NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rogovy Foundation is pleased to announce the Miller / Packan Documentary Film Fund Winter 2017 award winners. The Fund awards grants totaling $150,000 to between six and ten film projects annually through its Summer and Winter open calls.
The Fund's four selections represent a cross section of interests that the Foundation supports. The award winners for this Winter period are:
The Quiet Zone — In the radio-silent town of Green Bank, West Virginia -- the only town in America with no cell phones or WiFi -- astronomers search for life beyond our planet as local residents struggle to live, love, grow up, relocate and evolve on earth. Director: Katie Dellamaggiore.
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin — Interviews and stories follow the renowned author's journey from intolerant conservative to beloved writer known for his outrageous wit and open heart. Director: Jennifer Kroot. www.documentary.org/film/untold-tales-armistead-maupin
The Guardians — An investigative documentary that examines the complicated history of court-appointed guardians in Nevada. Director: Billie Mintz.
In the Closed Room — Each year several American suspects confess to a crime they did not commit. Experts say that trained interrogators can get anybody to confess to anything. Defense lawyer Jane is determined to make this insanity stop. Director: Katrine Philp. www.goodcompanypictures.com/in-the-closed-room
During the Winter open call, nearly 200 documentary film projects were submitted to the Miller / Packan Film Fund. "We're moved by the quantity, quality and scope of the projects submitted," says Hugh Rogovy, Foundation Founder. "There's an army of non-fiction filmmakers out there," added Asher Rogovy, Foundation Vice-President, "working tirelessly to make a difference."
Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2017 open call, which ends May 15th.
About The Rogovy Foundation
The Rogovy Foundation invests in inspired people and nonprofit organizations that are working to help build a more enlightened and harmonious planet. The Foundation sees documentary film as a potent medium that broadens our vision and changes our perspectives. We provide grants to filmmakers who open our eyes.
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