UPDATED with winners: Still I Rise Films has set 11 recipients for its inaugural Still I Rise Films Fellowship, a program that can supply monetary and mentorship help to finish winners’ 15- to 30-minute quick movies. The checklist got here from greater than 90 submissions, with a complete of $55,000 in help to be donated.
Fellows can even take part in an online rough-cut lab with peer suggestions and one-on-one mentorship with Mimi Chakarova, founder and inventive director of Still I Rise Films, and Hélène Goupil, 2020-2021 SIR fellow and collection producer; and a MasterClass on Distribution and Impact led by Liz Manashil, former supervisor at Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative, and Kristen Fitzpatrick, managing director at Field of Vision and a former director at Women Make Movies.
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“Still I Rise Films exists to provide a platform and support for visual storytellers who take risks and challenge the norm. Each of the 11 women filmmakers chosen for this year’s fellowship understood how important it is to create documentary work that changes perceptions through personal, intimate narratives,” mentioned Chakarova.
This 12 months’s recipients:
CHANTE MANMAN MWEN (MY MOTHER’S SONG) (Dir. Fedna Jacquet)
Chante Manman Mwen (My Mother’s Song) follows the journey of Raymonde Jacquet, a Haitian girl who survived being born into the poorest class of the Haitian social system and reinvented herself as an important medical employee in Boston, Mass. We hear her harrowing story of energy and survival intermixed with a robust musical efficiency sung by the heroine herself.
FREED (Dir. Annie Leclair)
As girls with a incapacity, their lives have been indelibly impacted by circumstances past their management, however for them, motherhood has spurred the will to rewrite their very own narrative. Documented over a number of years, FREED is a uncommon and deeply shifting immersion the place energy and vulnerability lock horns, and the place these girls attempt for therapeutic and success.
IF YOU DON’T ACT AS ADULTS, WE WILL (Dir. Flavia Romani)
Grit, persistence, and tenacity drive activists to vary the world, with youngsters in Latin America main the best way.
LIFE HAPPENS (Dir. Dean Radcliffe-Lynes)
Nicole decided that resulted in her being arrested and brought away from her household, nevertheless, it woke up a want and lifelong dedication to advocate for people straight impacted by an unjust felony justice system.
MEMOIRS OF MAY (Dir. Khai Thu Nguyen)
After dwelling her complete life within the shadow of her well-known painter husband in Saigon, at 66 years outdated, May takes life into her personal inventive arms by writing a memoir.
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER (Dir. Mariah Barrera)
A lyrical meditation on Barrera’s father’s and uncle’s experiences with brotherhood, incarceration, and the connection between the 2.
QUIET AS SHE IS (Dir. Arielle Knight)
Filmmaker Arielle Knight interviews members of her household matriarchy across the themes of loss, motherhood, and silence in an effort to make clear the invisible trials that immigrant girls bear.
STILL SEARCHING (Dir. Latoya Flowers)
In 2020 Damon Lamar Reed, a Chicago hip-hop artist and muralist, began portray a vivid collection of portraits titled “The Still Searching Project” of lacking Black girls and ladies within the Chicagoland space for the previous 20 years. Due to their lack of native, nationwide, and world media protection, he’s using his artistry as social justice.
TAMGLISH LORE (Dir. Amrita Singh)
A mixed-media character portrait of Shanti Nelson, a grandmother with a particular humorousness and provoking resilience that speaks to her distinctive perspective as a girl formed by her experiences dwelling in Nagercoil, India.
UNTITLED (Dir. Alexandra Roca)
Hope is what Diane has been holding on to since dependancy took over her son’s life however how a lot is an excessive amount of?
UNTITLED MUGENI FILM (Dir. Amy Bench)
One night time at her residence in southeastern Congo, 14-year-old Mugeni awakes to the sounds of bombs. As her household scatters to the encircling forests to save lots of themselves, Mugeni finds herself fully alone. From there, she units out on a outstanding solo journey throughout the globe, decided to reunite together with her misplaced family members and raise up the Banyamulenge individuals.
PREVIOUSLY, April 8, 2021: Still I Rise, a documentary movie collection and distribution platform that goals to amplify feminine voices, is launching its inaugural Still I Rise Fellowship. The $50,000 grant, designed to offer financial help to finish a 15- to 30-minute quick movie inside six months, will supply $1,000-$5,000 relying on the wants of the mission.
Along with the money award, fellows will be capable of make the most of an online rough-cut lab with peer suggestions, workshops and one-on-one mentorship with Still I Rise Films founder and inventive director Mimi Chakarova and Hélène Goupil, the 2020-2021 SIR Fellow and producer for the collection. Also accessible shall be a MasterClass on distribution and influence led by Liz Manashil, former supervisor at Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative, and Kristen Fitzpatrick, Managing Director at Field of Vision and former director of acquisition and exhibition at Women Make Movies.
Filmmakers are inspired to discover blended media, progressive sound design and contemporary methods of telling tales very like the SIR movie collection, the place the main focus is on race and migration, exploring the private experiences of people who’ve overcome adversity and are inspiring others to do the identical.
(*11*) Chakarova mentioned. “Through the fellowship, we’re honored to have the ability to foster gifted girls via mentorship applications and grants that can encourage the subsequent technology of girls filmmakers to make work that issues.
Applications are open now here. The deadline to use is May 15, 2021.