San Francisco Film Society Announces Winners of the 2013 SFFS Documentary Film Fund

by Beth Hanna
July 25, 2013 2:30 PM
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The San Francisco Film Society has announced the three winners of its 2013 SFFS Documentary Film Fund, totaling $100,000 in awards, which support feature-length documentaries in post-production. Winners below.


"The Babushkas of Chernobyl"

The Babushkas of Chernobyl — Anne Bogart and Holly Morris, co-director/producers — $40,000

As Fukushima smolders, and the world grapples with a dangerous energy era, an unlikely human story emerges from Chernobyl to inform the debate. The Babushkas of Chernobyl is the story of an extraordinary group of women who live in Chernobyl’s post-nuclear disaster “Dead Zone.” For more than 25 years they have survived—and even, oddly, thrived—on some of the most contaminated land on earth. For more information visit the film's website.

Anne Bogart is a Los Angeles–based writer and documentary director/producer. For the past 12 years she has directed and produced numerous episodes for the Globe Trekker travel series. For 15 years she worked in Paris and London as a staff writer for Women’s Wear Daily and a freelance writer for numerous American magazines including Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. While in Europe, Bogart also produced and directed documentary and entertainment programming for a variety of French and U.K. broadcasters.

Holly Morris is the writer/director/creator of the award-winning eight-part PBS documentary series about extraordinary women around the world, Adventure Divas, and author of the book Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine. Her award-winning story A Country of Women—on which The Babushkas of Chernobyl is based—was originally published in MORE magazine, won Meredith's "Editorial Excellence Award," is featured in Best Travel Literature: 2013, and was republished in London’s Daily Telegraph and The Week.

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  • David Patterson | July 26, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    Love to hear about life can thrive in such a toxic environment. The story of the underdog achieving greatness is one that always tugs at my heart strings. Stories dealing with children even have a stronger impact to me.

    NYC has released some great documentaries recently, take the documentary “The Children Next Door” that is being featured in NYC this week for it’s week long theatrical run on the impact of domestic violence on children……. the producer didn’t know how the story would end when he followed the children survivors of this terrifying story …… In fact, the full impact of this story will take a lifetime to unfold…..

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