We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 SDF Filmmaking Grants, and grateful for the generous support of The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, which has supported these grants for the past two years.
Our panelists this year included Nashville TN based filmmaker Katy Chevigny of Big Mouth Productions, Washington DC based public media executive/producer Jacquie Jones, and Seth Gadsden, programmer of the Indie Grits Film Festival. Durham NC based filmmaker Lana Garland (a 2014 SDF Filmmaking Grant awardee) also served as a reader.
I, Destini by Nicholas Pilarski & Destini Riley
This short, animated documentary follows a fourteen year old girl, Destini, who has been forced to juggle adolescence with prison visitations, court hearings, and family struggle after her brother’s incarceration. Awarded post production grant.
The Nine-Month Withdrawal by Ashley Panzera
Caught in the policy crosshairs of the War on Drugs and the Pro-Life movement are women who become pregnant while struggling with drug addiction. This feature documentary explores what pregnancy and drug addiction really looks like. Awarded pre-production grant.
Red Wolf Revival by Roshan Patel & Madison McClintock
With the fate of the red wolves at stake, Red Wolf Revival explores whether or not these animals can survive in their last wild home in North Carolina. Awarded post production grant.
United Skates by Tina Brown & Dyana Winkler
This feature length film documents an underground subculture growing inside our country’s last standing roller rinks, from LA to North Carolina to Chicago, shedding light on the recurring pattern of racial struggle through this undiscovered artistic movement. Awarded production grant.