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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 25, 2013 at 2:30PM

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 Freedom Fighters
The Freedom Fighters
 Freedom Fighters — Jamie Meltzer, director — $20,000

There's a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by a group of exonerated men who have all spent decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. They call themselves the Freedom Fighters, and they’ve recently started working their first cases. For more information visit the film's website.

Jamie Meltzer’s feature documentary films have been broadcast nationally on PBS and have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. They include Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story (Independent Lens, 2003), Welcome to Nollywood (PBS Broadcast, 2007), La Caminata (2009), and Informant, which won four best documentary/grand jury awards at film festivals in 2012 and is being released in theaters nationwide by Music Box Films. Meltzer teaches in the MFA Program in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University.


Tomorrow We Disappear — Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber, co-director/producers — $40,000

When their homes are illegally sold to real estate developers, the magicians, acrobats and puppeteers of Delhi's Kathputli colony must unite—or splinter apart forever.

"Tomorrow We Disappear"
"Tomorrow We Disappear"
Jimmy Goldblum is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, and interactive producer. In 2008 he won an Emmy for “New Approaches to Documentary” for Live Hope Love, a project he produced for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Goldblum’s projects have won Emmy, FWA, Webby, and SXSW awards and have earned coverage from the New York Times, Wired magazine, USA Today, and CNN.    

Adam Weber is currently editing Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, Michel Gondry's animated documentary about Noam Chomsky. He was the editor of Kanye West's interactive film Cruel Winter, and assistant editor on Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds.

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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.