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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Paternal Rites

In Production
Jules Rosskam
Jules Rosskam
Grant Awarded
$5,000 - 2016
Type of Film
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Film Synopsis

PATERNAL RITES is a first-person essay film that explores the inheritance of familial trauma alongside the imperial violence of white masculinity and the mythical allure of the road. By re-creating his parents’ 1974 cross-country road trip, the filmmaker leads his family through their history of sexual violence, alcoholism, and mental illness in an attempt to heal old wounds. 

About the Director(s)

Jules Rosskam (b.1979 Illinois) is an interdisciplinary artist interested in liminal spaces: the space between male and female, between documentary and fiction, between moving image and still. His interdisciplinary practice investigates the means by which we construct individual and collective histories and identities. Recent screenings include the British Film Institute (London), Leather Archives and Museum (Chicago), Filmhuis Cavia (Amsterdam). Recent residencies include ACRE (Steuben), Yaddo (Saratoga Springs), ISSUE Project Room (Brooklyn), and The Flaherty Film Seminar (Hamilton). Recent grants include Moving Image Fund, Crossroads Grant Foundation, The Funding Exchange, Illinois Arts Council Grant, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Grant. His work has been profiled and reviewed in Women and Performance, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and Make/Shift Magazine. Rosskam holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Film, Video, New Media, 2008).

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