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Sundance Institute, Cinereach dole out money to indie film projects

Published June 7, 2011 10:40 am

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Some independent movie projects are feeling the love - and, more importantly, receiving some money - to get that much closer to being seen by the world.

The Sundance Institute and Cinereach announced Monday the projects that will receive grant money for development and post production - part of the three-year, $1.5 million Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute.

Here are the projects getting grants:

Post-Production Feature Film Grants

"Compliance" - written and directed by Craig Zobel ("Great World of Sound"), produced by Sophia Lin ("Take Shelter"), a fact-based story in which "a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, [and] no one is left unscathed."

"Porfirio," written and directed by Alejandro Landes ("Cocalero," Sundance Film Festival 2007), about a Colombian man in a wheelchair who drags his unwitting teen son into a hijacking plan to get the President's attention to his problems waiting for his pension.

"Postcards from the Zoo," directed by Edwin (one name), written by Edwin and Daud Sumolang, a story from Indonesia about a young woman who leaves her magical childhood - raised in a zoo - to discover the bigger world.

"Return," written and directed by Liza Johnson, in which a servicewoman returns from a tour of duty to her family and to a town she no longer recognizes. (The film premiered at the Directors' Fortnight of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.)

Development Feature Film Grants

"Adelyne," written and directed by Holden Abigail Osborne, described thusly: "A woman finds her path living a solitary, monastic life in a forgotten corner of rural America, but a warrior of the woods and a family illness force her to reconcile spiritual living with primal purpose."

"La Raya," written and directed by Yolanda Cruz, about an 11-year-old in a Mexican village who is determined to go north to the United States - and finds an abandoned refrigerator that may help finance his journey.

"Look For Water," directed by Jennifer Phang, written by Phang and Dominic Mah, which has this enigmatic description: "A young couple wakes up and literally loses sight of each other; a kidnapper displaces misfit girls to an alternate world; a dowser explores her mysterious ability to find lost objects, and the paths of abductees and runaways intersect in this emo-thriller."

"Wolf," written and directed by Bogdan Mustata, a surreal story about a boy who sees his absent father literally reborn into the family.

Documentary Film Production Grant

"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" (U.S.A./China), directed by Alison Klayman, a profile of the international art star that asks whether an artist can change China.

Documentary Film Development Grants

Untitled Egyptian Film (U.S.A. / Egypt), directed by Mai Iskander, which follows a young journalist who aggressively reports on Egypt's protests and upheaval, testing her idealism as her country works to put democracy into practice.

"Remote Area Medical" (U.S.A.), directed by Jeff Reichert ("Gerrymandering"), which documents a weekend-long medical clinic in the rural South, where access to proper medical care is often unattainable.