Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grantees, 2013 - 2011

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The 2013 Grantees were:

ROOFTOP FILMS / AT&T FEATURE FILM GRANT
AT&T AT&T is the presenting sponsor of Rooftop Films 2013 Summer Series, and will award one filmmaker $10,000 cash for their feature film, at a critical stage of production.  For this grant, AT&T will award one filmmaker $10,000 cash for their feature film, at a critical stage of production. “AT&T is committed to New York City’s vibrant arts and culture scene, and we are thrilled to support independent artists through the Rooftop Films Feature Film Grant,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President - AT&T. “New York is a hub for filmmaking, aiding our cultural and economic development, and AT&T is proud to be a part of this important citywide movement. I am excited our support for the filmmaker grant has enabled the making of films like  A Chjana[2013 AT&T grantee], Western[2012 AT&T grantee] and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and look forward to their introduction to audiences across New York City.”  

The 2013 recipient is:

A Chjana

Jonas Carpignano, A Chjana
Determined and courageous Burkinabé friends, Ayiva and Abas, must persevere through the difficult journey across Africa on their way to finding new opportunities in Europe. But with their family and new home, local hostility and intolerance all hanging in the balance, Ayiva and Abas must consider what price a ‘better life’ is really worth. Rooftop screened Carpignano’s award-winning short film, A Chjana in 2012 and Bayou Blackin 2011.


ROOFTOP FILMS / DCTV EQUIPMENT & SERVICES GRANT
DCTVFounded in 1972, DCTV is an established media arts resource for NYC’s independent filmmaking community. DCTV provides affordable workshops, production equipment rentals, post-production facilities, a signature screening series, renowned youth programming, and more – all under the same roof as its award-winning documentary production house.  DCTV Post provides independent filmmakers edit, color correction, and mastering suites with the highest quality service at the lowest possible cost. For this grant, DCTV will provide our color correction/mastering suite for one feature film for up to 12 days. The 2013 recipients are:


The Great Heart of Humanity Sam Green, The Great Heart of Humanity
The Great Heart of Humanityis a new feature-length ‘live documentary’ by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green. The film, which is inspired loosely by the Guinness Book of Records, will weave together portraits of record-holding people places and things to create a meditation on fate and the outer contours of the human experience. The film will be screened with live narration and live soundtrack performed by the chamber group yMusic. Rooftop Films screened Sam Green’s film “Pie Fight ’69” (co-directed with Christian Bruno) in 2000 and his live documentaries Fogand The Biggest Smallest in 2013.


Evolution of a Criminal

Darius Clark Monroe, Evolution of a Criminal
Deep in the heart of Texas, what begins as an innocent tale of family, sacrifice, and financial hardship quickly escalates into a true-crime thriller. Fusing together compelling interviews, striking re-enactments, and home video, we are forced to ask ourselves how a 16 year old honor roll student evolved into a bank robber. Rooftop screened Monroe’s short film Trainin 2011.



Everything Absolutely

Natalie Paul, Sweet Tea
It's a hot afternoon in gentrified Brooklyn, when Nicki, a tough native Brooklynite meets for the first time her boyfriend's "baby mother" Amy - who turns out to be a Southern blond belle. The two women, as opposite as they are, challenge each other and somehow come to see each other in ways only the other can.  Sweet Teaexplores the reality of complicated relationships and complicated people - and how they desperately try to hang on, move on, make things work or let things go. Rooftop Films screened Natalie Paul's first short film, Everything Absolutely(co-directed with Terence Nance) in 2013.


ROOFTOP FILMS & EASTERN EFFECTS EQUIPMENT GRANT
Eastern Effects Since 1999, Brooklyn-based Eastern Effects has been providing Lighting & Grip Equipment rentals for Independent Feature Films, Television Productions, Corporate & Industrial Videos, Student Filmmakers, and Live Broadcast. In 2012, they opened Eastern Effects Studios and now offer NYS Level 2 Qualified sound stages, production offices, and support services to the film community. For this grant, Eastern Effects will award 30 days of lighting and grip equipment to one feature-length film. Past recipients included Benh Zeitlin's  Beasts of the Southern Wild , Andrew Semans' Nancy, Please , and Lee Isaac Chung's  Lucky Life. The 2013 recipient is:


