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The 2017 California Documentary Project Grantees

The 2017 California Documentary Project Application is Now Live!

Calling all podcast producers, documentary filmmakers and interactive mediamakers, the 2017 California Documentary Project Application is now live!

If you’re working on a documentary media project about a California subject or issue and will use the humanities to provide context, depth and perspective, then the California Documentary Project (CDP) grant program may be for you. To know for sure, check out the CDP guidelines and FAQ, watch an informational webinar, and then apply before 5:00 pm on November 1, 2017.

The California Documentary Project offers Production Grants (up to $50,000) and R&D Grants (up to $10,000) for film, audio and digital documentaries. Since 2003 California Humanities has awarded over $5 million to projects that document California and its cultures, peoples, and histories, and that together help us better understand who we are and where we live.

You can read here about the incredibly broad range of projects California Humanities has supported through the California Documentary Project—from an interactive web documentary providing new perspective on the 1992 Los Angeles riots, to a podcast series exploring issues of African American identity and culture, to a look at restorative justice practices and California’s Tribal Courts, to portraits of notable Californians such as Dorothea Lange, Ruben Salazar, Ursula K. LeGuin and Tom Bradley, to projects about youth and baseball, science fiction, Native American language revitalization, food culture in every California county, Proposition 13 and the tax revolt of the 1970s, the Mojave Desert, 99 year old judo master Keiko Fukuda, the Oakland Police Department, the social history of the accordion, Vietnamese nail salons, LGBTQ comics, capital punishment, the Central Valley’s Portuguese community, veterans and PTSD, Hollywood’s depiction of Asian Americans, Prop 8 and marriage equality, Chicano rock, journalism and the LA Times, transgender youth, drought and climate migration, poetry, the farmworker movement, San Francisco’s Chinatown, a play about race and history performed by San Quentin inmates, interracial marriage, the African American cowboys of Compton, homeless recyclers in Oakland, Wonder Woman, Fresno’s Hmong community, the occupation of Alcatraz, the environmental movement, the punk/funk band Fishbone, criminal justice reform, the US Mexico border, the AIDS crisis, the culture and environment of the Sierra Nevada region, an adaption of Romeo and Juliet set in Richmond, CA., a Latina bicycle brigade in East LA and much, much more.


Apply by November 1, 2017.

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