PIFVA Finishing Funds - Past Recipients
2014 AWARD RECIPIENTS
David Block, Horses Don’t Judge (documentary short)
Horses work wonders for people with physical, mental, emotional challenges by reading human energy.
Phil Carroll, The Road to Jericho (narrative short)
Carter and his elderly hostage “Shades” set out in a stolen cab to pitch to a movie producer.
David Diperstein, Will to Live (narrative short)
An exorcist finds herself in over head when she tries to rid a house of its former owner.
Adam Evans, Pine Tree (narrative short)
An obsessive carpenter is forced to reevaluate his life when his latest table begins to speak.
Jacob Feiring, Samantha’s Amazing Acro-Cats (documentary feature)
A documentary that follows Samantha Martin and her traveling cat circus across America.
Rebecca Ferris, Can’t Stop the Water (documentary short)
A Native American community fights to save its culture as its land washes away.
Dom Hilton, Dizzy Fingers (documentary short)
Joe Soprani describes some of the most impressive stories of his 75-year journey with the accordion.
Michael Johnston, A Man Full of Trouble (narrative short)
A dark comedy about a suicidal Alexander Hamilton re-enactor in Philadelphia.
Tiona McClodden, Bumming Cigarettes (documentary short)
A short film about a brief & intimate meeting between a young Black lesbian woman and an HIV+ Black.
Jon Olshefski, After the Sound: PJ’s Story (documentary short)
After the Sound: PJ's Story depicts a North Philadelphia family as they experience consequences of gun violence that resonate long after the trigger is pulled. The emphasis is on the intimate moments that occur after the media attention has subsided.
David Romberg, Man of the Monkey (documentary feature)
A filmmaker's journey to a Brazilian island in search of a man living in isolation with a chimpanzee.
Israel Vasquez, Return to Yirol (documentary feature)
A story of reunion and rebuilding in South Sudan.
Dan Zubrzycki, A Matter of Propriety (narrative short)
After being kidnapped by the Irish mob, David Mercer must summon all of his street smarts to survive. But when confronted by the leader, Father Fahey (Bill Raymond of 'The Wire') a man unlike the others, he realizes he may be in too deep.
SPRING 2013 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Mingyuan Huang, Mrs. Chai’s New Year
Mrs. Chai, who is 81 years old, would be celebrating Chinese New Year all by herself. However, she has hope: her son promised to come back to visit her this September and learn how to make bannock from his mother.
Qiuchen Cao, I Don't Speak English
"I Don't Speak English" describes a Chinese girl's experience when she first arrives in the US as a total unacquainted land. She arrives her apartment without any furniture and sleeps on the floor for the first night. Because of the time difference, she cannot sleep and begins to feel hungry. But even without the ability to express herself, how can she find food?
Charles Blevins, Archer and Little Bear
A brother and sister play all day together, ultimately butt heads.
Jon Kaufman, Pull of Gravity
700,000 people are released from prison each year in the U.S. What happens when they come home?
Lise Raven, Kinderwald
A Western set in 1854 about the family of two small children who go missing in the mountains.
Amberien Alqadar, A Day in the Life of Ayesha
An ex-marine, an Indian cab driver and his daughter in a web of interconnected hallucinatory reality.
Tatiana Bacchus, Altered
From infected scientist to grieving mother, Beth Darren is Altered.
Zachary Auron, Vocabulary of the Mysteries
A rebellious god Hephaestus enlists the help of a dancing robot to build his own Mt Olympus on Earth.
Malia Bruker, Heirloom
Trekking the US and tracing their histories of rebellion, 2 baby-boomers consider the future.
2012 FALL AWARD RECIPIENTS
Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez
Sonia Sanchez has traveled many roads and faced myriad challenges on her way to becoming one of the most admired poets of her generation, a woman whose razor sharp voice confronts taboos and reveals painful truths.
Matt Pillscher, Broken On All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.
Exposes the horrors and racism of the largest incarceration state in world history, and traces its history and causes using Philadelphia as an entry point.
Scott Ross and Karl Beyer, The Burning House
A fictional parody of a real-life blog (theburninghouse.com), this short comedy tells the story of a cursed young hipster who is forced to flee his home and survive on the streets of Philadelphia using nothing but an armload of vintage and designer knick-knacks.
Bianca Swift, Germantown Boys
A documentary about three brothers—Rich, George, and Jack Alliger—and their memories of Germantown, PA during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, a reminder of the
difficult post-war economic shifts that followed Philadelphia’s industrial boom and the loss that comes with the passing of time.
Dave Janetta, Love and Terror in the Howling Plains of Nowhere
In the summer of 2006, Dr. Steven Haataja arrived in the isolated, high-plains town of Chadron, Nebraska for a teaching position at the local college. That winter, he disappeared without a trace. Ninety-five days later his body was found bound to a
tree and burned beyond recognition in the remote hills south of campus. "Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere" follows "beat" author and Chadron resident Poe Ballantine as he explores the bizarre mystery of the unexplained death.
Richard Hoffman, Watermelon Magic
The story of a farmer’s daughter who discovers the joy of growing and sharing everyone's favorite summertime treat. Time-lapse photography and still-image filmmaking bring nature to life and reveal the incredibly captivating growth of plants from seed to sprout to flower to fruit. Created for giant screen (IMAX) theaters in science centers, this film truly inspires scientific inquiry and an appreciation for one of our most basic human needs: healthy food.
Doris Chiaching Lin, Maquette 1:1000
Lin investigates a Taiwanese young architect’s self-awareness through the observation of two difference cities. Impacted by the cultural shock in the foreign environment of the West, Lan Lin makes her decision as she is again facing the same experience, unexpected pregnancy and reconstructs her artistic faith in her career within this extraordinary journey.
Haito Guo, Mother and Daughter
This film explores the mother-daughter relationship in a Chinese immigrant family. The generational differences were like those experienced by other mothers and daughters, but the cultural distinctions added another dimension to the story.
Kurt Sensenig, Riding On Air
Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Kaitlyn’s shortened life expectancy urges her to get as much out of life as possible, and she embarks on a mountain bike race that will test her fighting spirit.
2012 SPRING AWARD RECIPIENTS
Shane Book, Lover’s Rock
Doris Chia-Chin, Drop Dead Gorgeous
Lindsey Martin, Every Speed
Roderick Coover, Katastrofetrilogien
Shahin Izadi, Extremist
Jon Olshefski, Scooper
Emre Ozdemir, Wind, Sand and Stars