Sweet Cheeks Todd Rohal, Sweet Cheeks
Sweet Cheeks is the story of two nine-year-old brothers, Tyson and Tyler Butterfield, growing up among the twenty-four adopted children that live together in a one-room house where they eat, sleep, and get raised up by their loving parents. The boys find a gift for their mother inside of an abandoned mailbox which leads them on a mission where they run afoul of a slick reverend with strange ideas about love, steal a car from a daredevil hobo, get chased by a 6-inch tall man in a balloon, and confront Jesus Christ in heaven above. Sweet Cheeks exists in the uncharted territory located somewhere between the  Our Gang shorts of the 1930s,  Paper MoonNight of the Hunter, Duck Soup and  Forbidden Zone. Rooftop screened Rohal’s short films Knuckleface Jonesand Hillbilly Robotin 2000 and 2001 and his feature-length films The Guatemalan Handshakein 2006 and The Catechism Cataclysmin 2012.

 


ROOFTOP FILMS & EDGEWORX POST-PRODUCTION GRANT
Edgeworks Edgeworx Studios is a post-production house based in Manhattan. With a sixteen-year track record, Edgeworx provides full service production and post-production. Their areas of expertise include motion graphic design, animation, VFX, editorial and finishing. For this grant, Edgeworx will provide 1-2 weeks of post-production services to one feature-length film. Past recipents included Ian Cheney’s  The City Dark , Sean Durkin’s  Martha Marcy May Marlene , and David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints. The 2013 recipient is:



Men Go to Battle Zachary Treitz & Kate Lyn Sheil,
Men Go To Battle  
In the fall of 1861, most Americans predicted that the War Between the States would end by Christmas. Henry and Francis Mellon couldn't care less. The two are struggling to hold on to their crumbling estate while bracing for another winter in central Kentucky. Living together in the last remaining structure on their family’s hemp farm, the two have become suffocatingly close. Francis’ practical jokes become more and more antagonistic until the night he accidentally injures Henry in a fight. Henry disappears in the night, leaving Francis alone to discover the hardship and deprivation that the war has in store for him. Rooftop has screened numerous films starring Kate Lyn Sheil, and showed Treitz’s short films The Mean Time(2008) and We’re Leaving(2011).


ROOFTOP FILMS EQUIPMENT GRANT
Rooftop Films
Rooftop Films strives to support as many filmmakers as possible. This year, one film had a particular need for generators for nighttime shooting. Through the Rooftop Equipment Rental program, we are pleased to be able to help one additional film through a special grant. The 2013 recipient is:

 



Five Star
Keith Miller, Five Star  
Five Starfollows Primo and John as they face the challenges of urban manhood. For Primo, who turned Blood at age 12 (in the movie and in real life), this includes understanding what it means to be a father and an honest man. John has to decide if gang life is the path for him. Connecting them is John’s father, who was Primo’s mentor, and whose recent death by a supposedly stray bullet sets the story in motion. Based closely on real life elements, the distinction between the story in the movie and events in the ‘real world’ is intentionally blurred. Five Staris a follow up to Keith Miller’s award winning feature Welcome to Pine Hill(Rooftop 2012) ,which was based off his short film Prince/William (Rooftop 2010).


ROOFTOP FILMS AND ADRIENNE SHELLY FOUNDATION SHORT FILM GRANT FOR WOMEN
The Adrienne Shelly Foundation

The Adrienne Shelly Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated in loving memory to the uniquely gifted actor and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, whose highly accomplished life was tragically cut short November 1, 2006. For this grant, we will award one $3,000 grant to a female director. The 2013 recipient is:




Untitled Texas Project
Heather Courtney, Untitled Texas Project
“Untitled Texas Project” will follow one reproductive services clinic’s struggle to survive in a state that has made massive cuts in family planning funding.  In their efforts to get rid of abortion, Texas state legislators have also restricted access to contraception, women wellness exams, and pre-cancer screenings, resulting in 76 clinics either closing completely or cutting family planning services.  This short documentary explores the human side of policy decisions, as we follow a year-in-the life of one west Texas clinic and the fall-out for their patients. Rooftop screened Courtney’s feature documentaries Letters from the Other Side(2006) and Where Soldiers Come From(2011) [pictured].


ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS' FUND SHORT FILM GRANT  Rooftop Films
We at Rooftop Films believe that short films do not receive the attention they deserve in the world of film, and that all too often even a festival which prominently includes short films does little for the filmmaker in the long run. For the short film grants, Rooftop Films earmarks one dollar from every regularly-priced ticket sold and every submission fee received for the Filmmakers' Fund, dispersing grants up to $3,000. The 2013 recipients are:

 


The World's Longest Yard Sale

Riley Hooper, The World’s Longest Yard Sale  
Now in its 26th year, the world's longest yard sale runs from Michigan to Alabama the first weekend of every August. It's a massive exchange of not only goods, but also cultures, customs, ideas, and narratives. Riley Hooper's short documentary focuses on objects being sold and bought along the route of the sale to reveal personal stories about the people buying and selling them — universal stories of family histories, love, loss, nostalgia, and the human experience. Rooftop screened Hooper’s film Floin 2013.


kickstarder

Yung Jake, kickstarder
“ayo this Yung Jake. i'm about to drop the most interactive rap video ever. 4 reel. it's gonna be a video that automatically inserts my supporters; the people who have my back from day one (through day 30) of the time that KS is release will be forever embedded into the video, they jus have to pay a little. my day 1-30 niggas. yeah, so whatever img you want can be dragged onto the video wherever/whenever and publicly displayed for the world to see. like on my shirt or you can be in the background of the shot in my hood. prices range on how dope the area of insertion is. Rooftop Films screened my Datamosh video in 20013 that's how they found me. email kickstarder@gmail.com to inquire about pre-ordering img spots.”


Giuseppe Makes a Movie

Mike Plante, Giuseppe Makes a Movie  
In Ventura, CA, Giuseppe Andrews makes movies in his trailer park. A former child actor, Giuseppe is inspired by the crazy independent filmmakers of history: Cassavetes, Bunuel and Fassbinder… and now has 30 features of his own. With a handwritten script, a video camera, an acting ensemble of neighbors and homeless men and a few hundred bucks, we follow Giuseppe and crew as he sets out to make a feature film in just two days and shows that filmmaking is not for a small elite group but for everyone. Made by Adam Rifkin and by Mike Plante, whose Orbit(film): Earthshort played at Rooftop in 2012.  


Island

Tom Schroeder & Lisa Paclet, Island
Isola del Giglio is the smallest island of the archipelago that includes Elba and Monte Cristo.  One of the three small villages on the island, Campese, serves as a summer vacation retreat for middle class Italian families.  Islandwill be a 12 minute animated film documenting the course of one day in Campese rendered in an impressionistic, sketchbook style. Rooftop screened Paclet’s film Ursonate(2006) and three of Schroeder’s films:  Bike Ride(2002), Bike Race(2011) and Marcel, King of Tervuren(2013).


The 2012 Grantees were:


ROOFTOP FILMS / AT&T FEATURE FILM GRANT

                    AT&T

AT&T was the presenting sponsor of Rooftop Films 2012 Summer Series, and the AT&T Feature Film Grant. “AT&T is thrilled to support independent artists with this Rooftop filmmaker grant,” said Marissa Shorenstein, President, AT&T New York. “Filmmaking is important to New York both culturally and economically and our commitment has extended even further by presenting Rooftop's 2012 Summer Series which builds audiences for the independent and emerging artists who are essential to making New York the culturally rich place that it is.” For this grant, AT&T will award one filmmaker $10,000 cash for their feature film at a critical stage of production. 


The 2012 recipient was:


BillandTurnerRoss

Bill and Turner Ross |  Western
Bill and Turner Ross' third feature film will be documentary portrait of the modern frontier. Augmented by the lives of a cross-section of residents in and around Eagle Pass, Texas, we will get a sense of the symbiosis inherent in a border community. The stories, experiences and daily trials of these people will provide a real glimpse at life along the U.S.-Mexico border. Viewers will be given the chance to explore the world behind the curtain of sensational news coverage and stereotyping. Rooftop screened the Ross brothers award-winning documentary 45365in 2009.


