Voqal and Chicago Filmmakers are pleased to announce that the "Chicago Digital Media Production Fund" has awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to fourteen Chicago digital media makers. Now in its second year, the increased fund was able to award 14 Chicago digital media artists' grants ranging from $4,200 to $10,000.
The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is a project of Voqal and is administered by Chicago Filmmakers. The goal of the fund is to support media arts projects intended for online distribution. Guidelines stipulated that digital media of any length or genre would be considered, but projects needed to promote progressive social change, be appropriate for youth, and be made available for viewing for free online in order to reach the widest possible audience. The fund was intended to support artists with varying levels of experience; both to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as to provide opportunities for emerging and younger artists.
Awarded projects include:
Adventure Sandwich by Lily Emerson // Citizen Primer by Eric Patrick // Chicago Glove Project by Olivia Curry //
Chicago Shareef by Nushmia Khan // Detroit Lights by Alexander Hughes //
Falling Through the Cracks: Public School Closings in Chicago (working title) by Rachel Dickson //
I Live: A Trans* Toolkit for Youth by Andre Perez/Trans Oral History Project //
Les Oiseaux (working title) by Jeff Perlman // RIGHTS: The Moment by Carley Mostar //
South Chicago: In Progress (working title) by David Granskog // Two-A-Days by April Wilson //
Throw Your L's Up: The Clique Phenomenon and the Search for Power and Identity on Chicago's South Side by Jon Lowenstein // We Are Not Dreaming Anymore by Sergio Perez/Centro Sin Fronteras //
63 Boycott by Zak Piper/Kartemquin Films
Click here for project synopsis and panelist bios.
All projects are scheduled for completion and online viewing by May 15, 2014.