MacArthur Foundation Awards $2 Million in Documentary Film Grants

MacArthur Foundation Awards $2 Million in Documentary Film Grants

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced grants totaling $2 million in support of eighteen documentary film projects.

Selected from nearly five hundred proposals, the projects receiving grants include 500 Years, which examines the impact of the 2013 trial, on charges of genocide, of former Guatemalan president General Efraín Ríos Montt ($225,000); Cocaine Prison, about Bolivia's "love affair" with the drug ($50,000); Freedom Fighters, which follows a group of formerly incarcerated but exonerated men who start a detective agency to overturn wrongful convictions ($150,000); Immigrant Nation, a multi-platform project that explores the interconnectedness of U.S. immigrants, past and present ($50,000); Map Your World, an interactive Web platform that enables youth around the globe to map their communities' assets and challenges and create media to catalyze positive change ($100,000); and Trapped, which highlights the lack of accessible reproductive health care for low-income and African-American women in the South ($125,000).

"MacArthur's media grantmaking supports work that combines exceptional storytelling with high quality journalism about under-reported but important social issues," said MacArthur Foundation president Robert Gallucci. "This year's documentaries illuminate serious issues in approachable, creative, and engaging ways, including two multi-platform projects that will be interactive and encourage audiences to share their own stories."

"MacArthur Awards 18 Documentary Film Grants." John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Press Release 01/15/2014.