We are excited to announce that three IDA-supported titles—After Tiller, Citizen Koch, and Valentine Road—have been selected among the 16 films in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
After Tiller is one of the five films to receive grants this year from our Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund. The fund, made possible by The New York Community Trust, supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz’s work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, high production values, artistic writing, outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork and editing.
Synopsis: Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, only four doctors in the country provide late-term abortions. With unprecedented access, After Tiller goes inside the lives of these physicians working at the center of the storm. (Directors: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson)
Citizen Koch is another of the five films receiving funds from the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund, and is also a participant in IDA's Fiscal Sponsorship Program. This alternative to starting a nonprofit allows a filmmaker to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations for a documentary, with the oversight, support and endorsement of IDA.
Synopsis: In Wisconsin—birthplace of the Republican Party, government unions, “cheeseheads” and Paul Ryan—becomes a test market in the campaign to buy Democracy, and ground zero in the battle for the future of the GOP. (Directors: Carl Deal, Tia Lessin)
Also a project in IDA's Fiscal Sponsorship Program, Valentine Road is the third film selected for competition in this winter's festival. In 2008, eighth-grader Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King at point blank range. Unraveling this tragedy from point of impact, the film reveals the heartbreaking circumstances that led to the shocking crime as well as its startling aftermath. (Director: Marta Cunningham)
We are so proud of all three of these films. Good luck in Park City!