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San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Announce 14 Finalists for Filmmaking Grants

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.
Destin Cretton
Destin Cretton
Los Valientes / The Brave Ones — Aurora Guerrero, writer/director; Chad Burris, producer — packaging

Felix Lopez is gay, undocumented and living in San Francisco until his family obligations move him across the country to a small Pennsylvania mining town to join his undocumented sister. Once there, alienated by local and family politics, Felix finds unexpected solace in the company of one person: his sister's husband.


Love Land — Joshua Tate, writer/director/producer; Andrew Richey, producer — postproduction

Love Land follows Ivy, a young woman with a severe traumatic brain injury, as she faces her refusal to be identified as a person with an intellectual disability. When she is placed in an institution for being a danger to herself and others, Ivy will stop at nothing to prove to the world—and to herself—that she is "normal" enough to transcend the label of "special."


Ma — Destin Cretton, writer/director — screenwriting

After being a mom for 30 years, Jan is forced to deal with the fact that her youngest son has finally left the nest. On a road-trip down the Oregon Coast, she begins to learn what it means to live life after motherhood.


Manos Sucias — Josef Wladyka, writer/director; Elena Greenlee and Márcia Nunes, producers — postproduction

A desperate fisherman and a naive young man embark on a dangerous journey trafficking drugs up the Pacific coast of Colombia. Hidden beneath the waves, they tow a narco-torpedo filled with millions of dollars worth of cocaine. Together they must brave the war-torn region while navigating the growing tension between them.


Start at the End — Jonah Markowitz, writer/director — packaging

Start at The End is a character-driven drama that explores the similarities between the family we are born into and the one that we create. The story begins with a tragic accident that results in a gay couple becoming caretakers of their teenaged niece and nephew. As grief catapults all four onto seemingly individual paths of despair and discovery, the inherent bond of family contains these journeys into one that is shared. For more information visit


Terrible Love — Christopher Thomas, writer/director; Luke Helmer, producer — postproduction

When her wounded husband returns home from Iraq with violent PTSD, a devoted wife must choose between her daughter's safety and the preservation of her marriage. For more information visit

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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.