Hot Films in the Making
Hot Films in the Making are films that we highly support. They have excellent concepts and brilliant filmmakers, they should be in our finals in the future.
We give each filmmaker chosen for our Hot Films in the Making the opportunity to add their projects to this list. It is their choice.
Please check out the films that interest you and give them your support!
Spring Grant 2021 Hot Films in the Making
I'm young, single, and in a wheelchair. In most people's minds, my wheelchair seems to define me; people are either scared of it or think it's a bigger deal than it is. But I'm just a normal girl. I'm a young, single woman who happens to be sitting down.
Date Me tells the stories of my crazy family; the unique and often lousy ways people interact with me because of my disability; and my attempts, often failed, at dating in a wheelchair with a strained, but ongoing determination not to give up.
The Rainbow Is Black
The Rainbow Is Black is a drama about a woman being committed to a mental institution after trying to commit suicide, facing treatments dating back to the Victorian era. Her fight against this invisible illness is the catalyst for her sisters and mother to face their own demons of anger, blame, and stoic denialism, eventually driving them to make changes and amends for their past mistakes and exorcise their unhealed emotional trauma. A directorial debut with well-established actors Rebecca Grant (BBC Doctors, Sky's Lucky Man), Leo Gregory (Stoned, Top Dog), actor & executive producer Marco Robinson (#4 Netflix UK Legacy of Lies)- and DoP Tim Jolly (David Attenboroughs'A Life on our Planet').
Fall Grant 2020 Hot Films in the Making
DOG WALK HOME
The Women Who Dare To Sing
When audacious young Chinese feminist activists take to the streets, they propel gender discrimination, domestic violence, and sexual harassment to the national stage. The movement - unexpectedly colorful, creative, and at times, humorous - sways policymakers to implement new laws. The first anti-domestic violence law was passed in 2015. Sexual harassment was added to the Civil Code in 2020. As the state cracks down on NGOs, it's up to the activists to turn the new laws into action. The Women Who Dare to Sing follows four feminist leaders as they fall in love, face eviction and imprisonment, and ultimately usher in a MeToo movement as China's first sexual harassment plaintiff goes to court.
We Will Survive
'We Will Survive' is a new feature length documentary currently in production by Roberto Duque, that looks at the legacy and history of one of the UK’s most iconic drag cabaret pubs, Camden Town’s The Black Cap.
Told through retrospective interviews with former staff members, punters and stage performers, this is a story of lost memories and iconic moments in LGBT history; while presently following a group of campaigners as they fight tirelessly to reopen the now-closed venue.
Traped in lockdown due to COVID 19, a girl faces the harsh realities of her mother' failing health and the responsibility that comes with it.
PLAGUE SEASON is a short film written by the Ecuadorian director and scriptwriter Gabriela Calvache, who’s been selected for the Universal Studios’ Talent Development and Inclusion Program. Inspired by the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, PLAGUE SEASON tells the story of an abandoned corpse in the city of Guayaquil and how a 10-year-old girl is affected by it. It is a short film that appeals to a young and international audience that likes the author’s genre terror.
A story inspired by true events with a magic ending.
6 Step Story
Social partner dance is a practice that stands the test of time, evolving into new expressions within each generation. Following the Civil rights, feminist, and gay rights movements, Hustle emerged embodying the social, political, and economic circumstances of the Disco era. Come do the Hustle as we take you through its rise and fall in mainstream popularity and its current global resurgence.
The Great Now What
SURFING THE SKY
“YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS HOW HIGH OR HOW FAR YOU CAN
FLY". THEODORE VOLGOFF.
It is a film whose objective is centered on the theme of
RESILIENCE IN A SOCIAL CONTEXT THAT REQUIRES IT LIKE NEVER BEFORE. He
project name implies the concept of MODELS that invite your
monitoring, claiming values and behaviors.
