More exciting news! Graceland Girls received the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation Grant. The funds will be used to complete post production and assist in the promotion and distribution of the film and the message about girl education. Below is an excerpt from the Caucus Foundation press release with the official announcement. This is a great honor and the funds will immediately be put to good use in spreading the word about the power of educating girls to help end the cycle of poverty in Kenya.
CAUCUS PRESENTS $18,500 IN GRANTS TO AID FOUR STUDENT FILMMAKERS
The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation has selected four student filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to receive $18,500 collectively in the Foundation’s Spring 2012 Student Grant Program, it was announced by Foundation President Chuck Fries. A recipient of this year’s grants is Jordan Salvatoriello, Emerson College, for “Graceland Girls”.
The Caucus Foundation is primarily funded by proceeds of the Caucus Annual Awards Dinner honoring individual creative accomplishment, as well as overall career achievement and grants from Carole and Robert Daly Foundation, HTV/illuminate, American Video Group, Hollywood Charities Foundation, UltimateTV/Microsoft, and The Caucus. The aim of the Caucus Foundation grants is to help combat the lack of diversity in content and people behind the camera in the entertainment industry. Eligible awardees must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate, graduate or fellowship program and working to complete a thesis film, TV or interactive project for their degree. Applicants are required to submit a final script, final budget, rough cut, financing plan, shooting/post schedule, crew list and student status.
“We are proud to offer this awards program designed to help aspiring filmmakers who might not otherwise have the funds available to finish their projects,” said Foundation President Fries. “Each film tackles a serious issue and the slate of films covers a broad spectrum of diversity,” he said. “And, our Caucus members, as professional producers, writers and directors participate in the program by offering hands-on expertise to the grant winners as they complete their films.”