THE ROOFTOP FILMS & DCTV COLOR CORRECTION GRANT

 

              DCTV

Founded in 1972, DCTV is an established media arts resource for NYC’s independent filmmaking community. DCTV provides affordable workshops, production equipment rentals, post-production facilities, a signature screening series, renowned youth programming, and more – all under the same roof as its award-winning documentary production house.  DCTV Post provides independent filmmakers edit, color correction, and mastering suites with the highest quality service at the lowest possible cost. For this grant, DCTV will provide our color correction/mastering suite for one feature film for up to 12 days.


The 2012 recipient was:

Citizen Bout

Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin |  The Notorious Mr. Bout

On March 6, 2008, four men meet in a Bangkok hotel to discuss a $25 million arms deal. But two of them are undercover agents, and the conversation is secretly recorded. When officers raid the conference room, Viktor Bout, the world's most famous arms dealer, is handcuffed and put up against the wall. He famously mouths the words, "game over." That's where this documentary begins, with unprecedented behind-the-scenes footage from officials and Bout himself. Rooftop screened Gerber's documentary Full Battle Rattlein 2009.

 


ROOFTOP FILMS & EASTERN EFFECTS EQUIPMENT GRANT

            Eastern Effects

Since 1999, Brooklyn-based Eastern Effects has been providing Lighting & Grip Equipment rentals for Independent Feature Films, Television Productions, Corporate & Industrial Videos, Student Filmmakers, and Live Broadcast. In 2012, they opened Eastern Effects Studios and now offer NYS Level 2 Qualified sound stages, production offices, and support services to the film community. For this grant, Eastern Effects will award 30 days of lighting and grip equipment to one feature-length film. Past recipients included Benh Zeitlin's  Beasts of the Southern Wild , Andrew Semans'  Nancy, Please , and Lee Isaac Chung's  Lucky Life. 


The 2012 recipient was:

Funny Bunny

Allison Bagnall |  Funny Bunny 

In this off-beat comedy, a compulsive do-gooder (Kentucker Audley) and a trust fund man-child (Olly Alexander) embark on a slipshod quest to vie for the heart of an afflicted but beautiful factory-farming activist (Kate Lyn Sheil) whom they have never actually met. Rooftop screened Bagnall's film The Dish and the Spoon in 2011.


ROOFTOP FILMS & EDGEWORX POST-PRODUCTION GRANT

      Edgeworks

Edgeworx Studios is a post-production house based in Manhattan. With a sixteen-year track record, Edgeworx provides full service production and post-production. Their areas of expertise include motion graphic design, animation, VFX, editorial and finishing. For this grant, Edgeworx will provide 1-2 weeks of post-production services to one feature-length film. Past recipents included Ian Cheney’s  The City Dark , Sean Durkin’s  Martha Marcy May Marlene , and David Lowery's  Ain't Them Bodies Saints.

The 2012 recipient was:

Newlyweeds

Shaka King |  Newlyweeds

Lyle is a repo-man, an often perilous and/or heart breaking enterprise. His sole companion is his girlfriend Nina, an unemployed, capricious, dreamer. To dull the stress of their daily lives, they self-medicate with marijuana. But what should be a match made in stoner heaven turns into a love triangle gone awry in this black comedy about addiction. Rooftop screened two of King's previous films, Clockwork (2006) and Herkimer DuFrayne, 7th Grade Guidance Counselor(2011).

 

 


 

ROOFTOP FILMS EQUIPMENT GRANT

           Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films strives to support as many filmmakers as possible. This year, one film had a particular need for generators for nighttime shooting. Through the Rooftop Equipment Rental program, we are pleased to be able to help one additional film through a special grant.

The 2012 recipient was: 

Blue Ruin

Jeremy Saulnier |  Blue Ruin

In this realistic horror / thriller, when a reclusive vagrant returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge, he uncovers a terrible truth about his past and finds himself in a desperate fight to protect his estranged family.

Rooftop screened Saulnier's Goldfarb(1999) and Murder Party(2007).