"Surfing the sky" aims to support the development of the
Consciousness from shared Humanity, constituting a
invitation, an opening to our unlimited potential by taking up the
respect for the Natural and recognizing within ourselves the source of
joy as a motivator in our lives.
Cry with Me
“Cry with Me” is an autobiographical film that chronicles the director’s alter-ego, Griselda, and her experiences as a queer Latina performance artist dating in NYC. The audience is invited to witness Griselda’s whirlwind of a dating experience with 30 eccentric people, played by hired actors. In the process of filming these performances, the normally guarded and indignant Griselda confesses a traumatic event from her past, ultimately exposing the non-linear process of self-discovery.
Different people unearth the realities of Ronnie Tessler’s photographs in Crackin’ Out! Subjectivity on subjectivity rearranging what reality is. What do you see?
Crackin’ Out! is a documentary about the photographs taken by prominent Jewish photographer, Ronnie Tessler. Traveling across Canada shooting rodeos from 1976-1979, Tessler captured the exhilarating and mundane moments of rodeo life.
Crackin’ Out! explores what a photograph means to a multitude of subjective viewers — curators, photographers, cowboys, friends and family. The photograph itself takes centre stage in this film, acting as our main character and helping weave together and bind different narratives being told.
CHILDREN OF CHAMPIONS
Children of Champions is a new, high-profile, cinematically rich, international, feature-length documentary film about the impact that being an Olympian athlete has on parenting and how it shapes their children.
Given that outstanding sportsmanship requires a certain type of commitment to excellence across the board, it is not surprising that many Olympians have raised extraordinarily successful off-spring and several of them have become Olympians themselves.
Children of Champions—a fascinating, entertaining yet educational documentary—will interview star athletes and examine the unique parenting styles of Olympians who transcended greatness beyond their sport performance.
Two introspective and altruistic investigators, with their devoted and equally inquisitive and compassionate team and crew, travel the globe to test and validate the science of Agnihotra, an ancient healing technology that has the potential to mend the earth and its inhabitants. Agnihotra Documentary is a culmination of heartfelt passion, a sense of adventure and transparent objectivity. Rather than simply highlighting a series of insurmountable problems, this film investigates and analyzes a potentially powerful solution that could change our world. Our documentary brings Agnihotra, a once lost ancient healing fire, from deep underground into the light of global awareness.
CREDIBLE FEAR follows the incredible story of Yojana, a mother of two who flees brutal gang violence in Guatemala to find safety in the United States as an asylum seeker. After arriving to the US and being detained in Texas, she meets Amy, a volunteer attorney who takes on her case. As a fellow mother, Amy is immediately struck by Yojana’s reliance and fierce dedication to her children. As Amy learns Yojana’s story she vows to protect Yojana and win her asylum case no matter what it takes. Their friendship takes them on a journey that changes both of their lives forever.
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Return of the Black Madonna
RETURN OF THE BLACK MADONNA chronicles the journey of a 40-something Black woman who learns to swim, dive, and map sunken slave ships with Black marine archeologists to heal from the trauma of losing her family and the aftermath of being sexually assaulted by a white police officer when she was a teenager.
No Soy Óscar
On June 23rd, 2019, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month-old daughter Angie Valeria drowned in the Rio Grande while attempting to reach the United States. Traveling the length of the border wall to the refugee camp where Óscar and Angie spent their final days, a Latinx filmmaker weaves together notes from the field addressed to his own daughter with the narratives of Indigenous communities, residents, and refugees whose lives have been irreversibly impacted by the wall.
Rules of the Game
After discovering the body of his father and his father's dog; an apparent suicide, a man leaves his soul crushing job at People Magazine and goes on a pilgrimage to Northport Long Island to meet the lead singer of his favorite band. When he arrives to find that the band has broken up and the lead singer is no longer making music, in order to process his father's death and avoid his deepest fear of truly becoming his father's son, the man takes it upon himself, with the help of a lonely cast of characters, to get the band back together; and in so doing discovers a true sense of service, community and connection to others. Nobody Too is a comedic drama in the tone of Little Miss Sunshine.
