The Colorado College Documentary Exploration Grants Program has opened its applications for this year.
This academic year is only the second time that these grants have been offered. They provide between $500 and $10,000, based on the budgetary needs of the proposal, for projects that are completely student-produced. The program, funded by an anonymous donor, encourages students to explore personal, social, cultural, and environmental perspectives through the creation of character-driven documentary films.
Each project team will have one or two alumni to help guide them through their production. The program provides a platform for students to take advantage of the CC alumni network in the documentary filmmaking field. Through this mentorship, students are able to learn directly from the alumni’s expertise in the field.
All students, regardless of their majors, including graduating seniors, are encouraged to apply. The application form can be found online on the CC Department of Film and Media Studies website.
The application process is divided into an elevator pitch, qualifications, synopsis of the project, topic, approach, intended audience and outcome plan, distribution plan, comprehensive budget, collaboration plan, and the project timeline. Applications are due April 5 and will be reviewed by a panel of faculty, students, and alumni. Recipients of the grants will be announced at the Honors Convocation in May.
Last year, six student teams received grants to support their documentary projects. The awarded teams included Kai Cintorino ’19 and Emmett de Maynadier ’19 with “Seal Eggs”; Spencer Miller ’19 with “Sweetwater”; Film and Media Studies Paraprofessional Lila Schmitz, Anika Grevstad ’18, and Fengyi Xu ’19 with “Irish Session”; Jason Edelstein ’18 and Benjamin Moscona-Remnitz ’20 with “Aural Historian”; Mads Engel ’18, Mary Sorich ’19, and Collin Kluchman ’18 with “No Type: Women of Underground Rap”, and Sam Gilbert ’18, Ben Bacher ’18, and Joseph Purtell ’18 with “Trapped.”
The documentaries include stories about ambient pop musician Gwen — a current student of Colorado College — toxic algae in Southern Florida, Irish session musicians in bars of Dublin, Ireland, a radical environmentalist movement from 1960s, aspiring rap artists in Brooklyn, and Venus flytrap poachers and those who hunt them.
The mentors for last year’s films included Kendall Rock ’15, Travis Rummel ’01, Doug Pray ’83, Peter Mortimer ’(?), Cynthia Lowen ’01 and Daniel Junge ’92.
Films made by last year’s grant recipients will be screened at Cornerstone Arts Center at the end of this semester.