 


ROOFTOP FILMS AND ADRIENNE SHELLY FOUNDATION SHORT FILM GRANT FOR WOMEN

               The Adrienne Shelly Foundation

The Adrienne Shelly Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated in loving memory to the uniquely gifted actor and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, whose highly accomplished life was tragically cut short November 1, 2006. ASF supports the artistic achievements of female actors, writers and directors through a series of scholarships and grants, providing recipients with financial support and consultative access to the Foundation's advisory board of actors, directors, producers, composers, law, publicity, academic and trade professionals. Reflecting Adrienne's spirit, generosity, courage and whimsy, its goal is to recognize the tremendous passion and commitment of women artists in creating their own work, and provide them with support and guidance particularly during periods of transition and struggle. For this grant, we will award one $3,000 grant to a female director.


The 2012 recipient was:

Sweet Honey Chile

Talibah Newman |  Sweet Honey Chile'

Sweet Honey Chile' is a film about a young boy who is larger than life, but is trapped within the confines of an absurd, suffocating world. Though weighed down by the trappings of poverty, Honey tries to help his short-fused and short-sighted mother deal with her grief. Newman's previous film, Busted on Brigham Lane, played at Rooftop Films in 2012.

 


ROOFTOP FILMS / DCTV EQUIPMENT & SERVICES SHORT FILM GRANT 

                 DCTV

DCTV Equipment Rentals is one of the only rental houses that does not require production insurance and is open 7 days a week, striving to make otherwise expensive pro camera, lighting and audio gear accessible. DCTV Workshops provide over 200 hands-on workshops in video production, post-production, producing, and graphic & web design each year, taught by working industry professionals in an intimate and interactive environment. For this grant, DCTV will provide 2-3 weeks of production equipment and workshop enrollment to two filmmakers making short films.

The 2012 recipients were:
 

Jesse Moss |  Reality Party

A documentary about a group of Southern California teenagers who get together and have a party. Then the parents show up. And the cops too. But this party is different. It's a "fake " party, to show parents what actually happens at teenage parties. But for Jace, the "director, " the experience is a kind of existential nightmare, forcing him to revisit his own painfully awkward teenage years again and again. Rooftop showed Moss' documentary Full Battle Rattle in 2009. 

Julia Pott |  Neighbors "Diamonds "

In this endearing narrative music video, a trapped little boy and a wounded girl flee to the ocean as their bodies splinter into brightly colored glitter, in a parable about the brevity of life and the need for adventure. Rooftop previously screened Pott's animated films Howard (2011) and Belly (2012).

 


ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS' FUND SHORT FILM GRANT 

       Rooftop Films

We believe that short films do not receive the attention they deserve in the world of film, and that all too often even a festival which prominently includes short films does little for the filmmaker in the long run. For the short film grants, Rooftop Films earmarks one dollar from every regularly-priced ticket sold and every submission fee received for the Filmmakers' Fund. Every year, filmmakers whose movies have screened at Rooftop Films are eligible to apply for grants for their future productions. We believe that instead of giving each filmmaker ten dollars, giving away a few larger sums (up to $3,000) toward specific projects is a better way to help the filmmakers and the independent filmmaking community in general. Past recipients have included Johannes Nyholm's  Las Palmas , Kelly Sears'  Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise , Emily Carmichael's  Ledo and Ix Battle Epically , Sara Zia Ebrahimi's Norman Schwartzkopf Made Me Gay , Moon Molson's  Crazy Beats Strong Every Time , James M. Johnston's Knife , Dustin Guy Defa's  Family Nightmare , Don Hertzfeldt's  I Am So Proud of You , and many others.

The 2012 recipients were:
 

Mauricio Arango |  We Won't Always Be Hyenas
Set in El Salado, Colombia, a town that underwent one of the most vicious massacres in recent Colombian history, this film will mix fictional and documentary elements showing how these peoples' lives have been impacted by such an event. Scripted in a non-linear fashion, the film explores the ways in which violence permeates and shatters every aspect of one's life. Rooftop showed Arango's film The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours (2012).

Stephen Irwin |  The Obvious Child
The Obvious Child is an animated film about the complicated relationship between a pet rabbit and his troubled young owner. The film explores childhood delusions and the confusion that religion can cause in a developing mind. Irwin's previous film, Moxie, played at Rooftop Films in 2012.

