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Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 20, 2013 at 1:43PM

The San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation have selected 14 finalists for the latest round of SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants.More than $300,000 will be awarded to one or more narrative feature films at any stage of production. List of finalists below.
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San Francisco Film Society

The San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation have selected 14 finalists for the latest round of SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants.More than $300,000 will be awarded to one or more narrative feature films at any stage of production. List of finalists below.

The SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants are awarded twice annually.Winners of the fall 2013 Grant will be announced in late October.

Previous Grant-winning feature films include Destin Cretton's currently released "Short Term 12" (Cretton has another film in this round of finalists), Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station" and Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Note: at the request of the filmmakers, one finalist project has been omitted from this announcement.

FINALISTS

Doctor — Musa Syeed, director/producer/writer; Nicholas Bruckman, coproducer — screenwriting

Salim, a disgraced young doctor from India, will do anything to rebuild his former life. But when he starts practicing medicine illegally in New York, he's drawn into a medical underworld where he risks losing everything. For more information visit musasyeed.com.

 

Escape from Morgantown — Peter Nicks, writer/director — screenwriting

A young addict arrives at a federal prison camp with a plan to turn his life around, but is drawn into the intoxicating world of a crew of seasoned inmates.

 

The Fixer — Ian Olds, writer/director; Caroline von Kuhn, producer — packaging

An Afghan journalist is exiled from his war-torn country to a small bohemian community in Northern California. When he attempts to turn his menial job on the local police blotter into "Afghan-style" coverage of local crime he gets drawn into the backwoods of this small town—a shadow Northern California where sex is casual, true friendship is hard to come by, and an unfamiliar form of violence burbles up all around him.

 

G.E.Z.I. — Aslihan Unaldi, writer/director — postproduction

This political and psychological drama is a fictionalized account of the dramatic night when a peaceful demonstration in Istanbul's Gezi Park turned into a major national uprising. The story follows three main characters: a strong, liberal woman, her idealistic boyfriend and her apolitical ex-lover. As intricate layers of past secrets are revealed, deeper insight is gained into their characters and situation, which is closely intertwined with the political events accelerating around them.

 

Hellion — Kat Candler, writer/director; Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams, producers — postproduction

When his delinquent behavior forces his little brother to be taken away, a motocross-obsessed teenager and his emotionally absent father must take responsibility for their destructive behavior to bring him home.

 

Kicks — Justin Tipping, writer/director; Joshua Astrachan, David Kaplan and Adele Romanski, producers — preproduction

Fifteen-year-old Brandon, from a rough part of Richmond, California, has always been picked on. He has survived by running away from trouble all his life. But after getting jumped over a new pair of kicks, Brandon recruits his two best friends to join him on a mission to get his shoes back. The odyssey they embark on is at once the night of their lives and a gamble with life-and-death stakes.

 

Little Accidents — Sara Colangelo writer/director; Jason Michael Berman, Anne Carey, Thomas B. Fore and Summer Shelton, producers — postproduction

In a small American coal town, the disappearance of a boy draws a young miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive and a local 14-year-old together in a web of secrets.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.