EXCLUSIVE: The Points North Institute at the moment introduced recipients of three of its prestigious fellowship applications, forward of subsequent month’s Camden International Film Festival in Maine.

The trio of applications – the Points North Fellowship, North Star Fellowship, and LEF/CIFF Fellowship – will assist a complete of 16 documentary initiatives now in improvement within the U.S. and a dozen different nations [see full list of projects below].

“Eighty p.c of this yr’s Points North-supported initiatives are directed or co-directed by filmmakers from backgrounds traditionally marginalized or excluded from the movie trade,” the institute famous in a launch, “together with those that determine as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, or as an individual with a incapacity.”

The fellowship applications, consisting of personal workshops, screenings, trade conferences and different occasions, will happen each in-person through the Camden International Film Festival and on-line. The pageant, itself a program of the Points North Institute, unfolds alongside a bucolic stretch of the Maine shoreline.

“Points North’s Artist Programs are designed to attach filmmakers with mentors, funders, and potential collaborators, utilizing the 18th annual Camden International Film Festival (September 15-25) as a platform to construct a group of assist, nurture the careers of rising nonfiction storytellers, and assist them develop a stronger inventive voice,” the institute mentioned. “[T]he pageant and its concurrent filmmaker labs stay one of many nation’s largest and most worldwide gatherings of the documentary group.”

“This represents one other watershed yr for our artist improvement work,” mentioned Sean Flynn, program director and co-founder of the Points North Institute. “In a quickly altering trade, impartial filmmakers are searching for inspiring areas like Points North the place they will take artistic dangers, construct group, entry assets, and develop their initiatives and careers on their very own phrases.”

Each of the three fellowships incorporates a singular focus:

  • The Points North Fellowship helps six filmmaking groups as they develop their pitches and publicly current their documentary options in progress to a panel of funders and distributors at CIFF’s fashionable Points North Pitch, which can be moderated by Kickstarter’s Elise McCave.
  • The North Star Fellowship helps 5 revolutionary media artists and filmmakers of coloration who’re growing initiatives on the intersections of artistic nonfiction and modern artwork practices. The program creates house for mentorship, essential dialogue, and trade entry, enabling a deeper reference to the documentary movie group and new methods for bridging totally different modes of documentary artwork.
  • The LEF/CIFF Fellowship, a program developed in partnership with the LEF Foundation, presents seven New England-based filmmakers with characteristic documentaries in manufacturing or post-production the alternatives to attend CIFF for mission improvement workshops and trade conferences.

Recipients of the 2022 Points North Fellowship are:

Between the Rains Directed by Andrew Harrison Brown & Moses Thuranira; Produced by Samuel Ekomol

Filmed over the course of 4 consecutive years throughout file low annual precipitation in northern Kenya, Between the Rains is a characteristic collaboration with the Turkana-Ngaremara group that seeks to grasp the experiences of a childhood caught inside a conventional tradition that could be a casualty of local weather change.

Flying Cows Directed by Vahagn Khachatryan & Aren Malakyan; Produced by Jia Zhao

Every month, cows are shipped from Armenia to Iran on cargo planes. As battle approaches, individuals go away their lands behind and comply with the trail of their herds.

Gross National Happiness Directed by Dorottya Zurbo & Arun Bhattarai; Produced by Noémi Veronika Szakonyi

A satirical highway film of two Happiness Agents working for the Happiness Ministry of Bhutan touring door to door measuring individuals’s happiness ranges whereas trying to find their very own among the many distant Himalayan mountains.

Somebody’s Gone Directed by Cyrus Moussavi & Hubert Taylor; Produced by Brittany Nugent

Somebody’s Gone is a feature-length documentary about 94-year-old non secular singer Brother Theotis Taylor advised by a outstanding archive of footage collected by his son, Hubert. It merges Hubert’s huge dwelling video archive with modern vérité footage to inform a multi-generational, multi-vocal story of Brother Taylor and his sacred music.

The Inventory Directed by Ilana Coleman; Produced by Jamie Gonçalves & Abril López

The Inventory juxtaposes testimonials of moms trying to find their disappeared sons in opposition to a committee of linguists searching for a lacking phrase.

