Meet Our Newest Catalyst Grantees
As year two gets into full swing, we're excited to share some of our newest Glassbreaker Films Catalyst grantees, and are thrilled to be working with this incredible cohort of talented emerging filmmakers.
Catalyst Grants are designed for early career filmmakers who are less than five years out of college or graduate school. This grant provides mentorship for emerging filmmakers and funds to produce a nonfiction original film project for digital platforms.
Sophia Nahli Allison is an experimental documentary filmmaker, educator, and time traveler. She is passionate about excavating and reimagining dreams, ancestral memories, and the archives of black women and girls.Through her work she conjures and explores beliefs of afrofuturism and Black Feminist Thought. In 2017 Allison was named the Student Video Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographer Association. She was a participant of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, and the 2nd Annual New York Times Lens Blog Portfolio Review. Her work has been featured on the cover of PDN, online with The Atlantic, PBS, Fusion and more. As an educator she's taught photo and video to youth in Chicago and Los Angeles and is a grateful recipient of a Chicago 3Arts Award.
Miranda Kahn is an experimental paper artist, actress, film maker and puppeteer committed to social justice. Kahn’s work aims to create original, interdisciplinary performances and film which evoke social change. Kahn received her BFA in Acting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA from The California Institute of the Arts. Her short film "Love in the Time of Toxicants" was recently featured at the American Public Health Association's 2017 conference film festival.
And Nellie Kluz is a filmmaker and artist based in Chicago. Using curiosity, observation and analysis, she records and interprets various locations and communities – focusing on social interactions, belief systems and material realities. Her films have screened at venues like the Full Frame Film Festival, Festival de Popoli, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival Boston, the Maryland Film Festival, The DocYard, the Sidewalk Film Festival, Rooftop Films and others. She has been the recipient of the Princess Grace Film Award and a Rooftop Films Short Film Grant. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 Faces of Independent Film" for 2017.
We can't wait to see what these superstars produce! Applications for Catalyst Grants are now open. To find out more information, and to apply, click here.