July Grants Announced

The foundation is extremely pleased to announce the following grants for July 2016:

  • A grant to the Film Collaborative to help underwrite production and post-production costs for the short animated documentary film Half a Life, directed by Tamara Shogaolu. The ten-minute film focuses on Adam, a young Egyptian gay man who witnesses the Cairo police raping a young boy with a stick to “test” the boy’s sexuality—an abuse commonly committed against Egyptians accused of being gay. The event prompts Adam to become a gay-rights activist and to participate in the Tahrir Square uprising. Half a Life offers a firsthand look at the gay experience in Egypt before and in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution.
  • A grant to Pride Films & Plays, Chicago, to assist in the development of a new musical, A History Of Summer, by Adam Mathias and Jonathan Monro. The musical surveys the last century of summers at America’s earliest established gay communities—Cherry Grove and the Fire Island Pines—and explores the residents’ lives and loves, hopes and heartbreaks. Two concert readings of the work, held in late June, will be followed by a full-scale world premiere production to be presented during Pride Films & Plays’ 2016/17 season.
  • A grant to Celebration Theatre, Los Angeles, to help offset costs of its summer 2016 play-reading series.