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Two $1,500 Cash Grant Winners for Social Justice Short Documentaries ANNOUNCED

The Indie Memphis IndieGrant's Program, in partnership with Artless Media, is proud to announce the winners of The Magnifying Glass grant, sponsored by Mark Jones!  

  • Kathy Lofton for SENESCENCE LOST 
    "Senescence Lost" takes a gripping, graphic and in depth look into the horrors of elder abuse in Shelby and neighboring counties.  
  • Robert Rowan for GET OFF THE BUS
    A day in the life of a Memphis MATA rider as they navigate their way through the city of Memphis.

The Magnifying Glass was created to assist in micro budgeted, expediently produced progressive or radical short films that aggressively investigate social injustice.

Selections were made by jury members...

Mid South Peace & Justice Center Executive Director Bradley Watkins

Filmmaker and activist
Rachel Weaver 

Filmmaker and Magnifying Glass founder Russell Sheaffer 

Congratulations to our Memphis filmmakers!

Indie GrizzGrants

$15,000 of Grants for Short Film Productions

The Memphis Grizzlies and Indie Memphis are awarding FIVE cash grants of $3,000/each for short films to be produced about the female Grizzlies-fan experience. The five winning films will premiere at the 2017 Indie Memphis Film Festival and will be considered for video content by the Memphis Grizzlies on social media and arena promotions.

2016 Indie GRizzGrant Winners:

Jeremy Burgess (Birmingham, AL) - MAMA BEARS 

Logline: A trio of single mothers uses Grizzlies games as an incentive to help their children perform well in school and stay out of trouble. 


Logline: Stephanie loves the Grizzlies. The online Grizz fan community loves her right back.  

Phoebe Driscoll & Sophie Osella (Memphis, TN) - METRONOME

Logline: A tomboy drummer finds rhythm in Memphis while dreaming of being on the Grizzline.

Brent Shrewsbury (Memphis, TN) - MY HERO

Logline: A young girl speculates whether or not her grandmother has a very high profile second identity. 

Laura Jean Hocking (Memphis, TN) - THE LAST FAN

Logline: Grizzlies fandom is alive and well in post-apocalyptic Memphis.


Dan Baker for DYSPHORIA - $10,000 IndieGrant

 Rachel Taylor for SOLUS - $10,000 IndieGrant

Christopher Tracy for SOPHIE - $500 IndieGrant

Stephanie Watkins for GIRLSLIKEME - $500 IndieGrant

2015 IndieGrants recipents:

Morgan Jon Fox for SILVER ELVES - $7500 IndieGrant

C. Scott McCoy & Laura Jean Hocking for HOW TO SKIN A CAT - $7500 IndieGrant

Jonas Schubach for DIRTY MONEY - $500 IndieGrant

Ben Siler for ON THE SUFFERINGS OF THE WORLD - $500 IndieGrant                                                         

2014 IndieGrants recipients:

Sarah Fleming for CARBIKE - $4,500 IndieGrant

GB Shannon for BROKE DICK DOG - $4,500 IndieGrant

Joseph Carr for RETURNS - $500 IndieGrant

Dindie Donelson for CASANOVA'S ROSES - $500 IndieGrant