The Sprout Fund is using its next Happy Hour on Sept. 26 to announce
new film, video and multimedia grants
, with applications due Nov. 8.
Happy Hours – designed to let the public know the latest about the Fund's efforts, past and future – are held every other month. The Sept. 26 event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. Free beer, soft drinks and popcorn will accompany a showing of the Sprout-supported film Greetings from Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives
. Kristen Lauth Shaeffer and Andrew Halasz, creators of this anthology of nine shorts, will be on hand to speak about the project.
Sprout has supported nearly 20 film-related projects in the past, notes Kathleen Radock, development officer, and Pittsburgh continues to produce so many such artworks that Sprout decided it was time to apply its Seed Awards to those efforts.
Now Sprout is looking to grant up to $10,000 each to three or four film, video or multimedia proposals for "innovative community-based projects," Radock says. The website notes that Sprout has previous funded films that focus on "amplifying community voices, highlighting issues of social importance, promoting cultural and ethnic diversity, documenting local history, calling for civic action and the art of entertainment."
Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will give grantees access to professional equipment, training and technical assistance. Sprout accepts applications from individuals as well as non-profit organizations and community groups.
To RSVP for the free event, click here
Writer: Marty Levine
Source: Kathleen Radock, The Sprout Fund