A woman with a camera is on the right hand side of the picture lying on the ground. She is looking into a screen on the camera, while a mongoose appears to sniff at the camera. There is a large group of mongooses behind him, and another looks to be approaching the camera as well. Photo is courtesy of filmmaker Sylvie Rokab.

Sylvie Rokab is director of the 2016-2017 OSIP film Love Thy Nature. Photo: Sylvie Rokab.

On Screen/In Person tours new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region.  Six films and their creators are selected for touring annually. Each tour engagement includes a public screening, a pre- or post-screening discussion with the visiting filmmaker, and a community activity with the filmmaker that provides greater appreciation for their work and the art of film.  Organizations in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia interested in serving as host sites for tours are selected by the Foundation through an open, competitive application process. The program is open to filmmakers from across the United States through a nationwide call for entries.  Animation, documentary, experimental and narrative works are eligible for consideration. Organizations accepted as host sites participate in the film selection process.

For more information about On Screen/In Person host sites, navigate to the the Host Site section below.

On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Information for Filmmakers

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s (“MAAF”) On Screen/In Person program provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region with their recent films and foster greater understanding and appreciation of their work through direct audience engagement.

Animation, experimental, documentary, and narrative films on any subject are accepted for consideration.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2018-2019 program year.

When Will I be Notified?

Applicants who submitted a 2018-2019 application will be notified of selection decisions by email no later than June 2018.

Need to update your contact information?  Email Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

Next Opportunity to Apply

Applications and guidelines for the 2019-2020 program year will be available in September 2019.

How it Works

  • Nonprofit venues and arts organizations in the mid-Atlantic region apply to partner with MAAF and serve as host sites for the touring filmmakers
  • Six films and filmmakers are selected to tour by the appointed host sites through a competitive review process
  • Tours are scheduled during six months of the program year (September-October-November; February-March-April of the applicable program year). Each selected filmmaker is scheduled to visit between approximately six-to-ten host sites and tour for up to three weeks during ONE of the months the program is active.
  • Each engagement on a tour includes a public screening preceded or followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker, and a community engagement collaboratively developed by the filmmaker and the local host site

What Filmmakers Receive

  • All travel expenses are paid by MAAF
  • A $200 per diem (for each calendar day the filmmaker is on tour) to cover accommodations, food, and miscellaneous travel costs
  • A $400 stipend from each host site/screening engagement

Who is Eligible*

To be eligible, filmmakers must:

  • NOT be enrolled as a K-12 student, or a matriculated student in any degree-granting program at the time of application or during the months the program is active (September-October-November 2018; February-March-April 2019)
  • Warrant that they have the legal right to submit the film for consideration to On Screen/In Person
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be available to tour during at least four out of six months the program is active (September-October-November; February-March-April). Note: Within this timeframe, selected filmmakers will only be required to tour for ONE 14-21 day period.
  • If the filmmaker is residing outside of the U.S. at the time of the tour, be willing and able to pay for their own international travel expenses (MAAF cannot cover the cost of international travel)
  • Be in good standing with MAAF at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant document

Film Eligibility*

To be eligible, films must:

  • NOT have a confirmed theatrical distribution deal at the time of submission that in any way limits the use of the film for the program.
  • NOT have been completed while the filmmaker was a K-12 student, or as part of any degree-granting program.
  • Be the original work of the applicant filmmaker and the filmmaker’s production team, if applicable.
  • Be completed works. No works-in-progress will be considered. To be considered “complete” for the purposes of this program, the film must be either exhibition-ready or in the final stages of post-production and picture locked at the time of submission.
  • Have a total run time of 45-120 minutes OR consist of a group of short films with a collective run time of 35-100 minutes.
  • Have been finalized after the completion date specified in the program guidelines, generally within the last three years for feature length films. For short films, the required date of completion is generally within the last eight years, with at least one of the films having been completed in the last three years.

* Eligibility requirements are subject to change and will be outlined in greater detail in future program guidelines. 

Stay in Touch!

Be the first to know about the availability of the 2019-2020 application as well as other opportunities from MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter (link opens in a new window) and opting in for electronic announcements.