Nellie Kluz |  Gold Party
Gold is a commodity that thrives in uncertain economic climates; rising gold prices over the past few years have created a boom industry around precious metal scrap. Gold Party watches two gold scrap dealers at work: Kate, an entrepreneur and bodybuilder who buys gold from women at home parties, and Roy, who works long hours processing metal in a small Boston office. Kluz's previous film, Young Bird Season, played at Rooftop Films in 2012.

Edwin Martinez |  The Last Doo Wop
Set in El Salado, Colombia, a town that underwent one of the most vicious massacres in recent Colombian history, this film will mix fictional and documentary elements showing how these peoples' lives have been impacted by such an event. Scripted in a non-linear fashion, the film explores the ways in which violence permeates and shatters every aspect of one's life. Rooftop showed Arango's film The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours (2012).

David and Nathan Zellner |  Part-Time Jobs
Part-Time Jobs is a short film amalgamation involving a parallel dimension the filmmakers discovered as children. Rooftop has screened numerous Zellner films, including Kid-Thing (2012), Sasquatch Birth Journal 2 (2011), Quasar Hernandez (2007) and more.


The 2011 Grantees were:

 


ROOFTOP FILMS & EASTERN EFFECTS EQUIPMENT GRANT
              Eastern Effects

Eastern Effects is film production rental house based in Brooklyn. Since 1999, Eastern Effects has been  providing Lighting & Grip Equipment Rentals for Independent Feature Films, Television Productions,  Corporate & Industrial Videos, Student Filmmakers, and Live Broadcast.For this grant, Eastern Effects will award 30 days of lighting and grip equipment to one feature-length film.

 The 2011 recipient was:

Obvious Child

Gillian Robespierre  |  Obvious Child

In 2010, Rooftop showed Gillian’s short film of the same title, and helped place her feature screenplay in IFP’s Emerging Narrative showcase. The story follows Donna—to be played by former Saturday Night Live cast member Jenny Slate—a young woman living in Brooklyn who has just had her heart broken, and after a spontaneous one-night stand, finds that she’s pregnant. The film comically follows Donna dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and her post (post) graduate struggles. The idea of adulthood paralyzes Donna, and a world without fart jokes is very scary world to her. But as Donna’s mother and best friend share their experience with abortion, we realize that this irreverent comedy is also addressing a serious subject. Because while parts of Donna’s life may seem bleak, she is an uplifting, funny character, and a joy to watch fumble around, make mistakes, and in the end realize she is exactly where she needs to be. Finally, on her way to the clinic, she happens to run into Sam, the one-night stand who put the proverbial bun in her oven. What follows is a great first date in an unlikely location, an abortion, and a happy ending for all. 


ROOFTOP FILMS & EDGEWORX POST-PRODUCTION GRANT

Edgeworks

Edgeworx Studios is a post-production house based in Manhattan. With a fifteen year track record, Edgeworx provides full service production and post-production. Their areas of expertise include motion graphic design, animation, VFX, editorial and finishing. For this grant, Edgeworx will provide 1-2 weeks of post-production services to one feature-length film. The 2011 recipient is:

 

Obvious Child David Lowery  |  Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Rooftop screened David’s short films “A Catalogue of Anticipations” and “Pioneer,” and his debut feature, “St. Nick.” "Ain 't Them Bodies Saints" is a fiction feature that plays upon the mythology and imagery of the Western to tell an intimate story of hubris and redemption. Set roughly in the late 1970s, the film tells the tale of a renowned outlaw named Bob Muldoon, who escapes from prison after being incarcerated for a string of crimes all across the Southwest. He hightails it to his hometown in the Texas hill country, settles down in an abandoned farmhouse, and plans to call on his wife, Ruth, who years ago was his partner in crime. They now have a daughter, a little girl who was born while he was prison, and Muldoon's plan is to reunite with the two of them and steal away to the North to start new lives together. He wants to be the man in their life, to provide for them. To be the good father he never had. What he doesn 't count on, however, is that Ruth has moved on.  http://atbsfilm.com/

 


 