The Stockbroker and the Goddess
This film is our sixth stop motion, made during quarantine on a micro-budget.
Logline: A high powered stockbroker is changed by an encounter with a beautiful woman. Adapted from an old folk tale.
Laura has been teaching herself stop motion in her basement in Chicago.
To read more about my filmmaking journey visit: https://mythictalesforpsyche.blogspot.com/
After the Vote
They’re trying to solve the crime of the 20th century—in the 21st century. Now, as conspiracy theories abound in our current political landscape, the JFK research community attempts to pass on "the cause" to the younger generation. But their legacy is called into question in the face of more stigmatization than ever. What will happen to this community? Why is the JFK assassination still relevant? And what role do conspiracy theories like the JFK assassination play in America today? INVISIBLE WITNESS will shed light on a small but mighty community and explore how our interpretation of history often reflects who we are as a country.
Grounded: The Roots of Revolution
Singing for Justice (working title)
SINGING FOR JUSTICE reveals the story of Faith Craig Petric (1915-2013) - a little-known but highly influential folk music icon. A charismatic and complex folk music collector, performer, and organizer, Petric’s sustained political activism earned her not only harassment from the FBI but also a devoted following over several generations of folk musicians. More than a biography, the documentary artfully weaves Petric's captivating musical and political journeys within the histories of the labor, peace, racial justice, and women’s movements she championed and the still-thriving musical communities she nurtured.
Let There Be Light
An animated short, Let There Be Light is just a slice of the amazing life of Lewis H. Latimer, an African-American inventor who made significant and unheralded advancements in the field of electrical engineering during the late 19th century. Set in 1879, our film portrays Lewis' pioneering modification to the carbon filament and highlights his wife's, Mary, struggle to support Lewis in his work and express her feeling of neglect to him. By the film's climax, Lewis changes history and the Latimers find the spark that strengthens their marriage. This special mix of romance and science is what we hope to see more often in cinema!
My Little Renaissance Girl
In this dark comedy, a body dysmorphic woman has to make a difficult decision all while her life is taken over by absurd Renaissance fanfare.
My Little Renaissance Girl asks what it means to be a woman, a friend, a mother, and a human trying to reconcile her body and her mind. It explores the humor in our darkest thoughts, the pain underlying the jokes we tell the world, and the power of owning the stories we tell ourselves.
On the eve of the biggest deal of her career, an unplanned pregnancy throws a woman's carefully planned life into chaos.
"90 BPM" is a short film examining the loss of control a couple experience when an unplanned pregnancy announces itself in their otherwise meticulous life. Filmed in the fall of 2019, "90 BPM" stars Jade Ziane and Elizabeth Conway, and is directed by David Elijah. We are currently raising funds for post production, and look forward to showing "90 BPM" at film festivals around the world.
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Summer Grant 2020 Hot Films in the Making
Albina Vision Series
A four part series that explores the history of Portland’s Albina neighborhood, the historic cultural hub of the city’s African American community, and the site of multiple waves of urban renewal and displacement. Using history as a guide, each episode tackles an important lesson from Albina’s past and juxtaposes it with the present-day work of the Albina Vision Trust and its grassroots community to use a new development plan to redesign, reimagine, and reconnect the community to the neighborhood.
Each episode will have a unique visual style, content, and storytelling approach reflecting the work of a local Black director. The series is not presenting one historical truth or perspective.
Allan Schiller: A Concert Pianist
Log-line: A forgotten world-class concert pianist finds out there is more to life than music.
This short documentary is the re-discovery and biography of one of Britain’s greatest concert pianists; Allan Schiller. Through the duality of animation (from acclaimed animator Majid Adin) and live-action, we will tell Allan’s story from a child prodigy and the cost at which the title comes in early and later life. ‘Allan Schiller: A Concert Pianist’ is the cautionary story that explores the dangers of putting titles, pressures and expectations on talented children and how the search to fulfill the unattainable status ultimately strays them from real success; family.
