Still from The Last Barn Dance by Jason Arthurs and Ted Richardson.
Four North Carolina documentary projects have been awarded the 2014 SDF Filmmaking Grants.
These grants are made possible by the generous support of The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.
The four grantees are:
Raising Bertie by Margaret Byrne (post production)
As three young men grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a small African American farming community in North Carolina, they face an underfunded rural public school system – and if/when they graduate – poorly paid factory or farm jobs.
The Last Barn Dance by Jason Arthurs and Ted Richardson (post production)
For Randy Lewis, losing his dairy business means not only losing his livelihood, but the end of 50 years worth of barn dances. The farm is fragile, the band is old, the barn is beaten, and Randy – with no kids of his own and little faith the younger generation will pick up the pieces – is trying to save the dairy, and the dance.
Living Off the Line: Stories From the Clothesline Muse by Lana Garland (production)
From a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a groundbreaking play to interviews with the last living generation of clothesline laundresses, Living Off the Line: Stories From the Clothesline Muse explores the vast contributions by African American washerwomen to the survival of a people and to the labor movement in America.
Untitled: Furniture Worker Story by Ali Mann and Phoebe Brush (development)
For the three women at the heart of this film, being a cushion gluer was a good job. But when a neurotoxin in the glue leaves them permanently disabled, and the regulatory systems meant to protect workers proves ineffective, each had to find her own path towards health and justice.