2011 FFF Recipients

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Co-chairs Nancy Rae Stone and Betsy Pollock have announced the recipients of the Foundation’s 26th Annual Finishing Fund Grant Program, which were chosen from a total of 113 submissions, made up of 71 documentaries (41 features and 30 shorts) and 41 Narrative Films (19 features and 22 shorts).  Applications came from all over the United States and all corners of the world including Chile, Ireland, Romania, Sweden, Canada and the UK.

The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund’s cash grants have been donated by Netflix, Inc. with additional support from the O'Shaughnessy Foundation.  Netflix has generously supported the program for the past several years with grants of $50,000 in funding, as well as distribution recommendations and brand association at screenings. Included in the grant is an offer from Netflix of “meaningful consultation” as the films are completed. 

The 2011 WIFF Film Finishing Fund winners are:

Narrative Feature Films:  Jenny Deller’s Future Weather and Tina Gharavi’s I Am Nasrine

Documentary Films:  Lisa Denker’s Ability:  A Film Portrait of Judy Finelli, Kristi Zea’s Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray, Allison Sargent and Debbie Lum’s  Seeking Asian Female, Roynn Lisa Simmon’s Naked, and Heather Lenz and Karen Johnson’s Kusama:  Princess of Polka Dots

Short Film:  An animated short by Natasha Subramaniam and Alisa Lapidus, Zergüt

The Foundation sincerely thanks Netflix, the O'Shaughessy Foundation and our amazing panel of judges for their invaluable support.

The 2011 Film Finishing Fund Recipients:

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ABILITY:  A FILM PORTRAIT OF JUDY FINELLI
Lisa Denker, Albany, CA

One remarkable woman transcends the burden of living with Multiple Sclerosis by reconnecting to the circus arts, her family, and regains the will to live anew. | denkerfilmworks.com

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EVERYBODY KNOWS . . .
ELIZABETH MURRAY

Kristi Zea, Valley Cottage, NY

The life and work of a remarkable woman, MoMA Retrospective Honoree Elizabeth Murray, whose paintings established her as a veritable iconoclast of the “mainstream” 20th Century art world.
everybodyknowselizabethmurray.com

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FUTURE WEATHER
Jenny Deller, Philadelphia, PA

Abandoned by her dreamer single mom, a teenage loner becomes obsessed with ecological disaster, forcing her and her grandmother, a functioning alcoholic, to rethink their futures.
futureweathermovie.com

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I AM NASRINE
Tina Gharavi, South Shields, Tyne+Wear, UK

This intimate journey of self-discovery set in modern day Tehran and the UK, follows the paths of Nasrine and Ali, a sister and brother who embark on a reluctant exile after a run-in with the police that holds more punishment than they bargained for.
iamnasrine.com | facebook.com/iamnasrine

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KUSAMA:  PRINCESS OF POLKA DOTS
Heather Lenz & Karen Johnson, Irvine, CA

The life story of avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama who rivaled pop legend Andy Warhol for press attention while living in NY in the 60s and has spent the last 30 years producing art from a Tokyo mental institution. | kusamadocumentary.com
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NAKED
Roynn Lisa Simmons,
Middletown, CT

A warm and revealing portrait of a woman confronting death who has chosen to make her story a lesson for living fully and with joy, her body an art project, and her suffering a political force for improving health care for women with breast cancer. | thenakedproject.com

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SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE
Debbie Lum & Allison Sargent,
San Francisco, CA

Two strangers, an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman, pursue a marriage brokered by the Internet.  They get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific to start a new life with him in America, in this intimate and quirky, personal documentary about modern love. | seekingasianfemale.com

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ZERGÜT
Natasha Subramaniam & Alisa Lapidus, Los Angeles, CA

Within a refrigerator, a battle ensues as moldy foods forgotten in the back rise up against the fresh ingredients that reside in the front. These confrontations escalate as foods morph, explode, and become a textural display of color and form culminating in a finale sequence that results in their obliteration. | zergutfilm.com

 


 
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