In November 2013, The Sprout Fund received 35 proposals to catalyze the creation or completion of new and innovative community-based projects that take the form of short or feature-length films, documentaries, online videos, and multimedia experiences.

Through this special opportunity, Sprout is enabling Pittsburgh’s community of filmmakers, videographers, and multimedia artists to showcase their approach to community innovation and receive support for their work.

Please join us in congratulating the 3 projects selected to receive the full $10,000 award:

  • Aspie Seeks Love: Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at 41-years-old, local artist and writer David Matthews explores his own life and struggles with relationships in Julie Sokolow’s full-length documentary.
  • Fursonas: Each summer, Pittsburgh hosts Anthrocon, the world’s largest furry convention. Producer Olivia Vaughn and director Dominic Rodriguez’s film offers an intimate portrait of local furries of all walks of life.
  • Give Us A Chance – Pittsburgh Punk: Mind Cure Records owner Michael Seamans takes us through the history of Pittsburgh’s punk scene, interviewing the venue owners, musicians, and artists that made it all happen.

In addition, $1,000 Honorable Mentions are also being given to:

  • Dot: A dark comedy from writer Garrett Kennell and director David Light, Dot focuses on a young girl with a psychotic case of OCD that leads her to kill anyone she sees making a mess.
  • Gas Rush Stories: Concerned with the contentious divide over shale gas drilling, producer Kirsi Jansa’s Gas Rush Stories series allows people affected by the drilling industry, whether good or bad, have their stories heard.
  • The Granada Refrain: Following up on his 2008 short film about the construction of Consol Energy Center, Drew Nicholas looks deeper into the current redevelopment and reconstruction initiatives in the Hill District.
  • Kill the Artist: Alisha Wormsley and Darrell Kinsel create a visual collage of Pittsburgh artists and explore their diverse art practices to understand how they cross lines geographically, culturally, and creatively.
  • Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?: Long after the end of women’s suffrage, fifty women have run for President of the United States, but none has been successful. Heather Arnet of the Women and Girls Foundation explores what it will take.
  • What’s Your Favorite Thing About Pittsburgh?: Taking inspiration from local media legend Rick Sebak, Julian Glander’s series of 10 imaginative animated shorts profiles Pittsburgh’s fascinating residents and their hobbies, lifestyles and interests.

These decisions were achieved through a diligent process of meeting with applicants, online public voting, staff research, and final jury process.

On behalf of our partner, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and supporters, The Pittsburgh FoundationThe Hillman Foundation, and the Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, all of us at Sprout appreciate the Pittsburgh filmmaking community’s participation in this process and wish the best of luck to all applicants in their future endeavors.

Congratulations again.  We will look forward to more news on these three films in 2014!