California Humanities announced the awardees of its current round of funding for its California Documentary Project program, which encourages film and radio documentarians to explore issues and stories of critical importance to California. Cal Humanities has awarded $400,000 to 17 projects, for production and research and development representing a variety of film, new media and radio projects.
The production projects comprise a broad range of topics and approaches that will appeal to a wide range of audiences—from a biography of photographer Dorothea Lange to a radio series exploring the social and economic issues facing rural California; from the struggle of recyclers in Oakland’s Dogtown neighborhood, to the fight by Northern California’s Yurok tribe to preserve its cultural practices. Research and development projects also offer a promising array of subjects, including Khmer Rouge survivor and Academy Award-winning actor, Haing Ngor; the changing role of the public library; and a new, in-depth look at the rise and fall of the American Communist Party.
For a complete listing of the projects, please go here.