The Economist, in collaboration with PBS, has started an initiative known as the Economist Film Project. The project is meant to showcase the work of documentary filmmakers from around the world, and will feature, according to the organisers, “films whose new ideas, perspectives, and insights not only help make sense of the world, but also take a stand and provoke debate.”
Filmmakers whose films are chosen will receive a grant of US$4,000 to produce six to eight minutes of footage for airing on PBS. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and continue to January 2012. For more information, go here.
Are you a documentary filmmaker with an idea for a film, or a film in pre-production, or the early stages of production? Then you can apply for one of 40 PUMA.Creative Catalyst Awards, worth 5,000 euros each.
The call for applications closes on March 2, 2011.
A still from Richard Fung’s Rex vs. Singh (2008). Image courtesy Alice Yard
The Trinidad-born, Toronto-based filmmaker and writer Richard Fung will show his video Rex vs. Singh (2008) and engage in a conversation about his work at Alice Yard, Port of Spain, on Tuesday 11 January, 2011, at 7.30 pm.
From the Alice Yard blog:
Richard Fung is a Trinidad-born, Toronto-based video artist and writer. His single channel videos and projections have been widely exhibited and collected internationally, and his articles have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. He is the co-author with Monika Kin Gagnon of 13: Conversations on Art and Cultural Race Politics. Fung has been a Rockefeller Fellow at New York University, and a visiting professor at the Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi. He teaches at OCAD University.
On Tuesday 11 January, Fung will give a talk at Alice Yard about his recent projects and current work in progress. The event will include a screening of Fung’s recent video work Rex vs. Singh (2008; 29:25 minutes), made in collaboration with Ali Kazimi and John Greyson.
In 1915, two Sikh mill-workers, Dalip Singh and Naina Singh, were entrapped by undercover police in Vancouver, British Columbia, and accused of sodomy. This experimental video stages scenes from their trial, told four times: first as a period drama, second as a documentary investigation of the case, third as a musical agit-prop, and fourth, as a deconstruction of the actual court transcript. Rex vs. Singh was commissioned by the Queer History Project of Out on Screen, Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
All are invited.