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by Lela Scott MacNeil
October 29th, 2010

Are you a filmmaker looking for funding for your next project? Cinereach is now accepting applications for their 2011 Winter Grant Cycle. Details here.

Started in 2006 by Phil Engelhorn and Mike Raisler, two bold and enterprising film students at NYU’s Tisch School, Cinereach has grown into one of the most important organizations in the independent film world. Their stated mission is to “champion vital stories, artfully told.” And that’s exactly what they do. Through their grants, fellowship, and productions, Cinereach is a critical force in making sure that significant and powerful independent films continue to get made.

The most recent accomplishment of their mission has been the announcement of their 2010 Summer Cycle of Grants. The projects vary wildly in terms of style, geography, and content, but all reflect Cinereach’s ongoing efforts to support groundbreaking and relevant work.

The 2010 Cinereach Summer Cycle Grantees are:

Dragonslayer (Nonfiction)
Dir. Tristan Patterson | USA | In Post-Production
A portrait of Skreech, a 23 year old pool-skating legend from Fullerton, CA, who has only a backpack, skateboard and 20 pairs of sunglasses to his name.

Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit (Nonfiction)
Dir. Tom Putnam | USA | In Production
A front-line look at the city of Detroit, as seen through the eyes of its firefighters, who are some of the busiest in the world.

Informant (Nonfiction)
Dir. Jamie Meltzer | USA | In Production
An investigation into the turbulent life and journey of a prominent radical activist turned FBI informant.

Untitled Sara Jane Moore Project (Nonfiction)
Dir. Robinson Devor | USA | In Development
A look into the mind of Sara Jane Moore, a 45 year old former socialite turned radical who was publicly exposed as double agent for the FBI and the violent Left and who attempted to assassinate President Ford.

Circumstance (Fiction)
Dir. Maryam Keshavarz | Iran | In Post-Production
In modern day Iran, three childhood friends grapple with sexuality, love, and friendship during a tumultuous adolescence.

The Shark’s Eye (Nonfiction)
Dir. Alejo Hoijman | Nicaragua | In Production
A coming of age film set in the forgotten Caribbean coast of Nicaragua where opportunities for young people are scarce and drug trafficking seems to be an easier way to make a living.

Girl Model (Nonfiction)
Dir. David Redmon & Ashley Sabin | Russia/Japan/USA | In Post-Production
Girl Model follows a complex supply chain between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., within the modeling industry. The story is told through the eyes of the scouts, agencies and a 13 year old model. » More

Teenage (Nonfiction)
Dir. Matt Wolf | Germany/UK/USA | In Development
Based on the book by the seminal punk author Jon Savage, Teenage is an unconventional historical film about youth culture before 1945—the year the term “teenage” and its popular associations came into being.

Kinyarwanda (Fiction)
Dir. Alrick Brown | Rwanda | In Post-Production
During the Rwandan genocide, some crossed the lines of hatred to protect each other. These are their stories of faith, family, courage and forgiveness. » More

Planet of Snail (Nonfiction)
Dir. Seung-Jun Yi | South Korea | In Post-Production
A deaf-blind man who once thought he could do nothing in this world learns to communicate and starts loving his life in his own way.

OK, Enough, Goodbye (Tayeb, Khalas, Yalla) (Fiction)
Dir. Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia | Lebanon | In Post-Production
A 40 year old man still living with his elderly mother has given up on the idea of becoming independent. When his mother suddenly leaves him, he is left with nothing but the company of a city and what it offers.

More information here.

Cinereach is now accepting applications for their 2011 Winter Grant Cycle. Get all the details on how to apply here.

Before you do, read this article by Cinereach’s Reva Goldberg about how to decide whether a potential funder is a good fit for your film.

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