June 7, 2022

IDA Announces Support for Five Projects Through its Inaugural Sarowitz Project Completion Fund

IDA Announces Support for Five Projects Through its Inaugural Sarowitz Project Completion Fund 

June 7, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) - With generous funding from philanthropist Jessica Sarowitz, the International Documentary Association (IDA) announced today it will support five films under its first-ever IDA Sarowitz Project Completion Fund. The fund supports feature-length documentary films in their final strides across the finish line. This year, the fund is focused on Latinx/Latine filmmakers. Funds granted through the program can be used toward post-production, impact, and distribution expenses, including the expenses of hiring creative consultancies, paying for time towards mentorship or legal guidance, marketing campaigns, festival fees submission, and compensating core team members who have deferred payment.

Selected from a pool of IDA’s Documentary Funds applicants and partner organization referrals, the films are to receive a total of $180,000 in funds. In addition, grantees will receive additional resources and expertise through IDA and its partners, and will participate in IDA’s Getting Real Conference, which runs September 27-29, 2022. The IDA Sarowitz Project Completion Fund stands out for its flexibility and filmmaker focus. Since 2011, IDA has awarded $6.1 million in filmmaker grants through its granting programs.

“As IDA and the documentary field work to deliver on commitments for narrative equity, we are thrilled to support the completion of five projects by Latinx/Latine filmmakers through the IDA Sarowitz Project Completion Fund,” said IDA’s executive director, Rick Pérez.

“In too many instances, talented filmmakers are unable to finish their work due to a dearth of financial resources. It is essential that Latinx artists have access to much-needed funds so they can complete the final stages of their films and share the stories they’ve worked tirelessly to tell. As an immigrant and Latinx woman, I’m honored to be a small part of bringing these films to audiences around the world,” said Jessica Sarowitz.

Documentaries receiving funding are:

  • Fire Through Dry Grass (Alexis Neophytides, co-director/producer; Andres “Jay” Molina, co-director; Jennilie Brewster, producer)
  • Sansón and Me (Rodrigo Reyes, director; Su Kim, producer)
  • Silent Beauty (Jasmín Mara López, director/producer)
  • Storming Caesars Palace (Hazel Gurland-Pooler, director/producer)
  • What We Leave Behind (Iliana Sosa, director/producer; Emma D. Miller, producer; Isidore Bethel, co-producer)