Milking the Rhino receives grant from MacArthur Foundation

David E. Simpson and Jeannie Magill's latest documentary, Milking the Rhino on the controversial issue of community-based conservation in Africa, has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation. David and Jeannie have just returned from a scouting trip to Africa with 30 hours of HD footage. They travelled to Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa. David is currently working with Himba and Maasai translators to prepare the footage for editing. A return trip is scheduled for November, 2005. Continued

In the Family begins first shoot, receives Illinois grant support

This summer In the Family launched production by filming a support group for women who tested for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer mutations. Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick, who participated in the support group, followed it up with a shoot with her family to explore their experience with testing. Currently, Joanna is working with genetic counselors to locate a woman and her family to follow through the testing process. In other news, The Illinois Humanities Council has awarded In the Family a $10,000 grant and invited Joanna to sit on the IHC's committee on genetics. The Illinois Arts Council has also shown their support of the project with a $14,000 production grant for the film. Continued

Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes announced

With Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes (82 minutes) Kartemquin Films completes its chronicle of the work and times of the American artist, Leon Golub. Begun in 1985, the film ends with Golub's death in 2004. Released in the wake of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandals and the 24-hour news barrage of war, fear, and terror, Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes is a powerful look at how we experience images of torture and the abuse of power. Continued

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