Pare Lorentz Doc Fund

The 2016/17 Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is now accepting applications!
 

HOW TO APPLY
 

The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund 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, and outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork and editing. A program of the International Documentary Association, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is made possible by The New York Community Trust.

About The New York Community Trust

Through the generosity of New Yorkers past and present, The New York Community Trust makes grants for a range of charitable activity important to the well-being and vitality of our city. We’ve helped make donors' charitable dreams come true since 1924.

Grants made from these funds meet the changing needs of children, youth, and families; aid in community development; improve the environment; promote health; assist people with special needs; and support education, arts, and human justice.

In addition to making grants to a broad range of nonprofit agencies, The Trust responds to urgent problems in the City by bringing people together, working with other funders, and issuing publications to help illuminate issues and explore their solutions.

The Trust is governed by a 12-member Distribution Committee composed of community leaders appointed by a variety of civic institutions.  Its staff is recognized for its experience in grantmaking, financial administration, and donor service.  Divisions are located on Long Island and in Westchester.


 

2015 Grantees

  • A first-hand look at how the murder of a teenage boy became the last straw for a community under siege. Whose Streets? is a story of love, loss, conflict, and ambition; the journey of everyday people turned freedom fighters, whose lives intertwined with a burgeoning national movement for black liberation.
  • The story of a football town divided, ROLL RED ROLL is an true crime thriller examining sexual assault in small town America.
  • A story about giant swamp rats invading coastal Louisiana and the defiant people on the edge of the world, who are defending their communities, culture, and livelihoods from the onslaught of this curious and unexpected invasive species.
  • At a moment of national reckoning on mass incarceration, what can California's experiment teach the nation?
  • The Radicals tells the harrowing story of ISIS from the perspective of the mothers of “foreign fighters”, as they attempt to grapple with the sudden and disruptive transformation of the world around them.
  • In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history, Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters within Newtown and beyond interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.
  • Denial is a movie about electricity, about gender, about filmmaking, and about all the ways we lie to ourselves even when faced with overwhelming facts. It is the story of a family coming to terms with hard personal truths against the backdrop of a global crisis.
  • A former football star and refugee of Hurricane Katrina shakes up a troubled West Oakland high school with his edgy and unorthodox approach to keeping Black and Latino kids in school.
  • At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give at-risk students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of these so-called "bad kids."

2014 Grantees

  • Overburden is the story of a fiery, pro-coal right-winger and a tenacious, environmentalist...
  • For Ahkeem follows 17-year-old Daje Shelton as she struggles to beat the odds and earn a high...
  • ALMOST SUNRISE is the inspiring true story of two friends who embark on an epic journey to heal...

2011 Grantees

  • They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. No Más Bebés is the story of Mexican...
  • AS GOES JANESVILLE reports from ground zero of America’s recession-ridden heartland — the city of...

2012 Grantees

  • Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in May 2009, there are only four American...