Sarah Jacobson Film Grant
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This annual film grant is intended to honor the spirit and legacy of Sarah Jacobson. Sarah, whose feature film Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore screened at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, died in 2004 after a battle with cancer. Sarah led a DIY ("Do It Yourself") movement in the 1990s, promoting and distributing her own work with her producer and mom, Ruth Ellen Jacobson, speaking at festivals and events everywhere, and writing about film for a number of publications. A tireless, at times even shameless, promoter of her own work, Sarah was also a passionate advocate for the films of fellow filmmakers.
The Free History Project, Ruth Jacobson (Sarah’s mom), and a number of Sarah’s friends have contributed money in order to give out a small annual grant to one or more female filmmakers whose work embodies some of the things that Sarah stood for: a fierce DIY approach to filmmaking, a radical social critique, and a thoroughly underground sensibility.
Last year we gave a $500 grant to San Francisco filmmaker Veronica Majano for her experimental documentary film Remember Los Siete.
This year, we plan to give out two grants of $750 each to support a film project in any stage of completion from pre-production through distribution. We are open to films of any length and genre, from documentary to experimental to narrative. What we are looking for are projects that in some way embody Sarah’s spirit and represent the values that she articulated in her work.
To apply for the grant, please mail the following materials to the Free History Project, postmarked by March 31, 2006. Include a SASE if you would like your materials returned to you.
1. A synopsis/treatment of the project (no more than 3 pages). Please include a detailed description of the film -- its subject, style, structure, and distribution strategy. Please also explain why your project is appropriate for this grant.
2. A simple one-page budget for the project. Also include a paragraph describing other funding you have received for this project and how you would use the money from this grant.
3. A short bio for the film’s director.
4. A work sample – either a trailer or rough-cut of the project you’re applying for the grant with, or an example of previous work. The work sample should be on either VHS or DVD. Please do not send more than one sample.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE POST-MARKED BY FRIDAY MARCH 31, 2006
The Free History Project is not staffed full-time, so we are unable to respond to telephone or email inquiries.
The Free History Project
1563 Solano Avenue, Box 197
Berkeley, CA 94707
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