Time Hunter Directed by Daniel Chein & Mark Mushiva; Produced by David Felix Sutcliffe

A revolutionary agent is dispatched to steal know-how from his colonial oppressors to make use of in opposition to them. Can he assist his individuals with out dropping himself within the maze of the diaspora?

Recipients of the 2022 North Star Fellowship are:

Coming To You, For You, And About You… Directed and Produced by Alexis McCrimmon

Drawing from archival footage set within the Black media explosion of the Eighties, Coming to you, for you and about you… is a lyrical exploration of unearthed group historical past.

“Más Y Más Y Más Flores” Directed and Produced by César Martínez Barba

The cempasúchil flower, used through the Day of the Dead to information souls again dwelling, travels by a world going through grief from a worldwide pandemic.

Persian Cheetah Directed and Produced by Pegah Pasalar

In my household, there was lengthy a rumor of a misplaced Quran that held, on its final web page, the outlines of a dense household tree. Every older member of the family is aware of of the tree’s existence, however none know all of the entanglements of the branches…

The Taste of Mango Directed by Chloe Abrahams; Produced by Elliott Whitton

A lyrical exploration of motherhood and pleasure within the face of trauma, The Taste of Mango questions how we will proceed loving those that usually give us ache in return.

We Believe! Directed and Produced by Janah Elise

Calling not only for socialism in a single nation, however all through the galaxy, We Believe! is the story of Juan Posadas, an Argentine who, within the Sixties, appealed for solidarity with extraterrestrials, and whose quixotic beliefs are at the moment legendarized in numerous memes throughout the web and social media. Taking the memeification of Posadas as a degree of departure, We Believe! examines our renewed obsession with house journey and UFOs inside the context of this forgotten piece of Latin American historical past, and uncovers a nostalgia for the earnest perception that a greater world is feasible.

Recipients of the 2022 LEF/CIFF Fellowship are:

From The Land Directed by John Hulsey

From the Land displays on the unstable relationship between human life and the land beneath situations of financial precarity and environmental decline.

More Than A Name Directed by Sandra Jaffe; Produced by Eric Juhola

When a filmmaker’s adopted Chinese teenager comes out as transgender, she struggles to grasp and shield him as he turns into a person throughout turbulent instances.

Nine Directed by Rachael DeCruz & Jeremy S. Levine; Produced by Rachael DeCruz, Jeremy S. Levine, and Gerald Hankerson

Nine tells the story of Gerald Hankerson as he campaigns to get his former cellmate and father determine of jail and fights for the lads he left behind. It is concerning the enduring bonds of friendship cast throughout generations and the facility it offers them to combat an oppressive system.

The Gatherers Directed by Suzanne Greenlaw & Chek Wingo; Produced by Sunlight Media Collective

Indigenous individuals on the forefront of rematriation and land again actions within the Northeastern United States enact conventional information programs which can be elementary to maintain human life on earth.

Untitled Altered States Film Directed and Produced by Julie Mallozzi

Five disparate rituals induce altered states of consciousness to heal medical situations, psychological sickness, and continual ache—and lead viewers into their very own meditative trance.

In addition to the above applications produced and curated by Points North, the institute will welcome three extra fellowship cohorts to this yr’s pageant. “Brown Girls Doc Mafia, whose mission is to bolster the artistic {and professional} success of girls and non-binary individuals of coloration working within the documentary movie trade, will journey to CIFF with 2022 recipients of the BGDM Black Directors Fellowship and the BGDM Sustainable Artist Fellowship,” in line with a launch. “The Bay Area Video Coalition will carry the 2022-23 class of 9 BAVC MediaMaker Fellows to CIFF for his or her first convening, the place they’ll take trade conferences alongside different Points North-supported filmmakers.”

Sponsors of the Points North Institute’s 2022 Artist Programs embrace CNN Films, National Endowment for the Arts, Nia Tero, LEF Foundation, SHOWTIME®, MSNBC Films, RandomGood Foundation, Netflix, Kickstarter, TV5 Monde, ITVS, and Maine Media Workshops + College.

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