Journalism & Media

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The Conversation

A series of short films that will serve as a catalyst for dialogue on the deep racial tension and polarization that exist in U.S. communities Read More
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The Fire and the Bird's Nest

Inspired by the stories of her ancestors, a young mother fights to protect her homeland. Read More
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The Oakland Police Project

Following the Oakland, California Police Department as it works to build trust within the community Read More
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The Unafraid

Four friends seek a college education, after the state of Georgia bans undocumented students from its top universities Read More
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To Bridge the Divide

Exploring efforts of a suburban high school to address racial equity and academic achievement Read More
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Exposing the criminal underground that allows American companies to profit from workers held as modern day slaves in the U.S. Read More
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Tribal Justice

Following two tribal court judges who strive to reduce incarceration rates and heal their people through restorative justice practices Read More
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Untitled Missouri Film

Revealing the history of St. Louis, Missouri’s atomic weapons past and the consequences of illegal dumping of uranium and thorium in suburban neighborhoods Read More
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Whiteness Project

Exploring the role of whiteness in the American racial paradigm Read More
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MacArthur Awards 19 Documentary Film Grants

The new grants represent MacArthur’s largest single year investment in documentaries, and they bring the total number of documentary films supported by the Foundation since 1985 to more than 300. Read More


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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Kathy K. Im

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Jennifer Humke

Senior Program Officer
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Lauren Pabst

Program Officer

Gwendolyn W. Bolling

Team Administrator

Susan M. Salaba

Program Administrator
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Maple Walker

Team Coordinator

Media Contact

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Sean Harder

Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Joanna Cohen

Program Officer, Evaluation