2017 Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grants Announced

The Jerome Foundation Board of Directors, at its Board meeting on December 3, 2017, authorized six grants based on the recommendations of the Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Program Review Panel. Of the 41 applications submitted, six grants totaling $120,000 were authorized for the productions described below:

Maria Juranic, $16,000, in support of Welcome to Disneyland, a bittersweet, character-driven short about a young girl, Zora, entering a new, frozen world known as Minnesota. Guided by imagination, Zora’s curiosity and optimism overshadow the unfamiliar as she gracefully falls into her father’s arms. Now, family reunited, she decides to brave the differences and make a new start.

John J. Kaiser, $20,000, in support of Only Dance Can Save Us. Set in the world of contemporary dance, Only Dance Can Save Us is a feature-length drama that explores the ups and downs of the artistic process.

Benjamin May, $30,000, in support of Darkness ShiningDarkness Shining documents life in Minneapolis Wet House, where chronic alcoholics live, are cared for, are allowed to drink.

Nicholas Nerburn, $29,764, in support of The Great American Think-Off. This documentary film is centered on a public philosophy contest held every year in New York Mills, Minnesota, population 1,199. Four “thinkers” who have submitted essays on an agreed-upon philosophical question are brought to New York Mills, where they are invited to make their arguments before the town, who chooses a “Great American Thinker” by vote in their elementary school’s gym.

Alisi Styles, $24,236, in support of The Kite (working title), a story about a Pacific father and daughter navigating life and their new identities as immigrants in a new land.

The Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Program Review Panel was composed of:

  • Cecilia Cornejo, 2016 Minnesota Film, Video and Digital Production grantee and cinema and media studies instructor at Carleton College in Northfield
  • Ruth Hodgins, Bentson Archivist and Programmer at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis
  • Santanu Chatterjee, cinema faculty member at Minneapolis Community & Technical College

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Guidelines and more information about the new Artist Fellowship program are now available. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 4 pm Central / 5 pm Eastern Time.

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