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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Dawnland

In Production
Director(s)
Ben Pender-Cudlip & Adam Mazo
Producer(s)
Adam Mazo
Grant Awarded
$5,000 - 2015
Type of Film
Documentary
Official Website
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Film Synopsis

The future of four sovereign nations is at stake in this lyrical story of belonging. A historic truth and reconciliation commission investigates why so many Native American children have grown up in non-Native families, losing their connections to their tribes and cultures. Can the commission overcome centuries of assimilation and oppression to begin an age of healing?

About the Director(s)

BEN PENDER-CUDLIP is the Co-Director/Cinematographer of DAWNLAND. He is an award-winning director and photographer of over a dozen short documentary films, including SANJIBAN in 2012 (Hot Docs, CIFF, DocYard) and FETCH in 2014 (Woods Hole). He practices nonfiction as a full-time profession through his company, Unrendered Films, in Boston, which allows him to continually hone the craft and technique of storytelling. He believes strongly that cinematic and technical excellence is fundamental to this art.

ADAM MAZO is the Co-Director/Producer of DAWNLAND. He served the same roles on COEXIST (Africa Movie Academy Award nominee, 2011), a feature film airing on public television and internationally on Al-Jazeera and in Spain this spring. His lasting relationships with supporters fund the Coexist Learning Project, now in its fifth year. The CLP has trained more than 600 teachers in bringing compassion, empathy, and respect for difference into students’ lives. More than 3,500 educators on six continents now have COEXIST. He has been a television news and documentary journalist for 15 years, with work appearing on major broadcast outlets.


Highlights

Selected for the 2014 Points North Fellowship at the Camden International Film Festival

New England

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