BAVC is thrilled to announce the multiplatform documentary makers and projects that will receive the 2019 MediaMaker Fellowship award. A full list of recipients is below.
The 2019 MediaMaker Fellows are: Brenda Avila-Hanna, Libertad (Santa Cruz, CA); Brittany Shyne, Seeds (Dayton, OH); Christian Figueroa, Flowers of May (San Francisco, CA); Debra Schaffner, Curse of the Mutant Heirloom (Oakland, CA); Emily Cohen Ibañez, Fruits of Labor (Oakland, CA); Katy Scoggin, Flood (Brooklyn, NY); Lagueria Davis, Black Barbie: A Documentary (Los Angeles, CA); Rashaad Newsome, Get Your 10s (Brooklyn, NY); Taimi Arvidson, Hossain (Brooklyn, NY); Vicky Du, Light of the Setting Sun (New York, NY).
For 2019, BAVC is pleased to offer for the second year, our most robust iteration of the Fellowship, with a cohort size of ten Fellows and the ability to offer $8,000 to each Fellow over the course of the program year. Throughout their time in the program, Fellows will receive professional support for their social issue media projects and meet for three immersive workshops in the Bay Area, at the True/False film festival in Columbia, Missouri, and at the Camden International Film Festival in Maine.
Established through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 1991— and currently supported in part by an award from the NEA and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation— the National MediaMaker Fellowship program provides training and support for independent, emerging and mid-career artists working on social-issue documentary projects. The National MediaMaker Fellowship builds an engaged national community of creative media artists, increases their capacity for project completion and lasting impact, and inspires new partnerships and collaboration to support future work.