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Sundance Institute, Cinereach dole out money to indie film projects

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.

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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.

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