The Foundation for Jewish Culture granted $140,000 to five exemplary documentaries, ensuring their delivery to film festivals, television, and other distribution outlets. The grants, which range between $20,000 and $35,000 each, will enable filmmakers to pay license fees for archival footage, complete additional shooting, and reach a wider audience through outreach and engagement strategies.
This year’s grantees of the Foundation’s Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film include: Joann Sfar Draws From Memory (US/France, directed and produced by Sam Ball), a portrait of one of France’s most celebrated graphic novelists; Regarding Susan Sontag (US, directed and produced by Nancy Kates), a spotlight on the life and work of the late American writer and icon; The Law in These Parts (Israel/US, directed by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz and produced by Liran Atzmor and Laura Poitras), an examination of Israeli military tribunals in the Occupied Territories; Numbered (Israel, directed by Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai), a meditation on the relationship between Holocaust survivors and their tattoos; and The Hangman (Israel, directed by Netalie Braun and Avigail Sperber), a chronicle of Adolf Eichmann’s executioner.
This was another record year, with nearly 100 grant applications from around the world. Selected by a rigorous panel of scholars, critics, filmmakers, and curators, the 2010 grantees reflect the global diversity of contemporary Jewish culture. Check out the official press release here.
For more information about the Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film, click here.