2014 SFFS Documentary Film Fund Winners Announced



This round of winners has captivated us with their striking and charismatic characters, and we can’t wait to see the finished films and experience the unique and fascinating worlds their subjects inhabit.
— Michele Turnure-Salleo, director of Filmmaker 360

The winners of the 2014 SFFS Documentary Film Fund have been announced! Three films will receive awards totaling more than $75,000, which will help push them towards completion. Since 2011, the Documentary Film Fund has supported nonfiction film work distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach.

Get to know this year's winners below!



The Joneses
Moby Longinotto, director and Aviva Wishnow, producer

Awarded $30,627


The Joneses is a portrait of Jheri, a 73-year-old transgender trailer park matriarch, who lives in bible belt Mississippi. Reconciled with her family after years of estrangement, and now living with two of her sons, Jheri embarks on a new path to reveal her true self to her grandchildren. Will their family bonds survive


Romeo Is Bleeding
Jason Zeldes, director and Michael Klein, producer
Awarded $22,500


Donte Clark's poetic voice was honed on the violent street corners of a struggling city. Yet rather than succumb to the pressures of Richmond, CA, Clark uses his artistic perspective to save his city from itself. For more information visit RomeoIsBleedingFilm.com.


Street Fighting Man
Andrew James, director; Sara Archambault and Katie TIbaldi, producers
Awarded $22,500


In a new America where the promise of education, safety and shelter are in jeopardy, three Detroit men fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. For more information visit streetfightingmanthemovie.com