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Winter 2017:
The New Distrubtion Landscape

In this ever-complicated media landscape, with disruptors everywhere, and the challenge of breaking through the noise an increasingly difficult proposition, we sought to bring some clarity and guidance to filmmakers whose films weren't being sold in an auction environment at a major film festival—which is to say, the majority of documentary films being made today.

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IDA-Supported Doc of the Week

Directed by
Ryan S. Porush

In Watts, it takes an urban village to raise a school. Set against the backdrop of a politically and socially divided nation, A SCHOOL GROWS IN WATTS reflects on the dense, often tragic history of South Los Angeles and the systemic barriers facing children in inner cities like it. Weaving together the personal narratives of the students, teachers and families involved with the unconventional and overachieving charter school, Watts Learning Center, this documentary explores how an innovative, inclusive approach to education can allow even a tiny school to change the narrative for an entire community.



Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund

provides annual production grants totaling $195,000 to be used in the creation of documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States.
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