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Logan Elevate Grant provides funds to emerging women and non-binary filmmakers of color directing feature-length journalistic documentary films. From 2022 onward IDA will award $30,000 to three grantees. This grant provides story consulting for grantees and also funds educational programming throughout the year. This program is made possible by the generosity of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation.

2022/23 Grantees

Paige Bethmann

Paige Bethmann

About the Project

Paige is a Haudenosaunee director/producer based in Reno, Nevada. Over the last 10 years, Paige has worked in non-fiction television for various digital and broadcast networks such as Vox Media, Facebook, Youtube Originals, USA and NBC. Her latest project, Emmy nominated series Glad You Asked centered around issues of racial injustice and premiered in July of 2021. Paige is currently a Logan Non-Fiction Fellow and 2022 PGA Create fellow. A graduate of Ithaca College, Paige has a bachelor's degree in Film, Television, and Radio from the Park School of Communications. Remaining Native will be her directorial debut.

Remaining Native

Ku Stevens, a high school senior, has the skill and drive to become an elite runner. But he struggles to find the balance between an exclusive sport that glorifies individual triumph and the values of interconnectedness and community he was raised with on the Paiute reservation in Nevada. Despite not having access to a coach, cross-country team, or recruiters, Ku is determined to get a running scholarship. When the remains of thousands of Native American children are discovered across North America, Ku's painful family history is unearthed, forcing him to reexamine his own identity. Ku’s own great-grandfather escaped an Indian boarding school by foot at age 8. In an act of remembrance and reconciliation, Ku sets out to run the same 50-mile escape route his great-grandfather took. Remaining Native is a coming-of-age story that asks if it’s possible to run from home without running away from who you are.

Chelsea Hernandez

Chelsea Hernadez

About the Project

Chelsea is an Emmy-nominated Mexican-American filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. Named as DOC NYC’s 2021 40 Under 40 Class, Chelsea has worked for ten years in the documentary television and film industry on such projects like PBS national broadcast special, FIXING THE FUTURE, hosted by David Brancaccio of NPR’s Marketplace and diBefore Covid19 and a white nationalist insurrection dominated headlines, Emily Ramshaw wanted to do something radical about the white men dominating newsrooms. “70% of policy and politics editors are men, alrected by Ellen Spiro (BODY OF WAR), UNITED TACOS OF AMERICA an 8 episode series for El Rey Network and most recently on THAT ANIMAL RESCUE SHOW a 10 episode series for CBS All Access executive produced by Richard Linklater. Beyond television work, Chelsea has directed and produced various documentary films including the 2018 SXSW Texas Short Jury Winner AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE, a commissioned project with Field of Vision and Firelight Media. She made her feature directorial debut in 2019 with the award-winning documentary BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM which premiered at SXSW 2019 and broadcast nationally on PBS in September 2020. She is a Warner150 Grant Recipient and proud member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia.

The Untitled 19th* News Film (working title)

In 2020, a fearless group of journalists, including founder Emily Ramshaw and editor-at-large Errin Haines, seek to upend the white male status quo in U.S. news by launching an all-women and non-binary news start-up. Building a newsroom that reflects the women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ communities they’re writing about, can The 19th* be a model for the news industry in these changing times?


Zippy Kimundu


About the Project

Zippy is an award-winning Kenyan Filmmaker who has been working in the global industry for over a decade as a Producer/Director/Editor. She received her Masters in Fine Arts from New York University- TischAsia, and has worked on both fiction and Non-Fiction projects in over 20 countries globally. 

She wrote and co-directed a short Documentary, ‘a fork, a spoon & a KNIGHT’ with renowned Director Mira Nair, for Tribeca Film Institute’s ‘Power of Word Series’, and was the Assistant Editor on the Disney Film ‘Queen of Katwe’. 

Zippy is the founder of, a women-led Film and TV Production Company and Creative’s Collective based in Nairobi and Kilifi, Kenya, working to ignite political consciousness, and action, across continents.

The White Doctor

An American missionary stands accused of pretending to be doctor in Uganda and being responsible for the deaths of over a hundred children.