Women Make Movies Receives NEA Arts in Media Grant to Support
Production of the Documentary Film Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV
Grant part of National Endowment for the Arts announcement of 78 Arts in Media grants and $3.55 million in funding nationwide
(LOS ANGELES - April 25, 2012) – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Women Make Movies is one of 78 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Arts in Media grant. Women Make Movies is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support production and post-production costs for a documentary on Ellis Haizlip. The 78 Arts in Media grant awards total $3.55 million, and support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts and media projects that can be considered works of art.
Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV will tell the biographical story of Ellis Haizlip, who was the producer and host of the groundbreaking television series SOUL! which aired on public television from 1968 to 1973. Once completed, the film will be distributed theatrically and offered to PBS for national broadcast.
Chairman Landesman said, “While Americans across the country are experiencing art live and in person every day, NEA research has shown that more than half of American adults also consume the arts via electronic media. I am thrilled to announce these Arts in Media grants and look forward to the organizations’ efforts to reach ever wider audiences and create innovative new works of art.”
Women Make Movies Executive Director Debra Zimmerman said, “Based on our years of experience working with filmmakers, and from the vantage point of our position in the independent film industry, we are confident that this compelling film will intrigue a wide range of viewers.”
The NEA received 329 eligible applications under the Arts in Media category, requesting more than $36 million in funding. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000 with an average grant amount of $45,513 and a median of $40,000. Women Make Movies is among the 25 percent recommended for funding, a sign of organizational strength and creativity.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Arts in Media grant support, please visit the NEA website at www.arts.gov.
For more information regarding Mr. SOUL! please contact
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