Anomaly is a fantastical narrative short film about, MAVERICK a mid-twenties, African American, convenience store clerk who dreams of escaping the ruined world that he was born into. He hopes to find his place in a society where he doesn’t have to constantly fear for his life. This film speaks on social issues within our society ranging from systemic racism as well as social issues within the African American community. I intend for the film to hold a mirror to society to encourage self reflection that will lead to a progressive change within our world.
Babygirl is based on a true story of an audacious, Italian-American, young mother from Long Island who has settled into the life of a mobster's wife. But, when Adele is forced to go from changing diapers and picking up after her kids, to taking matters into her own hands by running a “job” in place of her sick husband, she finds herself stepping into the role in ways she didn’t expect.
A Los Angeles-based filmmaker discovers on his 30th birthday that his great-grandfather was one of the most influential director-producers during the Golden Age of Korean Cinema. Upon further investigation, the filmmaker unravels the great-grandfather's shocking relationships with South Korea's first President, international co-producers, and the mafia.
Bella, Citizen Artist
Described as "...one of the greatest American dancers of our age," Bella Lewitzky was a talented, strong, out-spoken artist, who dedicated her creative life to protect the rights of every American citizen. Designated one of America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures by the Dance Heritage Coalition and awarded the National Medal of Arts, Lewitzky’s life demonstrates how a “uniquely Californian” artist with vision and tenacity can change the lives of her fellow citizens.
Broken "Untold Story"
Broken “Untold Story” is a film about a native Texan girl , suffering from the trauma of her past. Her story and trauma begin with sexual abuse at the hands of a close friend of her family. As Kim continues to fall victim to her past traumas, she is met with a moment of truth, a moment between life and death, which forces her to begin to revisit her past as it relates to her present life of now self-inflicted pain and suffering. An unstable life in the streets of Houston has led Kim down what seems to be a one-way road.
COLORS is a 25 minute shortfilm in which the whole world is united and dances as one in order to create an energetic shield around the globe that will protect our planet and everyone on it from a gigantic destructive energy wave coming from outer space. Everyone needs to join in for this to work, and it has to be voluntarily. These are the two main themes of this shortfilm: Uniting the people in the world and free will. Of course there are some obstacles to overcome before we can succes in this.
CUBANISM: The Revolution Was Not Televised
A hurricane is heading towards Cuba: where “invention” is a way of life and solidarity is a part of survival. Four distinct Cubans reveal their society, realities and ingenuity; in an effort to learn from this Socialist revolution’s successes and failures.
Meet LEONARDO, a socially conscious urban gardener; MISLEIDIES, an unendingly positive weightlifter training for the Paralympics; ASDRUBAL, an ex-lawyer turned poet, hustler and toy boy; and CANDELARIA, an ex-revolutionary, now an 86-year-old singer; as they share their unique critiques. 60 years after the revolution and climate change on the increase, together they must face both the political and literal hurricanes heading their way..
"Dear Tilly" is a short animal advocacy documentary framed as a letter to Carrie and Ron Shogan's adopted daughter, Tilly, a pig with a tragically short life that inspired the two to open a sanctuary where 70+ animals now reside. While Tilly may not be here to witness the lives saved by her legacy, others can. "Dear Tilly" blurs the lines between human and animal in a time where our definition of family needs to stretch far beyond our own reflection.
Dreaming in Somali
Dreaming in Somali follows the lives of four Somali Americans in the Twin Cities – a police officer during a controversy, an imam and teacher trying to improve educational opportunities for youth, a union leader fighting for better wages and working conditions, and a women’s health organizer promoting self-care and prevention in the Somali community. By depicting Somali Americans’ challenges and triumphs, the film brings to light the complex issues New Americans across the US are facing where changing demographics often engender fear and foster misconceptions about refugees, immigrants and Muslims.
