MacArthur Awards $2.5 Million in Documentary Film Grants

MacArthur Awards $2.5 Million in Documentary Film Grants

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $2.5 million in support of nineteen documentary film projects.

Selected from nearly five hundred proposals, the projects receiving grants include After Spring, which follows two Syrian families living in a Jordanian refugee camp as they contemplate an uncertain future ($140,000); Finding America, a multi-platform series that invites local citizens to craft new and surprising stories from their community ($200,000); To Bridge the Divide, which explores efforts in a suburban high school to address racial equity and academic achievement ($200,000); Whose Streets?, which follows ongoing struggle of residents, activists, and leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, to achieve racial justice ($150,000); and Tribal Justice, which follows two tribal court judges who strive to reduce incarceration rates and heal their people through restorative justice practices ($75,000).

"MacArthur remains committed to deep and insightful journalism and media in the public interest; supporting documentary films is one way we support excellent and original nonfiction storytelling on issues that matter to our society," said Kathy Im, the foundation’s director of journalism and media. "The projects selected for funding include a mix of documentary forms, underscoring the importance of supporting both proven and new ways to tell stories that engage audiences and spark conversations."

"MacArthur Awards 19 Documentary Film Grants." John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Press Release 01/13/2016.