Pare Lorentz Doc Fund

Announcing the 2015 Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund

In 2015 the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund will provide production grants totaling $195,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States. Grants will be made to up to 12 projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz's central concerns—the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems.

The 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.

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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.

Past Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund Grantees

2014 Grantees

Almost Sunrise
Director: Michael Collins
Producer: Marty Syjuco

Forty Panes 
Director: Laura Dunn

Last Resort
Directors: Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest
Producer: Nicholas Weissman
Executive Producer: Jeff Truesdell

Director: Chad Stevens
Co-producers: Elena Rue & Catherine Orr

Silent U.
Director/Producer: Liz Canner

2013 Grantees

Check It
Dana Flor, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Toby Oppenheimer, Co-Director/Co-Producer

Children of the Arctic
Nick Brandestini, Director 
Vesna Eckert, Producer
Taylor Segrest, Co-Producer

My Country No More
Rita Amal Baghdadi, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Jeremiah Hammerling, Co-Director/Co-Producer

The Punch
André Hörmann, Director
Ingmar Trost, Producer
Thomas Bergmann, Director of Photography

Rich Hill
Tracy Droz Tragos, Co-Producer/Co-Director
Andrew Droz Palermo, Co-Producer/Co-Director

Lyric R. Cabral, Co-Producer/Co-Director
David Felix Sutcliffe, Co-Producer/Co-Director


2012 Grantees

After Tiller
Martha Shane, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Lana Wilson, Co-Director/Co-Producer

Citizen Koch
Tia Lessin, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Carl Deal, Co-Director/Co-Producer

Four Walls Around Me
Irene Taylor Brodsky, Producer/Director

The New Black
Yoruba Richen, Director

Remote Area Medical
Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, Directors


2011 Grantees

¿Más Bebés?
Renee Tajima-Peña, Producer/Director

As Goes Janesville
Brad Lichtenstein, Producer/Director

Rise and Fall of ACORN: America's Most Controversial Anti-poverty Organization
Sam Pollard, Producer/Director

American Village
Mary Posatko, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Emily Topper, Co-Director/Co-Producer