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Summer cycle grants have been awarded!
Dear Friends of Cinereach,

We're proud to share our Summer 2010 selection of Cinereach Grantees with you! This group of films ranges widely across the geographic and stylistic spectrums and reflects our ongoing efforts to support groundbreaking and relevant work.

Cinereach grants have been awarded to a broad array of films in a relatively short amount of time. This cycle we award deep, targeted support to eight new projects at critical moments in their creative evolution, and reinforce our existing support to three grantees who have received Cinereach funding in previous cycles.

Our organization thrives on empowering filmmakers whose work transcends political or social boundaries, and eschews or reinvents the tenets of form. We're thrilled to see how films as different as Planet of Snail and The Shark's Eye can follow such disparate characters, but both use quiet, deliberate storytelling to make rarely seen worlds immediately familiar.

We have come to expect a highly challenging selection process each cycle. Again we saw a vast body of engaging work, and making our decisions was as excruciating and as rewarding as ever. We are pleased to present our 2010 Summer Grantees:

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. » More
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.
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Informant (Nonfiction)
Dir. Jamie Meltzer | USA | In Production
An investigation into the turbulent life and journey of a prominent radical activist turned FBI informant. » More
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.
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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. » More
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. » More
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.
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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.
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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.
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We'd like to extend our gratitude to all our applicants, our grants committee and external reviewers. We continue to be encouraged and amazed by the breadth of moving and courageous work undertaken by the independent film community.

Thank you for being a part of the Cinereach family and please be in touch if you are interested in supporting any of our new projects!

We are now accepting letters of inquiry for the Winter 2011 grant cycle. Visit Cinereach.org for details, and we'll be sure to remind you as the December 1st deadline approaches.

All our best!
Adella Ladjevardi
Grants Manager
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