The Foundation for Jewish Culture granted $80,000 in finishing funds to 5 documentary films under their Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film. The grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 and are meant to help aid filmmakers in the post-production process and to gain a wider audience. This year, 3 of the 5 films awarded are directed by women. Since 1996, 50% of their annual recipients have been women.
Here are the women and their films who received the Kroll Film Fund.
Dancing in Jaffa – Directed by Hilla Medalia
Pierre Dulaine, an internationally renowned ballroom dancer, fulfills a life-long dream when he takes his program, DANCING CLASSROOMS, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. Over ten weeks, Pierre teaches 10-year-old Palestinian-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli children to dance together and compete together. The film explores the stories of four children, forced to confront issues of identity and racial prejudice, as they dance with their enemy. Dancing in Jaffa offers an up-close-and-personal perspective of how the future might unfold if the art of movement and dance could triumph over the politics of history and geography.
The Rosenwald Schools – Directed by Aviva Kempner
The Rosenwald Schools is a documentary on the incredible story of how Jewish businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald joined with Booker T. Washington and African American communities in the South to build over 5,000 schools when few African Americans received any public education. In addition, Rosenwald established a fund that awarded grants to primarily African American gifted artists and intellectuals. Fellowships totaling $1.65 million were given out to recipients including Marian Anderson, Ralph Bunche, W. E. B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, Dr. Charles Drew, John Hope Franklin, Zora Neale Hurston, Gordon Parks, James Baldwin, Jacob Lawrence and Woody Guthrie.
The Jewish Partisan – Directed by Julia Mintz
The Jewish Partisan will candidly tell the story of those who fought the Nazis and their collaborators from the forests of Eastern Europe and Belorussia. Men and women, some barely teens became soldiers living and fighting from bases deep in the primeval woods. There they organized scarce resources: food, supplies and munitions and took up arms, both defensively and offensively, in Jewish militias, and along -side brigades of Soviet Partisans and the Russian armies. Jewish resistance fighters faced wrenching moral questions, while carrying out deadly acts of sabotage and participating in strategic ambushes.
Gifts For The Holidays That Illuminate History, Art, and Religion
NEW YORK – 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; The Jewish Partisans (US, directed and produced by Julia Mintz), a portrait of World War II resistance fighters; Sidney Lumet: The Moral Lens (US, directed and produced by Daniel Anker), the story of one of the last century’s greatest filmmakers; The Rosenwald Schools (US, directed and produced by Aviva Kempner), a look at a visionary philanthropist’s efforts to improve African-American education; Sukkah City (US, Director and Producer: Jason Hutt), an in-depth account of a provocative public art competition and exhibition in New York City.
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.
Since 1996, the Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film has supported the completion of over 80 original documentaries that explore the Jewish experience in all its complexity. The fund was created with a lead grant from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation and sustained over 10 years with major support from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. The priority of the fund is to support projects that address significant subjects; offer fresh, challenging perspectives; engage diverse audiences; and expand the understanding of Jewish experiences.
In the past fifteen years, documentary films supported by the Kroll Fund have received Academy Award® and Emmy Award nominations, Golden Globe Awards, George Foster Peabody Awards, and prizes at festivals such as the Berlin International Film Festival, Silverdocs, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Tribeca Film Festival. Past grantees include Waltz with Bashir, The Law in These Parts, Joe Papp in Five Acts, Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, Crime After Crime, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, Off and Running, and The Rape of Europa, among others.
End 2012 with a gift to the Foundation for Jewish Culture and receive a unique and private cultural experience! For more info, please go to jewishculture.org.
screening followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Tracie Holder & Karen Thorsen,
& Mike Wallace, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of Gotham
Tuesday, December 11th, 6:30 PM
The Graduate Center / 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street, NYC
Elebash Recital Hall
seating is limited and first come first served. (no tickets or RSVP required)
Directed by Tracie Holder, Karen Thorsen
with MERYL STREEP, JAMES EARL JONES, KEVIN KLINE, CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, MARTIN SHEEN, OLYMPIA DUKAKIS, MANDY PATINKIN, NTOZAKE SHANGE and other greats of the stage and screen.
Joe Papp in Five Acts (84 mins; 2012) is the story of New York’s indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts who introduced interracial casting to the American stage, brought us free Shakespeare in the Park, Hair, and A Chorus Line, and nurtured many of our greatest playwrights, directors, and actors. Using his life and work as its prism, the film explores the issues he chose to champion: freedom of expression; democracy in the arts; and the definition of American culture.
We are thrilled to announce that WMM has been selected to compete for a million dollars through the American Giving Awards, presented by Chase. But we can’t do it without the help
Twenty-five past Chase Community Giving grant recipients-five charities in five different categories-have been chosen to participate in the American Giving Awards, presented by Chase. WMM is competing in the Heroes & Leaders category. Learn more about our category here!
Voting will run from November 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM, ET until December 4, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM, ET. The charities receiving the most votes in each of the 5 categories will receive grants. Of these five charities, the charity with the most votes in their respective category will receive $1 million, the runner up will receive $500,000, the 3rd place nonprofit will receive $250,000 and the 4th and 5th place will each receive $125,000 grants.
You can help WMM receive up to $1 million by simply visiting the Chase Community Giving page and casting your vote.
The winning charities will be announced on NBC on December 8 at 8 pm ET, hosted by Joel McHale.
NYFA Emergency Relief Fund
The Andy Warhol Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Lambent Foundation (a project of the Tides Center) have established an Emergency Relief Fund, administered by NYFA to assist artists with damages and losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Eligible artists can be working in any discipline and reside
Damages are broadly defined and include, but are not limited to: damage to physical work; damage to homes/studios/other facilities; loss of equipment or supplies; loss of income, and reimbursement for cancelled performances/appearances/engagements. We anticipate the overwhelming majority of grants will range between $1,000 and $5,000, but there may be extraordinary circumstances in which slightly smaller or larger grants might be made.
To apply, please complete the NYFA Relief Fund Application
Artists will be asked to:
1. Describe the damage sustained as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Tell us the dollar amount of the damage and your method for determining the total.
2. Tell us if they have applied to other funds or organizations to cover this loss. If so, indicate where and the status of the request (amount received, application pending, application declined).
3. Include any appropriate support materials (pay stubs, photos, receipts, contracts, etc.) as well as, a current resume/bio or link to artist website.
A separate fund has been established for arts organizations; for information email email@example.com.