ROOFTOP FILMS AND ADRIENNE SHELLY FOUNDATION SHORT FILM GRANT FOR WOMEN

  The Adrienne Shelly Foundation
The Adrienne Shelly Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated in loving memory to the uniquely gifted actor and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, whose highly accomplished life was tragically cut short November 1, 2006. ASF supports the artistic achievements of female actors, writers and directors through a series of scholarships and grants, providing recipients with financial support and consultative access to the Foundation's advisory board of actors, directors, producers, composers, law, publicity, academic and trade professionals. Reflecting Adrienne 's spirit, generosity, courage and whimsy, its goal is to recognize the tremendous passion and commitment of women artists in creating their own work, and provide them with support and guidance particularly during periods of transition and struggle. For this grant, we will award one $3,000 grant to a female director. The 2011 recipient is:

 

City of Cranes Sarah Daggar-Nickson  |  A Light in the Night
Rooftop screened Sarah’s short film Dead Handsin 2011. In her new short, in the woods, in the middle of the night, a girl is running for help. She sees a light and is drawn to an old house. Inside is a young man lost in mourning. She discovers the boy’s mother has committed suicide. He has given up on life because he believes the world to be a dark and perverse place. The girl is in danger, but she has a secret- one that could save the boy or destroy him.

 


ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS' FUND SHORT FILM GRANTS 

      Rooftop Films

We believe that short films do not receive the attention they deserve in the world of film, and that all too often even a festival which prominently includes short films does little for the filmmaker in the long run. For the short film grants, Rooftop Films earmarks one dollar from every regularly-priced ticket sold and every submission fee received for the Filmmakers' Fund. Every year, filmmakers whose movies have screened at Rooftop Films are eligible to apply for grants for their future productions. We believe that instead of giving each filmmaker ten dollars, giving away a few larger sums (up to $3,000) toward specific projects is a better way to help the filmmakers and the independent filmmaking community in general.


The 2011 recipients were: 
Man on Mars

Anna Farrell  |  Man on Mars

Rooftop screened Anna’s feature documentary “12 Ways to Sunday” in 2010. “Man on Mars” is a short documentary dreamscape into the mind of A.O., an exceptional yet underprivileged 17-year old from Brooklyn, New York. Utilizing hyper-stylized scripting by the subject himself, the film takes on a dream-like state as it sways seamlessly between fiction and non-fiction. Refusing the fate imposed on him by the external world, A.O. is ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for science and for his country. Without worrying about a way to get back to Earth, A.O. stares directly into the camera, “I am Alfred Omega, and I am going to be the first man on Mars.” 

Tsunami Sakura

Lucy Walker  |  The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Rooftop Films screened Lucy’s documentary feature “Wasteland” in 2010. Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan’s recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins. A stunning visual poem about the ephemeral nature of life and the healing power of Japan’s most beloved flower. Directed by Academy Award Nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker (Waste Land), featuring photography by Aaron Phillips and music by Moby. 

 

Zachary Volker

Zachary Volker |  I'm Not Nothing

Rooftop showed Zach’s films “Wounded Man” and “Disappearance” in 2011. “I’m Not Nothing” is a modern-day crime film about our desperate recession-era existence. The film centers on Bill Ellis, an unemployed businessman who is overwhelmed with exorbitant student loans, credit card debt, and late mortgage payments (resulting in an impending foreclosure on his house). By happenstance, he finds himself in the company of a passed-out criminal and a case full of money and bizarre photographs. What follows—his decision to steal the bag; a violent scuffle; a succession of sophomoric (and humorous) criminal behaviors; and an ever-deepening hole he finds himself falling into—marks the beginning of a different life for Mr. Ellis.? 

The Seeds

Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark  |  The Seeds

Rooftop screened Todd’s feature “Flood Tide,” and the short “Let Them Believe,” the first in a series of films about artists trying to make sense of massive ecological disasters. This new chapter tells a partly fictionalized story of artist and amateur scientist Ian Page and his delivery to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault off the coast of Norway. Unable to gain access to the Vault, Page takes an ice-class expedition sailing vessel even further into the Arctic Circle in search of another place store his precious cargo. Photo credit: Mari Tefre/Global Crop Diversity Trust

 


 

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