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New Angle Fellows Receive Grant Awards

April 14, 2020

We are happy to announce that two of our current and one of our past New Angle Fellows have received the MRAC Next Step Fund Grant. Congratulations to Tahiel Jimenez Medina (2018-19 New Angle Fellow), Tommy Franklin (2019-20 New Angle Fellow), and Za’Nia Coleman (2019-20 New Angle Fellow). We are proud of the work you are doing and happy that others also recognize the talent you have. Each of the 72 MRAC Next Step finalists received $2,500.

In addition to the MRAC Next Step Fund, Tommy is one of eight filmmakers in the 2020 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) Fellows. Now in its eighth year, DVID is a professional mentorship program for Midwestern documentary filmmakers of color, created by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. The project Tommy is working on for both New Angle and DVID focuses on a son as he searches for a life-altering truth as he uncovers deep ancestral bloodlines after being separated from his incarcerated mother at birth.

Earlier this year Xiaolu Wang received a $30,000 grant from the Jerome Foundation for her project, The Subversive Sirens. Xiaolu, along with her film partner Tahiel, were part of SPNN’s 2018-19 New Angle Doc U Fellowship. Xiaolu and Tahiel completed the first episode of their docuseries during New Angle. We’re excited that with additional support from the Jerome Foundation they will be able to continue the work. Find out more about Xioalu's work on her website

Our New Angle Doc U Fellows programs works with early career artists working in documentary. This program is made possible by grants from the Jerome Foundation and the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Look for the current cohort’s films to screen in August.