CAAM Receives $600,000 from MacArthur Foundation to Support Asian American Documentary Filmmakers

Filmmaker S. Leo Chiang ("A Village Called Versailles," "Out Run").
Filmmaker S. Leo Chiang ("A Village Called Versailles," "Out Run").

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced $5.7M to seven organization to provide direct support to independent film projects over three years, with the remaining funds going toward fellowships, workshops, training programs, and professional development

The Center for Asian American Media will receive $600K to support the CAAM Future Fund to provide development, production, and outreach grants for projects produced by Asian American directors and producers, and work with an Asian American filmmaker network to provide mentoring and professional development opportunities for emerging filmmakers.

“We are thrilled and deeply appreciative to receive this grant from the MacArthur Foundation, joining a national network of organizations supporting non-fiction storytellers whose voices and perspectives have been largely absent from the national narratives for far too long, and which are of vital importance to the future of the nation,” said CAAM Executive Director Stephen Gong.

Congratulations to the six other organizations to receive funding to diversify documentary stories: BAVC, Latino Public Broadcasting, National Black Programming Consortium, Southern Documentary Fund, Working Films and Sundance Institute!

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