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Summer 2011 Grantees Announced

Dear Friends of Cinereach,

We’re excited to announce $350,000 in grants to 17 feature-length film projects, completing our second grant cycle of 2011. Over 1000 applications were submitted this cycle, from filmmakers based in more than 70 countries. 10 of the selected films will receive Cinereach support for the first time, while 7 are past grantees being awarded additional support.

This grant cycle includes our 100th supported film and continues our five-year tradition of funding films that confound expectations and resonate with audiences around the world. We remain committed to our belief in film as a significant force in shaping global culture, and to creating space for manifold aesthetics, stories and voices.

For the latest information on upcoming Cinereach program deadlines, visit, and keep an eye out via this email list. We also invite you to explore our revamped Grant Recipients page, where you can navigate through Cinereach films by type, phase of production, or theme. You can also read our blog to keep track of what’s happening throughout the Cinereach community.

Our Summer 2011 Grantees are:

Call Me Kuchu (Nonfiction)
Dir. Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall | Uganda | In Post-Production
As state-sanctioned homophobia reaches new heights in Uganda, David Kato, the country’s first openly gay man, will stop at nothing to liberate the LGBT community. » More

Citizen Corp (Nonfiction)
Dir. Tia Lessin & Carl Deal | USA | In ProductionA story about money, power and democracy in the aftermath of the US Supreme Court’s recent decision to treat corporations as citizens.
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City of the Caesars (Nonfiction)
Dir. Francisco Hervé | Chile | In DevelopmentWith Patagonia under grave threat from the forces of a new global colonialism, two men from radically different backgrounds and driven by radically different motivations mount separate offensives to preserve their treasured way of life.
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Cutie and the Boxer (Nonfiction)
Dir. Zachary Heinzerling | USA | In Post-Production

A meditation on companionship, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this love story explores the chaotic forty-year marriage of two New York-based, Japanese artists.
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Gabriel (Fiction)
Dir. Lou Howe | USA | In DevelopmentAs a teenager’s obsessive quest to find the first girl he ever kissed becomes increasingly frantic, his grip on reality starts to slip, putting himself and everyone around him in danger.
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God Loves Uganda (Nonfiction)
Dir. Roger Ross Williams | Uganda/USA | In ProductionA journey into the heart of East Africa, where Ugandan pastors and their American counterparts spread God’s word and evangelical values to millions desperate for a better life. » More

Informant (Nonfiction)
Dir. Jamie Meltzer | USA | In Post-ProductionAn investigation into the turbulent life and journey of a prominent radical activist turned FBI informant. » More

Inside Out (Nonfiction)
Dir. Alastair Siddons | USA, France, Tunisia, Japan, Portugal | In ProductionA look at the journey charted by the artist JR as he leads a global participatory art project that empowers people to not just see art but to make it.
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Kuichisan (Hybrid)
Dir. Maiko Endo | Japan | In Post-ProductionIn a forgotten, cross-cultured town in Okinawa, a 10 year-old boy drifts amidst his own beliefs. » More

Leviathan (Hybrid)
Dir. Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel | USA | In ProductionA portrait of contemporary New England fishing. » More

Marmato (Nonfiction)
Dir. Mark Grieco | Colombia | In Post-ProductionIn a historic Colombian gold-mining town, the miners’ way of life is threatened as a multinational mining company plans a total takeover.
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Montana Medical Marijuana Film (Nonfiction)
Dir. Rebecca Richman Cohen | USA | In Post-ProductionReflecting the controversies enveloping the marijuana industry throughout the United States, Montana braces itself to become the first state to repeal a medical marijuana law.
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Our Nixon (Nonfiction)
Dir. Penny Lane & Brian L. Frye | USA | In Post-ProductionThe forgotten Super 8 home movies of Nixon’s White House aides – and convicted Watergate conspirators – offer an intimate and surprising new glimpse into his presidency.
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Powerless (Nonfiction)
Dir. Fahad Mustafa & Deepti Kakkar | India | In ProductionIn Kanpur, India, hundreds of people risk their lives to climb up electricity poles to steal electricity. As police vehicles roll in to stop the theft, the lines are drawn for a battle over electricity.
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Tchoupitoulas (Nonfiction)
Dir. Bill Ross & Turner Ross | USA | In Post-ProductionThree young brothers explore the New Orleans night. » More

The Mosuo Sisters (Nonfiction)
Dir. Marlo Poras | China | In Post-ProductionTwo spirited daughters from China’s last remaining matriarchal society are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose the only jobs they’ve ever known. » More

White Elephants, a Congo Trilogy (Nonfiction)
Dir. Kristof Bilsen | Democratic Republic of the Congo | In ProductionA poetic look into a former colony in decay, as seen through the microcosm of three state-owned institutions. » More

Thanks for keeping in touch. More soon!

Best regards,

Adella Ladjevardi
Grants Manager

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