Production & Financing
Cinereach takes on several projects each year to develop, produce, and finance. Recent productions include the narrative feature film Beach Rats and the documentary Salero, a forthcoming screen adaptation of Justin Torres’ novel We the Animals, a documentary about the musician M.I.A., and a stop-motion feature based on Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.
Cinereach can also serve the diverse needs film projects present through equity and debt financing with other production companies, co-financiers and investors, and by seeking co-production partners globally. Recent films Cinereach has co-financed include Sorry to Bother You, Brimstone & Glory, and The Cage Fighter.
Cinereach grants are awarded to support any stage of a film’s progression, from development to completion. Each year 20-30 grants are awarded to new and existing grantees in amounts ranging from $5,000 – $50,000. Throughout its engagement with grantees, Cinereach may also offer additional resources to increase the films’ momentum. The Florida Project, Dina, and Strong Island are recently released grantees.
Distribution and Audience Strategy
Cinereach offers tailored, year-round distribution guidance and audience development support to select grantees. Recent participants of our Distribution and Audience Strategy program include I Am Not Your Negro, Dina, and The Force.
The Cinereach Fellowship is a customized, year-long program for filmmakers at transitional points in their careers. Fellows receive opportunities to deepen their connection to their work, explore what professional development means to them, and experiment with new ideas. Past fellows include Eliza Hittman, Barry Jenkins, and Terence Nance.
The Cinereach Producers Initiative aims to offset the lack of sustainability for committed independent producers. Recipients of its $50,000 producing award have included Karin Chien, Julie Goldman, Lars Knudsen, Heather Rae, Joslyn Barnes, Shrihari Sathe and Jay van Hoy.
Cinereach partners with like-minded organizations that further its mission and broaden its reach. Cinereach currently supports Sundance Institute’s Art of Nonfiction and Producing initiatives, as well as Court 13 Arts in New Orleans, and Borscht Corp., a Miami nonprofit that makes and presents local films for a global stage.