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Celebrating 10 Years of the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

Ian Olds, Esther Robinson, Rachael Rakes and Thom Powers celebrate 10 incredible years of the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant.

Ian Olds, Esther Robinson, Rachael Rakes, and Thom Powers at the Lincoln Center celebration

The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds first-time documentary directors to attend the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina; at the festival, grant recipients are given access to films, master classes, and mentorship by experienced filmmakers, and also present short excerpts from their works-in-progress.

To celebrate the Garrett Scott Grant’s tenth anniversary, Full Frame and the Center for Documentary Studies hosted an event at Lincoln Center in New York City on June 1, 2016. “An amazing group of filmmakers gathered with us to celebrate!,” said Full Frame director Deirdre Haj. “From seasoned professionals and former grant winners to the two first-time filmmakers showing their work as 2016 grant recipients, this is what Full Frame does best: allowing the amazing, experienced filmmakers in the field to support and celebrate newcomers and their work. It is an honor for Full Frame to foster this spirit of generosity and camaraderie among documentary filmmakers, whether we are in Lincoln Center or the Carolina Theatre.”

Enjoy this short film highlighting past Garrett Scott Grant winners, created in honor of the celebration.

Garrett Scott made a distinctive mark in documentary during his short career. “With a cold eye and a warm heart,” as colleague Ian Olds described his approach, Scott examined how the forces of state power and economics impact individuals. Without any formal training in film, he directed Cul De Sac: A Suburban War Story and Occupation: Dreamland, codirected with Olds, which won prizes at Full Frame and the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2006, Scott died of a heart attack at age 37; friends, family, and colleagues established this development grant to help other emerging filmmakers reach their potential. The grants selection committee looks especially for filmmakers who fulfill Scott’s example by bringing a unique vision to the content and style of contemporary documentary making. Learn more about the Garrett Scott Grant on Full Frame’s website.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies.

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