Archive for February, 2010

Tamra Davis, the director of “Gun Crazy” and “Jean-Michel Basquiat: the Radiant Child,” among other films, speaks about Sarah and her work.

We’re making a tribute reel of memories of Sarah and her work–if you were touched by one of her films, or inspired by one of her talks, or met her or knew her, and would like to share, just email us. sjfilmgrant (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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2010 Call for Entries


This year we plan to give out two grants to support a film project in any stage of completion from pre-production through distribution. We are open to films of any length and genre, from documentary to experimental to narrative. What we are looking for are projects that in some way embody Sarah’s spirit and represent the values that she articulated in her work — powerful representations of women, a do-it-yourself approach to filmmaking and life, and a passionate commitment to advancing equality without sacrificing fun.

To apply for the grant, please mail the following materials to the The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant postmarked by NOVEMBER 15, 2010. Winners will be announced in December, 2010

1. A synopsis/treatment of the project (no more than 3 pages). Please include a detailed description of the film — its subject, style, structure, and distribution strategy. Please also explain why your project is appropriate for this grant.

2. A simple one-page budget for the project. Also include a paragraph describing other funding you have received for this project and how you would use the money from this grant.

3. A short bio for the filmmaker with reliable contact information.

4.  Six copies of a single work sample: either a trailer or rough-cut of the project you’re applying for the grant with, or an example of previous work. The work sample should be on DVD.

Check the grant web page for updates: http://www.sjfilmgrant.wordpress.com
Contact: sjfilmgrant@gmail.com

Sarah Jacobson Film Grant
c/o Mikki Halpin
583 Driggs Ave
Apt 4F
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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See the post right below this for info!

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An evening to honor DIY filmmaker Sarah Jacobson

And a benefit for the Sarah Jacobson Film Grant

February 15, 2010



7 pm doors, 8 pm show

Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

On Monday, February 15, 2009, filmmakers, punk rockers, feminists, and musicians will gather to remember filmmaker Sarah Jacobson (1970–2004). The evening will include an appearance from Sarah’s mother Ruth Jacobson, and her sister Lee Jacobson. There is a $5 suggested donation at the doors, and all  proceeds will go to the Sarah Jacobson Film Grant, which supports independent young women filmmakers.

Sarah Jacobson (1971–2004) was a a filmmaker who wrote, produced, and directed several movies in the 1990s, including “Mary Jane’s Not A Virgin Any More” and “I Was a Teenage Serial Killer.” Sarah’s films reflected her punk sensibilities, her feminist beliefs, and her dedication to DIY principles. She and her mother Ruth Jacbson brought “Mary Jane” to the 1997 Sundance festival, and it was named by Film Threat as one of the “25 Underground Films You Must See.” Sarah was active in the music scene and directed several music videos, including one for Man… or Astroman? She died in 2004 at the age of 32.

After her death, filmmaker Sam Green and Sarah’s mother established the Sarah Jacobson Film Grant for young women “whose work embodies some of the things that Sarah stood for: a fierce DIY approach to filmmaking, a radical social critique, and a thoroughly underground sensibility.” Since 2004, the grant has been awarded to eight filmmakers: Marie Losier, Natasha Mendonca, Kara Herold, Gretchen Hogue, Joanna Dery, Vanessa Renwick, Ellen Lake, and Veronica Majano.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Sarah Jacobson” will celebrate Sarah’s life and work. It also launches the grant cycle for 2010 and information about applying for the grant will be available at the event and on the website: https://sjfilmgrant.wordpress.com/.

The evening will begin with a short screening of samples of previous grant winners and two of Sarah’s short films. Filmmaker Barbara Hammer and Sarah’s mother Ruth will then speak and introduce “Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Any More.” The evening will also include video tributes from Sarah’s fans and friends including Kathleen Hanna, Allison Anders, Tamra Davis, Michelle Handelman, George Kuchar, Sam Green, and Craig Baldwin.

Glasslands is located at 289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

[L] to Bedford, [J] to Marcy

To RSVP on Facebook, visit the event page.

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Check out the  filmmakers who have been awarded the Sarah Jacobson Film Grant in the past:

2013 :

Gina Kelly: Super Natura

Talena Sanders: Liahona

2012 Winners:

Mary Guzmán: Replaceable

Heather Lenz: KUSAMA: Princess of Polka Dots

Kate Marks: Miracle Maker: A Tale for Lost Causes and Desperate Cases

Akosua Adoma Owusu: Kwaku Ananse


Abby Moser: Grrrl Love and Revolution: Riot Grrrl NYC

Susan Mogul: Rude Girls

Lana Wilson and Martha Shane : After Tiller

2009: Ellen Lake: Call + Response Natasha Mendonca 2007: Jo Dery: Peeks

Marie LosierThe Genesis of Pandrogeny

Kara Herold: Bachelorette, 34 Vanessa Renwick: Portrait #2: Trojan Gretchen Hogue: See Photo 2004 Veronica Majano for her experimental documentary film Remember Los Siete

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