2013 FFF Recipients

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The Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund co-chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone announced the recipients of the 28th annual Film Finishing Fund grant program.  Over 113 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts were submitted from all over the world during 2013 cycle.

Netflix returned for the fifth year as major contributor of cash grants to the Fund.  They have generously supported the program and have provided distribution recommendations and brand association at screenings.  And for the first time, Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) has joined Netflix as a grantor to provide additional finishing funds to our two international narrative winners, Duhktar and Factory Girls.

The FFF also benefited from several other benefactors. This year, for the first time, PIX, the leading collaboration platform for the entertainment industry, partnered with the Women in Film, Film Finishing Fund to provide a secure platform for viewing this year's submissions. Also, Entertainment Partners, along with Movie Magic budgeting and scheduling, is offering a package of software to one of our winning narrative feature films.

The 2013 WIFF Film Finishing Fund winners are:

Narrative Feature Films:  Afia Nathaniel's Dukhtar and Mohamed Samir's The Factory Girl

Documentary Films:  Julianna Brannum's Ladonna Harris:  Indian 101; Nadine Licostie's The Last One; Maria Ramas & Kate Johnson's Mia, A Dancer's Odyssey and Dawn Porter's Spies of Mississippi.

Short Film:  Pelin Uzay's The Bravest, The Boldest

The Foundation sincerely thanks Netflix and our amazing panel of judges for their invaluable support.

The 2013 Film Finishing Fund Recipients:

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THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST
Pelin Uzay – Producer
Brooklyn, NY

Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at the projects in Harlem to tell Sayeeda Porter that her son has been killed in the war in the Middle East. She eludes them on an inner journey to gather herself before she receives the news officially---news that she already knows from the moment she sees their uniforms.

Snapshot bio: Pelin Uzay owns Pactum Films and is a partner in the New York-based Zbabam Productions. Her producing credits include The Time We Lost, Aliens Among Us, and Concerto.
www.pactumfilms.com
@PactumFilms

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DUKHTAR
Afia Nathaniel – Writer/Director/Producer
Brooklyn, NY

A Pakistani mother goes on an extraordinary journey to save her ten year old daughter from an arranged marriage.

Snapshot bio: Afia Nathaniel, filmmaker and social activist, graduated as a Dean's Fellow from Columbia University with an MFA in Film Directing. Nathanial's directorial debut Nadah had its World Premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and the film was nominated for the Golden Reel Award in Los Angeles. Long After was a recipient of the HBO Development Award and World Premiered at the Montreal Film Festival. Nathaniel was awarded the the 2013 Tribeca All Access® Adrienne Shelly Foundation Filmmaker Grant for Dukhtar. Afia is the first Pakistani filmmaker whose feature screenplay was one of the top 100 international screenplays by the Academy® in 2007 as semi-finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship.
www.zambeelfilms.com
@DukhtarTheFilm

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THE FACTORY GIRL
Mohamed Samir – Producer
Egypt

A factory worker in a low middle class area has feelings for her supervisor despite class differences, but must deal with societal pressures when a pregnancy test is found at work. An examination of life in Cairo for a working young woman with hopes, aspirations, and intelligence.

Snapshot bio: Mohamed Samir was trained in Egypt as a film editor. The Factory Girl is being directed by Mohamed Kahn, one of Egypt's best-known and most influential film directors.

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LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101
Julianna Brannum – Director/Producer
Austin, TX

Comanche activist LaDonna Harris has led an extensive life of Native political and social activism. The documentary explores how traditional cultural and leadership values are passed on to new generations.

Snapshot bio: Julianna Brannum is a documentary filmmaker out of Austin, Texas. Her credits include the feature The Creek Turns Red and the 5-part PBS special on Native American History, "We Shall Remain". In 2007 Brannum was selected as a Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Fellow. For LaDonna Harris: Indian 101, she has received grants from Sundance, National Geographic, The Rockefeller Foundation and Tribeca.
indian101themovie.com
facebook.com/indian101movie
twitter.com/jbrannum

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THE LAST ONE
Nadine Licostie – Director
New York, NY

The quest to sew the last panel into the AIDS Memorial Quilt would mean that the scourge of AIDS, the most devastating pandemic in the history of humankind, has come to a close. The filmmakers explore the history of the quilt and the breadth and diversity of those AIDS has affected, through moving portraits of the originators of the quilt and the quilt workers who maintain and contribute squares to the quilt.

www.redthreadproductions.com

 

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MIA, A DANCER'S ODYSSEY
Maria Ramas – Producer, Writer, Co-Director
Kate Johnson - Co-Director, Editor, Animation and Motion Graphics
Culver City, CA

A daughter's promise to tell her mother's story becomes the unfolding of the remarkable life of celebrated 20th Century ballerina, Mia Slavenska: a life in dance, of exile and return, of failure and success, and coming to terms with the impermanence and impact of a life in art.

