The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund will provide annual production grants totaling $95,000 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 6 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, 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.
Past Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund Grantees
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
André Hörmann, Director
Ingmar Trost, Producer
Thomas Bergmann, Director of Photography
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
Martha Shane, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Lana Wilson, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Tia Lessin, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Carl Deal, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Four Walls Around Me
Irene Taylor Brodsky
The New Black
Yoruba Richen, Director
Remote Area Medical
Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, Directors
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
Mary Posatko, Co-Director/Co-Producer
Emily Topper, Co-Director/Co-Producer