Rooftop Films has awarded thirteen cash and service grants to alumni filmmakers, including The Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Garbo NYC Feature Film Grants, which were awarded to directors Kitty Green and Sebastian Silva. Green will receive a monetary grant of $15,000 to help finish her new film,Casting JonBenet, and Silva will receive a $10,000 grant to support his film, Demon Me.
“Kitty Green’s film Casting JonBenet represents the type of daring and meaningful cinema that Rooftop Films wants to support,” said Rooftop’s Founder and Artistic Director Mark Elijah Rosenberg. Green’s film is a sly and stylized documentary about the infamous murder of child model JonBenet Ramsey, using casting tapes and recreations by people from the community to create an emotional investigation of the case and its ramifications. “Like all our filmmakers, Green is working outside the mainstream, approaching a complex situation with narrative nuance and filmic innovation. We’re confident that all the films we’re supporting, from serious documentaries to outlandish fairy tales, are going to have a substantial impact.”
Kitty Green’s previous films include Ukraine is Not a Brothel, which won the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary, and “The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul,” which won the Jury Award for best non-fiction short documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Sebastian Silva’s work includes The Maid, Nasty Baby, and Crystal Fairy, all of which have won numerous awards around the world.
“Garbo NYC is proud to support narratives that communicate what needs to be said and which disregard the extent of our collective constraints,” said Anett Gabriel, CEO of Garbo NYC.” “Furthermore, you couldn’t put these projects in better hands.”
“We’re very excited about all our grantees this year,” said Dan Nuxoll, Program Director of Rooftop Films. “Each year we receive more promising applications from our acclaimed alumni filmmakers, and from an increasingly diverse pool of talent. Rooftop has always been dedicated to creating a venue for a wide range of creative voices and with the support of our audience and our partners we are increasingly capable of helping those films get made in the first place.”
The Rooftop Films and GarboNYC Feature Film Grants are the largest cash grant awarded as part of the Rooftop Filmmakers Fund this year. Thirteen different grants were awarded to Rooftop Films alumni in 2015, including the inaugural Brigade Festival Publicity Grant, as well as grants supported by our returning partners at Eastern Effects, Edgeworx Studios, Technological Cinevideo Services (TCS), Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), and The Adrienne Shelley Foundation. To see a full list of the 2015 grantees with award details and film synopses, visit rooftopfilms.com/2015/info/produce.