2017 MN Film, Video, and Digital Production Grantees

The following grants were made through the Jerome Foundation’s Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production program in 2017:

Maria Juranic, $16,000, in support of Welcome to Disneyland, a bittersweet, character-driven short about a young girl, Zora, entering a new, frozen world known as Minnesota. Guided by imagination, Zora’s curiosity and optimism overshadow the unfamiliar as she gracefully falls into her father’s arms. Now, family reunited, she decides to brave the differences and make a new start.

John J. Kaiser, $20,000, in support of Only Dance Can Save Us. Set in the world of contemporary dance, Only Dance Can Save Us is a feature-length drama that explores the ups and downs of the artistic process.

Benjamin May, $30,000, in support of Darkness Shining. Darkness Shining documents life in Minneapolis Wet House, where chronic alcoholics live, are cared for, are allowed to drink.

Nicholas Nerburn, $29,764, in support of The Great American Think-Off. This documentary film is centered on a public philosophy contest held every year in New York Mills, Minnesota, population 1,199. Four “thinkers” who have submitted essays on an agreed-upon philosophical question are brought to New York Mills, where they are invited to make their arguments before the town, who chooses a “Great American Thinker” by vote in their elementary school’s gym.

Alisi Styles, $24,236, in support of The Kite (working title), a dramatic foreign language short-film set against the backdrop of 1980’s pre-military coup Fiji. The story is about a Pacific father and daughter navigating life and their new identities as immigrants in a new land.

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