3/31/2017 |
Nina Cates | 817.776.1624 | nina.cates@siff.net

Grants Underwritten by True Productions Support Two Feature Length Documentaries

SEATTLE, WA - March 31, 2017 - Two filmmaking grants will be awarded in the 2016 True Productions + SIFF $50,000 Documentary Filmmakers Grant program: Amanda Bailly's film 8 Borders, 8 Days and co-directors Elisa Levine and Gabriel Miller's film Sweetheart Deal.True Productions founder Dwayne Clark, and his wife Terese Clark, have generously pledged to underwrite an annual $50,0000 grant for three years, this being the second year. "We are committed to producing true stories and both these documentaries touch our hearts. Both my wife and I are children of immigrants and we understand the plight of the immigrant. But we are especially touched by those seeking refuge from violence. In addition, when it comes to the topic of heroin addiction, we see Seattle and nearby communities struggling with solutions. We hope by supporting Sweetheart Deal , that we can keep the problem top of mind and perhaps spark more conversations around prevention," said Dwayne Clark."I am so grateful to True Productions + SIFF for investing in the story of this single Syrian mother and her children, who had no other option but to travel in a raft across the sea with smugglers," director Amanda Bailly said. "It is through human stories like this one that I hope our country can understand what it means to close our doors to the millions of people in need of refuge."8 Borders, 8 Days  is the story of one woman's personal revolution in the context of one of the greatest human rights crises of our time. The film weaves between the intimate story of a fierce single mother of two from Syria, and an immersive experience of their eight-day journey to safety.Elisa Levine and Gabriel Miller's film Sweetheart Deal, produced by Peggy Case, follows the lives of four women whose lives are ruled by heroin, and there is no help in sight - except from a ponytailed eccentric living in a Winnebago parked on Seattle's notorious Aurora Avenue."When Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell made Streetwise back in 1984, they chose Seattle because it was considered America's most livable city. They wanted to show that if the issue of homeless kids could be a problem in wholesome Seattle, it had to be a problem everywhere. The same holds true today for heroin addiction," director Elisa Levine said. "This incredible support from True Productions + SIFF comes at a crucial point in our post-production process. We so look forward to sharing Sweetheart Deal  with SIFF audiences when it is completed.""Continuing with our second consecutive year, we are thrilled to have selected two powerful documentaries for the True Productions + SIFF Documentary Filmmaking Grant," said Interim Artistic Director Beth Barrett. "8 Borders, 8 Days and Sweetheart Deal  have tackled the issues of immigration and heroin addiction with such grace and thoughtfulness, and thanks to the dedication of Dwayne and Teresa Clark and True Productions, both films will be equipped with the necessary tools for launching into the festival and exhibition world."

About SIFF

Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 150,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 450 features, short films, and documentaries from over 80 countries each year. SIFF Cinema exhibits premiere theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year on five screens at the SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and SIFF Film Center, reaching more than 175,000 attendees annually. SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences serving more than 13,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year.

About True Productions

True Productions is a Seattle-based film, theater and media production company where "art meets heart". Founded by author, playwright and CEO of Aegis Living, Dwayne Clark and his wife Terese Clark, True Productions is committed to bringing true life stories aimed at enlightening, entertaining and inspiring.###