Moving Image Fund Grants Directory

LEF New England launched the Moving Image Fund (MIF) in 2002 to support independent film and video artists creating new work.Through MIF, LEF provides funding across all phases of production, supporting films from the early risk-taking stage, through a film's completion.

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Monkey Dance

Julie Mallozzi
Julie Mallozzi
Grant Awarded
$10,000 - 2001
$5,000 - 2003
Type of Film
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Film Synopsis

Three Cambodian-American teenagers come of age in a world shadowed by their parents' nightmares of the Khmer Rouge. Traditional Cambodian dance links them to their parents' culture, but fast cars, hip consumerism, and new romance pull harder. Gradually coming to appreciate their parents' sacrifices, the three teens find a sense of themselves and begin to make good on their parents' dreams.

About the Director(s)

Julie Mallozzi is a documentary filmmaker based in Boston, MA, who combines observational camerawork and in-depth interviews to tell strong, character driven stories. Her work has won awards at festivals around the world and has screened in museums, universities, and on public television. Her debut film ONCE REMOVED tells the story of meeting her mother's family in China. MONKEY DANCE reveals how traditional Cambodian dance helped three Cambodian-American teens navigate the minefields of urban adolescence. Julie received her BA from Harvard University and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. She has taught at Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Boston University.


Awards: Audience Favourite Feature Award - Toronto Reel Asian Intl. Film Festival;
Insight Award - National Assn. of Film and Digital Media Artists

Official Selection: New England Film & Video Festival; Santa Fe Intl. Film Festival;
San Francisco Intl. Asian American Film Festival; Wisconsin Film Festival; Asian American Intl. Film Festival; Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival; San Diego Asian American Film Festival; Asian Pacific American Film Festival

Screenings: Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); Museum of Natural History (New York)

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