TWIN CITIES (Nov. 26, 2013) — William Eigen and Maya Washington Selected for Reimbursement Funds Minnesota filmmakers William Eigen and Maya Washington have been selected to receive reimbursement from the film production reimbursement program funded with Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
The Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage (LACH) Production Reimbursement Program, established by Minnesota Film and TV and Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota, is designed to support professional, mid-career filmmakers’ feature length narrative or long form documentary projects that align with Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage goals. Eligible projects are those close to the production stage, but have not yet started filming.
Reviewers represented film and television professionals, educators, and members of arts organizations from Minnesota. Program administrators focused on the applicants’ alignment with Legacy principles to determine eligibility and the review panel focused on work samples, budget, feasibility and marketing/distribution plans. Panelists were Daniel Bergin, Julie Hartley and Mariko Yoshimura-Rank.
William Eigen will be reimbursed up to $75,000 for his narrative feature project “The Jingle Dress”.
John Red Elk hears from his relatives down in Minneapolis that his Uncle Norton is dead and vows to go to the big city to find out what really happened to him. At its heart, The Jingle Dress is an immigrant story of an Ojibwe family that moves from the rural White Earth Indian reservation in northern Minnesota, to the heart of urban Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood. We follow the Red Elk family as they discover this new culture and through their experience and unvarnished perspective as we are able to view our own Minnesota culture with fresh eyes, as well as gain insight into their ancient, indigenous society.
Maya Washington will be reimbursed up to $100,000 for her documentary project “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar”.
A scholarship to Michigan State University allowed filmmaker Maya Washington’s father, wide-receiver Gene Washington, to leave his small segregated town of Laporte, TX and contribute greatly to college football and Minnesota Vikings history as one of the “50 Greatest Vikings of All Time.” After retiring from the NFL, Gene Washington became a trailblazer in the Minnesota business community, creating partnerships between corporations, colleges, and universities throughout the country to connect students of color with employment opportunities in Minnesota. This film reveals the ways that scholarships impacted the lives of players of color, who were literally dropped into an integrated environment for the first time, and their white teammates at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in America and the impact on the present generation 50 years later.
More information on the program can be found at www.mnfilmtv.org/incentives/legacy-grants and www.ifpmn.org/LACH2012.