The Foundation for Jewish Culture granted $80,000 in finishing funds to five exemplary documentaries, ensuring their delivery to film festivals, television, and other distribution outlets. The grants, which range between $10,000 and $20,000 each, will enable filmmakers to complete additional editing and shooting, pay license fees for music and archival footage, 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:
Dancing in Jaffa (US/Israel, directed and produced by Hilla Medalia), a film about Israeli and Palestinian schoolchildren performing and learning together;
Sidney Lumet: The Moral Lens (US, directed and produced by Daniel Anker), the story of one of the last century’s greatest filmmakers;
Sukkah City (US, Director and Producer: Jason Hutt), an in-depth account of a provocative public art competition and exhibition in New York City.
The Jewish Partisans (US, directed and produced by Julia Mintz), a portrait of World War II resistance fighters;
The Rosenwald Schools (US, directed and produced by Aviva Kempner), a look at a visionary philanthropist’s efforts to improve African-American education;
This year the Foundation received 79 completed applications from around the world for documentary film post-production support. A rigorous, two-tiered panel of scholars, critics, filmmakers, and curators reviewed submissions and recommended grantees. Panelists included, Brian Ackerman, Andrew Catauro, Olga Gershenson, Tracie Holder, Andrew Ingall, Annette Insdorf and Daphne Merkin.