan?, and Midnight Family 
Nominated for 16 Cinema Eye Awards are Catapult supported films: 17 Blocks, American Factory, Always in Season, Hail Satan?, Life Overtakes Me, Midnight Family, Our Time Machine, The Raft, and XY Chelsea

Congratulations to the team of Wildland. Alex Jablonski and Kahlil Hudson won 2 Emmys: Outstanding Cinematography and Outstanding Editing. 
American Factory wins two Critics Choice awards for Best Director and Best Political Documentary and is nominated for an IFP Gotham Award. It is currently screening on Netflix.

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

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