A short dark dramedy about Amira, a closeted Arab-American Muslim woman, who brings her girlfriend home for her sister’s wedding weekend. Over the course of an evening, Amira grapples between happiness for her sister and the fear she will never live up to her family’s ideals. The act of performance - of dressing up, of hiding under a facade - in front of family is a main theme, one the audience will realize Amira never grew out of in relation to her straight, more traditional sister. Though there may be an intergenerational disconnect between Amira and her immigrant parents regarding her queer sexuality, Layla offers the open mind of a younger generation.
Home is a Hotel
Home is a Hotel
In The Dark Of The Valley
A Southern California mother discovers that an abandoned rocket testing facility called the Santa Susana Field Lab was the site of one of the largest nuclear accidents in United States history, and is located only 7 miles from her home. Concealed from the public eye for 20 years and never cleaned up; she grapples with the idea that the site may be responsible for exposing her daughter and the surrounding communities to cancer-causing radioactive waste. This once-timid mother puts a movement and community on her shoulders, standing up to the major corporations and government agencies responsible for the toxic site.
JOAN is a feature length dark coming-of-age drama about Joan, a 16 year old girl living in Los Angeles. She plays piano for a music academy that serves as a front for a brothel. Her father is abusive and a drunk, and her mother, Anna, is absent from the family home, but returns throughout the film in disturbing flashbacks and hallucinations of horrific, fractured memories.
JOAN is currently in pre-production with a goal to begin principal photography in late 2021, pending the outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The online space is being used now more than ever to perpetrate sexual violence. 'MOLKA' is a crime documentary that seeks to expose how the intersection of unchecked rape culture (a culture that normalises and trivialises sexual violence) and social media technology is creating a silent epidemic in South Korea. Through the journeys of survivors and the culture-shifting work of activists in their ongoing fight for justice we seek answers to two centralised questions: how has this happened? And what will it take to bring about change?
One Last Rose
One Last Rose is a documentary that exposes the underlying problems of nursing homes across the United States that rarely ever make it to public knowledge. Families across the nation are impacted daily by having their loved ones mistreated by these facilities. Sadly, many of these stories never get told, leaving those currently looking into nursing facilities blind before admitting their loved one.
With these stories, more families will be aware of what they can truly expect, what to be prepared for, and how to fight back without letting a loved one suffer the consequences of abuse, neglect, and sometimes even death. One Last Rose will be the lasting impact that invokes change.
Pieces of Us
“Pieces of Us” focuses on the intimate survival stories of four very different people from across the globe touched by LGBTQ+ hate crime, whose lives all intersect due to their brave choice to take their recovery public. A date that ends in a near death choke hold, the loss of a child to suicide after schoolyard bullying, a brutal subway platform attack on their 10th anniversary, death threats from your country while disowned by your royal parents. These stories are Pieces of Us. The film culminates at World Pride, New York City in June 2019, where all four march to commemorate the 50 years since the Stonewall uprising. Tragedy brought them together. Love healed them.
Three interconnected human destinies intertwine in search of their identity. A young man living in France, is determined to travel to Armenia to find out all the truth about his Armenian roots and his father who was killed in the war which broke out in the 1990s. A young Frenchwoman is determined to search for her Canadian roots reuniting her with her father, a volcanologist living in Iceland, who she has not met for more than twenty years after her parents’ divorce. A well-known French middle-aged professor, a descendant of a Holocaust survivor, is determined to return to Israel, to his abandoned Jewish roots in search of the meaning of life. They have to go through numerous hardships.
Suttee- A good woman
Decrypting women’s status transformation from ‘Sati’ to ‘Suttee’; seeking answers to my identity conflict as a married, Marwari woman filmmaker reproaching my family’s expectation.
/Sati/- Historical custom in India where a Hindu woman sacrificed herself atop the funeral pyre of her husband, considered as a chaste wife.
/Suttee/- A good woman
The Curious Incident of Everett Wilder
The Job of Songs