EXCLUSIVE: The Points North Institute immediately introduced recipients of three of its prestigious fellowship packages, forward of subsequent month’s Camden International Film Festival in Maine.
The trio of packages — the Points North Fellowship, North Star Fellowship, and LEF/CIFF Fellowship – will assist a complete of 16 documentary tasks now in growth within the U.S. and a dozen different international locations [see full list of projects below].
“Eighty percent of this year’s Points North-supported projects are directed or co-directed by filmmakers from backgrounds historically marginalized or excluded from the film industry,” the institute famous in a launch, “including those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, or as a person with a disability.”
The fellowship packages, 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 competition, 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 connect filmmakers with mentors, funders, and potential collaborators, using the 18th annual Camden International Film Festival (September 15-25) as a platform to build a community of support, nurture the careers of emerging nonfiction storytellers, and help them develop a stronger artistic voice,” the institute mentioned. “[T]he festival and its concurrent filmmaker labs remain one of the country’s largest and most international gatherings of the documentary community.”
“This represents another watershed year for our artist development work,” mentioned Sean Flynn, program director and co-founder of the Points North Institute. “In a rapidly changing industry, independent filmmakers are looking for inspiring spaces like Points North where they can take creative risks, build community, access resources, and develop their projects and careers on their own terms.”
Each of the three fellowships accommodates 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 widespread Points North Pitch, which will likely be moderated by Kickstarter’s Elise McCave.
- The North Star Fellowship helps 5 modern media artists and filmmakers of shade who’re creating tasks on the intersections of inventive nonfiction and modern artwork practices. The program creates space for mentorship, vital dialogue, and trade entry, enabling a deeper reference to the documentary movie neighborhood and new methods for bridging completely different modes of documentary artwork.
- The LEF/CIFF Fellowship, a program developed in partnership with the LEF Foundation, gives seven New England-based filmmakers with function documentaries in manufacturing or post-production the alternatives to attend CIFF for project growth 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 report low annual precipitation in northern Kenya, Between the Rains is a function collaboration with the Turkana-Ngaremara neighborhood that seeks to know the experiences of a childhood caught inside a standard tradition that may 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 conflict approaches, individuals depart their lands behind and observe 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 on the lookout for a lacking phrase.
Time Hunter Directed by Daniel Chein & Mark Mushiva; Produced by David Felix Sutcliffe
A revolutionary agent is dispatched to steal technology 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 Nineteen Eighties, Coming to you, for you and about you… is a lyrical exploration of unearthed neighborhood 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 lost 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 typically 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 immediately legendarized in numerous memes throughout the web and social media. Taking the memeification of Posadas as some extent of departure, We Believe! examines our renewed obsession with space 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 underneath circumstances 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 know and defend him as he turns into a person throughout turbulent occasions.
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 work out of jail and fights for the boys he left behind. It is concerning the enduring bonds of friendship solid throughout generations and the facility it offers them to struggle 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 techniques 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 circumstances, psychological sickness, and persistent ache—and lead viewers into their very own meditative trance.
In addition to the above packages produced and curated by Points North, the institute will welcome three further fellowship cohorts to this year’s competition. “Brown Girls Doc Mafia, whose mission is to bolster the creative and professional success of women and non-binary people of color working in the documentary film industry, will travel to CIFF with 2022 recipients of the BGDM Black Directors Fellowship and the BGDM Sustainable Artist Fellowship,” in keeping with a launch. “The Bay Area Video Coalition will bring the 2022-23 class of nine BAVC MediaMaker Fellows to CIFF for their first convening, where they’ll take industry meetings alongside other 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.