Spring Grant Finalists

Roy W. Dean 2015 Spring Grants are now being accepted! Deadline: April 30th

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Spring Grant 2014 Winner!

The Brainwashing of My Dad
BY Jen Senko
The Brainwashing of my DadAs filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father from a non political, life-long Democrat to an angry, Right-Wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media takeover by the GOP, The Powell Memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion, especially the universities, the media and the courts, and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine. As her journey continues, we discover that her father is part of a much broader demographic, and that the story is one that affects us all. Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, grassroots activist groups such as: such as Noam Chomsky, Steve Rendall, Jeff Cohen, Eric Boehlert, George Lakoff, STOP RUSH, HearYourselfThink and others, “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the Right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has lead to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation and greater division of our country. This documentary will shine a light on how it happened (and is still happening) and lead to questions about who owns the airwaves, what rights we have as listeners/watchers and what responsibility does our government have to keep the airwaves truly fair, accurate and accountable to the truth.

Top 5

BY Kate Barry
BrickBRICK explores the raw emotional and physical experience of being a middle aged, senior transgender woman against the backdrop of post-industrial logging town in the Pacific Northwest.
The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen
BY Jennifer Abod
 Passionate PursuitsFrom inner city streets to prestigious universities, a passionate dancer and activist, confronts racism, sexism and homophobia transforming not only her own life, but the lives of those around her.
The Turn Out
BY Pearl Gluck
The Turn OutA trucker comes to the excruciating realization that he is a big part of a truck stop sex trafficking ring when he engages with an underage victim.
Tuesday Lunch
BY Diane Stark
Tuesday LunchLong Island women activists meeting for a Tuesday lunch in 1969 forge a 45-year friendship that tests and sustains them as they age.


39 ½
By Kara Herold
39 1_239 ½ mixes drama laced with irony, documentary elements, and animation to follow a single female filmmaker approaching 40 determined to have a child.
A Secret Legacy
By Sandra Alvarez
A Secret LegacyThis is the story that the CIA does not want you to know.  Will my family’s determination to learn the truth about my grandfather uncover their secret?
A Tale of Kids and Kale
By Pamela Preston
A Tale of Kids and KaleUtilizing local resources, feeding kids healthy food,  elevating women in the community.
Angel Light Documentary
By Stephanie Angel
Angel LightTen children with brain tumors join forces to change stereotypes about sickness, shining their unique light in this word as they co- create a documentary film.
Baddest Disease on the Planet: The Real Stories of Diabetes
By Allan Piper
Baddest DiseaseWith diabetes now killing more people than AIDS and breast cancer combined, the grandson of one of insulin’s pioneers goes on a mission to uncover the real stories of an under-reported epidemic.
Belly of the Beast
By Erika Cohn
The significance of “Belly of the Beast” lies in the banality of the evil it
exposes, intimately chronicling the journey of women fighting reproductive injustice
in their communities.
By Ana Lazarevic
Following the death of her parents, a young woman stirs for a fresh start, but cannot escape the haunting ties of her bloodline.
Generation Zapped
By Sabine El Gemayel & Carolyn Chen
Generation ZappedA solution oriented feature length documentary exposing the alarming health hazards of our wireless age.
Growing Up
By William Mann
Growing UpHealthy, Organic food on your doorstep and a step closer to global food security.
Letter From Cloudcroft
By Melinda Hess & Patricia Antelles
Letter from CloudcroftAn unopened 1946 letter begins a daughter’s journey uncovering her Jewish father’s past and reveals a nation’s hidden history linking the Holocaust with the U.S. space program.
Lobster Fra Diavolo
By Jane Barbara
Lobster Fra DiavoloLobster pits formidable 80 year old Nonna against a lobster who does not intend to end up as the main ingredient in the pasta dish.
Mary and Louise
By Amy Staats
Mary and LouiseAfter failing miserably on the set of their first “Talkie” Mary Pickford and Louise Brooks vow never to speak again.
Peanut Gallery
By Molly Gandour
Peanut GalleryMolly, age 26, returns to her home to talk to her parents about a subject they’ve never really discussed: her sister’s death, sixteen years earlier.
Sands of Silence
By Chelo Alvarez-Stehle
Sands of SilenceIn her 15-year quest to expose global sexual exploitation and trafficking, the filmmaker discovers that the roots of her quest lie buried in her own childhood experiences.
That’s Crazy
By Lise Zumwalt
That's CrazyCrazy explores involuntary commitment documenting the story of a young man diagnosed schizophrenic who challenges local mental health laws by quitting his meds.
By Whitney Hamilton
UnionA woman takes on her dead brother’s identity to survive in the Confederate ranks during the Civil War; marrying a widow that saves her life.

 Roy W. Dean Spring Previous Grant Winners

2014 – Jen Senko for The Brainwashing of My Dad

2013 – Helen Hall for Pictures of Infinity

2012 – Suzanne Mitchell for Running Wild

2011 – Beth Harrington for The Winding Stream

2010 – Cathryne Czubek for A Girl & A Gun

2009 – Chad A. Stevens for Coal War

2008 – Melissa Montero for Our Women Our Struggle

2007 – Shawn Batey for The Changing Face of Harlem

2006 – Alice Hurwitz & Jeff Morgan for Lilly & Leander, A Legacy of Violence

2005 – Eric Gottlieb for Wakefield Convicted, Sentenced to Die

2004 – Muriel Stockdale for NYC Spirit

2003 – Rebecca Dreyfus for Stolen