Cinereach organizational grants have supported game changing groups who share our commitment to creativity, community and industry sustainability. Below is a list of organizations we have supported, click on each to read more about them and how you can support their efforts.
BlackStar Film Festival
BlackStar Film Festival
The BlackStar Film Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global communities of color, showcasing films by black, brown and indigenous people from around the world.
Borscht is a nonprofit with the simple mission to redefine cinema in Miami. Local filmmakers created Borscht in response to the lack of regional infrastructure and support, empowering artists to tell fresh Miami stories.
COUSIN is a collective supporting Indigenous artists expanding the form of film. Founded in 2018 by Sky Hopinka, Adam Khalil, Alexandra Lazarowich and Adam Piron, COUSIN was created to provide support for Indigenous artists pushing traditional definitions and understandings of the moving image by experimenting with form and genre.
The stories we tell about a place form a kind of DNA — shaping what that place is and what it can become.For too long, the stories that circulate about Detroit have defined it as broken, violent, and in need of saving from itself. In recent years, and especially since Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy in 2014, we see a new strand of stories about Detroit: stories of resurgence led by white billionaires, scrappy entrepreneurs, and pioneering artists. Invisible from that narrative is the Detroit that was saving itself along, the Detroit that is pushing back against marginalization and erasure, the Detroit that has a vision for the future based in liberation and justice.The Detroit Narrative Agency is amplifying that Detroit, incubating quality and compelling stories that will shift the dominant narratives about this place towards liberation and justice. Our current fellowship program is supporting a cohort of Black and Brown filmmakers in Detroit to develop short films and accompanying community impact strategies.
Firelight is a premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight produces documentary films, supports emerging filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work. Firelight films have garnered multiple Primetime Emmys, Peabodys, and Sundance awards. Among them, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, and Freedom Riders. Firelight’s programs include the Documentary Lab, an 18-month fellowship that supports emerging filmmakers of color; and Groundwork, which supports early stage filmmakers in the American south, midwest, and U.S. Territories. In addition to a focus on excellence in filmmaking, Firelight develops strategies, partnerships and materials to reach and engage diverse audiences and maximize the impact of documentary films.About Groundwork
“Groundwork” supports diverse, early career, documentary filmmakers living and working in the Midwest, South, and U.S. Territories. By providing an introduction to the documentary landscape and the opportunities that exist for early career filmmakers, our goal is to help position filmmakers for national opportunities. Through the Groundwork Lab we’ve supported filmmakers across the US in: Michigan, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, Nebraska, and Florida.
Mission: Create community through independent film and support the development of filmmakers. We fulfill our mission through the following four programs:
• Annual Film Festival
• Weekly Film Series
• Artist Development
• Youth Film Program
Started in 2021, Line of Sight is the artist development and public programming arm of Sentient.Art.Film that aims to change the world, and expand what we can imagine through artist development programs, exhibition, and public conversations.
The New Negress Film Society is a core collective of black women filmmakers whose priority is to create community and spaces for support, exhibition and consciousness-raising. The group is formed by Chanelle Aponte Pearson, Nuotama Bodomo, Dyani Douze, Ja’Tovia Gary, Stefani Saintonge and Yvonne Michelle Shirley.
The New Orleans Film Society discovers, cultivates, and amplifies diverse voices of filmmakers who tell the stories of our time. We produce the Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival annually and invest year-round in building a vibrant film culture in the South to share transformative cinematic experiences with audiences, and connect dynamic filmmakers to career-advancing resources.
OTV | Open Television is a non-profit platform for intersectional television. We incubate, distribute, and exhibit artists that commercial television networks and art institutions do not develop consistently: artists who identify with multiple identities marginalized by the market and society. OTV experiments with alternative ways to develop, produce, and exhibit art and television. Our programs center artistic expression, intersectionality, Chicago, and digital networking.
Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film, media, and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.