Snapshot bios:
Maria Ramas has been an educator at UCLA for over 30 years teaching Educational Pedagogy and European History. As the Director of Video and Oral History for UCLA's Academic Advancement Program, she produced award-wining short documentaries. Her articles on women's history and feminist theory have been anthologized in collections along with writers such as Erich Fromm and Juliet Mitchell. This is her first feature-length documentary.
Kate Johnson's work has been seen at Cannes Film Festival, History Channel, Doc Channel, France's Channel 5, Los Angeles Film Festival, MOMA NY, ICA (London), Lincoln Center, American Film Institute, and at major conferences and film festivals internationally. She has designed video projections for live events at The Getty Center, LACMA, Ford Amphitheatre among others. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Otis College of Art and Design.
www.SlavenskaDancePreservation.org

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SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI
Dawn Porter – Director/Producer
Montclair, NJ

A look at the State of Mississippi's little known efforts to undermine the Civil Rights Movement using a network of both black and white spies who pretended to work for civil rights, while betraying the heroes who fought for equality, and the impact that the betrayal had on the movement and on the families of the spies and the activists themselves.

Snapshot bio: Dawn Porter is a documentary filmmaker who won the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival "Creative Promise Award" for Gideon's Army, which recently premiered on HBO. Porter was named in 2012 to both Realscreen's "Doc Hot Shots' 15 Emerging Directors to Watch" and The Independent's "10 Doc Filmmakers to Watch" lists. She was Executive Producer on the Tim Hutton/Meg Ryan comedy Serious Moonlight.
facebook.com/SpiesOfMississippi
@SpiesFilm

The Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) supports films by, for or about women by providing cash grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind services.

CLICK HERE for more information about the FFF program.

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THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST

Pelin Uzay – Producer
Brooklyn, NY

Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at the projects in Harlem to tell Sayeeda Porter that her son has been killed in the war in the Middle East. She eludes them on an inner journey to gather herself before she receives the news officially---news that she already knows from the moment she sees their uniforms.

DUKHTAR

Afia Nathaniel – Writer/Director/Producer,
Brooklyn, NY

A Pakistani mother goes on an extraordinary journey to save her ten year old daughter from an arranged marriage.

THE FACTORY GIRL

Mohamed Samir – Producer
Egypt

A factory worker in a low middle class area has feelings for her supervisor despite class differences, but must deal with societal pressures when a pregnancy test is found at work. An examination of life in Cairo for a working young woman with hopes, aspirations, and intelligence.

LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101

Julianna Brannum – Director/Producer
Austin, TX

Comanche activist LaDonna Harris has led an extensive life of Native political and social activism. The documentary explores how traditional cultural and leadership values are passed on to new generations.

THE LAST ONE

Nadine Licostie – Director - New York, NY

The quest to sew the last panel into the AIDS Memorial Quilt would mean that the scourge of AIDS, the most devastating pandemic in the history of humankind, has come to a close. The filmmakers explore the history of the quilt and the breadth and diversity of those AIDS has affected, through moving portraits of the originators of the quilt and the quilt workers who maintain and contribute squares to the quilt.

MIA, A DANCER'S ODYSSEY

Maria Ramas - Director/Producer Kate Johnson - Director
Culver City, CA

A daughter's promise to tell her mother's story becomes the unfolding of the remarkable life of celebrated 20th Century ballerina, Mia Slavenska: a life in dance, of exile and return, of failure and success, and coming to terms with the impermanence and impact of a life in art.

SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI

Dawn Porter – Director/Producer
Montclair, NJ

A look at the State of Mississippi's little known efforts to undermine the Civil Rights Movement using a network of both black and white spies who pretended to work for civil rights, while betraying the heroes who fought for equality, and the impact that the betrayal had on the movement and on the families of the spies and the activists themselves.


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