Pare Lorentz Doc Fund Grantees

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 grandmother whose lives are thrust together when a mine disaster shatters their community. Through an intimate story unfolding over seven years, Overburden underscores the need for reconciliation as a...

  • For Ahkeem follows 17-year-old Daje Shelton as she struggles to beat the odds and earn a high school diploma in one of the most volatile places in the country. After getting into a fight at her North St. Louis high school, a juvenile court judge sends Daje to an experimental program that offers...

  • ALMOST SUNRISE is the inspiring true story of two friends who embark on an epic journey to heal from their time in combat.

    Filled with hope for veterans who’ve left the battlefield behind and are now seeking peace on the home front, ALMOST SUNRISE follows ex-soldiers Tom and Anthony as...

2011 Grantees

  • They came to have their babies.  They went home sterilized.  No Más Bebés is the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County hospital during the 1970s. Alongside a young Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a...

  • AS GOES JANESVILLE reports from ground zero of America’s recession-ridden heartland — the city of Janesville, Wisconsin. When bankrupt GM shuts down the community’s century-old plant, forcing workers to leave their families in search of decent jobs, local business leaders seize the moment to woo...

2012 Grantees

  • Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in May 2009, there are only four American doctors left who openly provide third-trimester abortions. After Tiller paints a complex, compassionate portrait of these physicians—Dr. LeRoy Carhart, Dr. Warren Hern, Dr. Susan Robinson and Dr....