Since 2018, Logan Elevate Grant provides funds to emerging women and non-binary filmmakers of color directing feature-length journalistic documentary films. From 2022 onward IDA will award $30,000 to three grantees. This grant provides story consulting for grantees and also funds educational programming throughout the year. This program is made possible by the generosity of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation.
This year IDA will award $30,000 to each Logan Elevate grantee. In addition to story consulting and dedicated artist support, this grant provides year-long individualized professional development opportunities and filmmaker-guided public programming.
This year’s grantees are Janay Boulos, a Lebanese journalist and filmmaker who is working on a currently confidential project; Arya Rothe, an Indian filmmaker and a co-founder of NoCut Film Collective, with her project Untitled (working title) about Somi, an indigenous woman from India who fought as an armed Naxalite to defend the land rights of her people; and Pallavi Somusetty, a filmmaker who creates doc portraits that center BIPOC voices, for her project Coach Emily (working title), about Emily Taylor, an Oakland-based queer Black rock climbing coach, who fearlessly trains a diverse group of BIPOC girls and non-binary kids, including her daughter Milo.