Finishing Funds Recipients

Winter 2019

Stevie Robot directed by Philip Asbury (Scripted Fiction)
After her mother is in a serious accident, 11 year old Olivia is forced to rely on her ingenuity, some broken appliances, and a little bit of Magic, to save her.
Philip Asbury is a Project Manager at Mural Arts Philadelphia (MAP) where he develops and implements public art projects with local/international artists in collaboration with Philadelphia youth. Prior to 2013 when he started working at MAP, Asbury held the position of “Registrar” at Fleisher Art Memorial, a community art school based in South Philadelphia. His first short film “ See Me On The Beat” in 2016 was featured in the 2016 Black Star Film Festival.

Under Pressure: The Hidden Story of Pregnancy and Preeclampsia directed by Kristine Weatherston (Documentary)
Under Pressure: The Hidden Story of Pregnancy and Preeclampsia is both a 26 minute documentary film and a podcast series anchored in personal narratives. Beyond raising awareness about preeclampsia, Under Pressure will explore a broader context – why women’s health issues have a long history of being marginalized, and what we can do to keep the spotlight on these critical issues. 
Kristine Weatherston is media artist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University whose creative practice intersects archival research, family narrative, and documentary production. Through modes of nonfiction, she explores stories of survival, identity, history, and our everyday superpowers.

Sanctuary Stories Project directed by Ariel Goodman (Multimedia)
The Sanctuary Stories Project is a multimedia storytelling collaboration led by Colorado’s sanctuary leaders: Rosa Sabido, Sandra Lopez, Ingrid Encalada Latorre, and Araceli Velasquez. The project will be housed online as an interactive website that through audio narratives, original music compositions, and striking photography the women speak to their spiritual growth, their activism, and their perspectives on the system that now confines them.
Ariel Goodman is a media maker, educator, and works with young people in Philly public schools to create their own media that reflects their stories, communities, and perspectives on the world. With a background in radio, Ariel has worked with various media collectives in both Ecuador and the US to bring the voices from the streets of movements for social justice to the airwaves.

Finding Elijah directed by Yolonda Johnson-Young (Documentary)
Told from a mother’s perspective, Finding Elijah follows a young man’s journey from home; into mental illness, to homelessness, and ultimately to suicide. How a search for answers leads a mother to action.
Yolonda Johnson-Young is a Philadelphia native filmmaker, survivor, and activist. She began to learn documentary filmmaking at Scribe Video Center through the Film Scholar Program. In October 2018, Yolonda received the Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant to further her endeavors as a 1st time filmmaker.

Moment to Moment directed by Michael Attie (Documentary)
Moment to Moment tackles the difficult issue of slowly losing someone you love, but is also a testament to human resilience and the power of enduring love. Carl Duzen and Susan Jewett met over forty years ago, when they were both physics and art teachers, respectively, at a Lower Merion High School. Now in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, Carl is unable to engage in the scientific inquiry of his prior physics career.
Mike Attie is a filmmaker and an Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts and Program Director of the Film + Video major. In 2014, Attie released his co-directed feature documentary, In Country — an examination of reenactments of the Vietnam War as performed by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In Country premiered at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and screened at Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, DocNYC, Camden International, Sarasota, IFFBoston, New Orleans, and Big Sky.


Summer 2018

Cosmic Egg directed by Anula Shetty

Who Said You Can’t Dance directed by David Block

ELDER VOICES: Wisdom for our Times directed by David Goodman

Squirrel Hill Falls directed by Hilary Brashear

Chekhov's Dogs directed by Katya Gorker

Sisters directed by Kaye Pyle

Herrings directed by Keith Chamberlain

Laoban (老板) directed by Shane Scott


Fall 2017

Muñe directed by Catalina Jordan Alvarez

Marriage Cops directed by Cheryl Hess

Baobab Flowers directed by Gabriela Watson Aurazo

The Inside Look, An Artists’ Series directed by Jeree Edmunds

Resistance: The Battle of Philadelphia directed by M. Asli Dukan

New Divisions directed by Sarah Milinski