Meet the Kindle Project Fall 2015 Film Fund Grantees and Awardees
Cry You One • The Black Dutchman
Movement Generation • Nanbel
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
The Shore Break • Shiraz Ksaiba • Yansa
- Dark comedy sketches set in the fictitious town of Nanbel, invoking the absurd and grotesque elements of the war on terror and beyond.
- A feature doc about the unbelievable mistreatment and wrongful conviction of four Latina lesbians in Texas.
- A female cinematographer out to explore the wilds of the Moroccan south.
- A feature doc highlighting the tensions in one South African family as they are pulled between the desire to maintain traditional lifestyles in the prevalence of extractive industries.
- Video chronicles of socially transformative performances highlighting the disappearance of the wetlands in southern Louisiana.
- A multimedia sketch series that highlights the interconnectedness of climate change, race and economics.
- A feature documentary that explores an old and racist ritual in the Netherlands.
- An actor/filmmaker/writer whose work opens a window into the personal and public struggles of LGBT communities in Uganda and Nigeria.
- A video project documenting sustainable energy and community innovation in Oaxaca and Kenya.
Meet our latest grantees and awardees. This group of ten is the epitome of what is happening in the wide world of documentary and experimental media. Farce, fierce realism, and experimentation – each project and person in this group of creators shapes and works their craft to tell the most important stories from their very unique vantage points.
It’s been a tough year on this strange planet of ours. With the increasing complexities of conflict, migration and record breaking global temperatures, there is a need to unpack the multitude of unfolding crises, create solutions, engage in critique, and, of course, instigate serious laughter. These ten filmmakers and projects are doing just that.
All grants are made possible through the Kindle Project Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation and all awards are made possible through the Kindle Project LLC.
“Cry You One” is a project that combines site specific performance and digital storytelling to highlight how rapidly one of the world’s most vibrant cultures is disappearing. It is shared on the sites of erosion in South Louisiana, where water is reclaiming land once occupied by people’s homes. Part love song, part story, part procession for our lost land, “Cry You One” celebrates the people and cultures of South Louisiana while turning clear eyes on the crisis of our vanishing coast.
Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project inspires and engages in transformative action towards the liberation and restoration of land, labor, and culture. We are rooted in vibrant social movements led by low-income communities and communities of color committed to a Just Transition away from profit and pollution and towards healthy, resilient and life-affirming local economies.
Nanbel is a dark comedy series of sketches set in the fictitious town of Nanbel – Lebnan (Lebanon) spelt backwards. In Nanbel, anything can happen – just like in the real world – and therefore the absurd and the unusual are both real and common. The victimizer is given endearing and identifiable qualities to highlight the crime or misdemeanor itself. Nanbel tries to provoke uneasy laughter or feeling and a sense of responsibility in the viewers as individuals or as a society. It does that by detaching the viewers from the victim’s suffering, until they identify with the “crime” – perhaps one that they may have already but unknowingly committed. The acting and setting are mostly realistic, but reality itself is absurd and more obscene than fiction, more grotesque than Nanbel.
Two cousins from a rural community have opposing plans to develop their homeland on South Africa’s spectacular Wild Coast. Nonhle wants to preserve their traditional Pondo lifestyle and pursue eco-tourism while Madiba plans a bustling mining town. Meanwhile, the South African Government deposes their Pondo King and Queen, who oppose the mining development.
I grew up in Tunisia and then Bournemouth. I moved to London in 1999 to take a BA in Fine Art at Middlesex University. I have 15 years experience in the creative industries having worked as a photographer, artist and facilitator, making and producing exhibitions, installations and related events until I moved into film and broadcast.
As a professional lighting camera operator I also have had specialist training such as with the Steadicam. I trained on the Tiffen Steadicam Silver course at the NFTS , and 3D filming & MOVI. I DP for drama and documentaries for TV and Film and creatively produce, direct and shoot for branding and commercial for online content, music video, live events and corporates on both stills and film, dealing with everything from briefs, pitches, pre-production, location recce, casting, scripting, shooting through to post. I have recently been shortlisted for the 2015 Raindance Film Festival.
I have had clients ranging from Channel 4, Vice media, and luxury brands such as Mandarin Hotels and financial institutions such as USB & KMPG through to The Foreign & Commonwealth Office. My last TV show I DP’d for was “Circus Girls” for Channel 4.
I am now running a surf hostel in Morocco and I am also working on writing a couple of treatments for short documentaries and stills series. I am involving young local artists and photographers that I have meet here and am going to collabrote with them, thus bringing them into the international scene of film and photography and hoping to bring their work to a new audience.
The Yansa Group is working to create a model for community-based energy generation that is locally sustainable and scalable at a global level. Our projects embody values that include environmental sustainability, community partnerships as a driver of impact, democratic decision-making and cultural diversity. Our model ensures that each project is self-sustaining and can contribute to successful and long-term economic advancement, community development, and social empowerment.