Other questions about the program should be directed to Program Officer, Fellowships & Visual Arts, Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org

Current Tours

Visit our On Screen/In Person blog for the latest news from the road


Director Robert Rooy

DEEJ is the story of DJ Savarese (“Deej”), a gifted, young writer and an advocate for nonspeaking autistics. As a child, he was trapped in a silent world, abused in foster care, and written off as “retarded”. Now, as a high school student dreaming of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, stubborn obstacles to inclusion, and the often paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, Robert Rooy and DJ share editorial control as they navigate the challenges of representing autism.


Oil & Water
Co-Directors Francine Strickwerda and Laurel Spellman Smith

Oil & Water is the true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo and David were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world’s first company to certify oil as “fair trade.” Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofan, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet.


Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
Director Richard Goldsmith

From the rough-edged courts of New York City to recruitment by legendary Coach Pat Summitt in 1995 for the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols, Chamique Holdsclaw impressed crowds with her artistry, athleticism, and drive. As a 3-time NCAA champ and Number One draft pick in the WNBA, Holdsclaw seemed destined for a spectacular professional career until her long-suppressed battle with mental disorders emerged to threaten her life. Narrated by Glenn Close, Mind/Game intimately chronicles Holdsclaw’s athletic accomplishments and personal setbacks, and her decision, despite public stigma, to become an outspoken mental health advocate.


Little Stones
Director Sophia Kruz

From a graffiti artist in the favelas of Brazil raising awareness about domestic violence, to a choreographer in India using dance to rehabilitate survivors of human trafficking, Little Stones profiles four women, each of whom are contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women’s movement through their art. Featuring interviews with leading women’s rights experts in government, philanthropy, technology, public health and education sectors, Little Stones is a powerful showcase of how art can create positive change for women and girls around the world.

MARCH 2018

Big Sonia
Director Leah Warshawski

For years, Sonia Warshawski (90) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop (in a dead mall), she’s confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or retire. For a woman who admits she stays busy “to keep the dark parts away”, facing retirement dredges up long-forgotten fears and memories of her past. Big Sonia explores what it means to be a survivor and how this affects families and generations.

APRIL 2018

Ghost Town to Havana
Director Eugene Corr

Ghost Town to Havana follows filmmaker Eugene Corr as he spends five years on ball fields in inner city Oakland and Havana, documenting the lives of two extraordinary youth baseball coaches: Nicolás Reyes, a 61 year old Afro-Cuban who coaches in an economically desperate Havana neighborhood, and Roscoe Bryant, a 46 year old African-American man coaching in an Oakland neighborhood wracked by three decades of gang violence. After two years of US/Cuba sanctions and red tape, Coach Roscoe and 9 players fly to Havana to play Coach Nicolas’ team. As the boys gradually warm to the fun-loving friendship of their hosts, Roscoe receives a fateful phone call from home. Right fielder Chris Fletcher’s stepfather has been murdered on an Oakland street.

Host Sites

Host sites for the 2017-2018 On Screen/In Person film series are as follows:

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, PA
Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Lancaster, PA
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
Queen Theater, Wilmington, DE
Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA
Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro, VA

Please contact the venues directly for dates, times and locations of film screenings, and other program activities in their respective communities.



Director Robert Rooy

Film director Robert Rooy headshot.Robert Rooy is a producer and director whose latest film, DEEJ, is the latest of a lengthy array of projects in which Rooy has created media that engages and educates people about important human issues.  He has worked in more than twenty countries, profiling people and organizations involved in anti-poverty, human rights and environmental struggles.

Rooy’s credits include Farmer to Farmer: Strategies For Sustainable Agriculture, in partnership with Rodale Institute; The Social Entrepreneurship Series, a sixteen-part collection profiling social innovators produced in collaboration with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public; and To Our Credit, a two-part PBS series that was the first in-depth examination of microcredit, an innovative anti-poverty strategy, to air in the United States, among other projects.

Formerly a first assistant director in the mainstream film industry, Rooy is a veteran of more than forty productions, including Diner, Fame, Lonesome Dove, Honeymoon in Vegas, Tombstone, Minority Report, and The West Wing, as well as several films created for Prudential Lines, a passenger ship company.

Rooy received a BA from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and earned his MFA from the Yale University School of Drama.  Recently he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Calvin College, honoring his media work.  He is currently a National MediaMaker Fellow with the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco.


Oil & Water
Co-Directors Francine Strickwerda and Laurel Spellman Smith

Oil & Water co-directors Laurel Spellman and Francine Stickwerda.Francine Strickwerda is an award-winning director, writer, and producer of independent documentary films for PBS and Showtime, and owner of Flock This Way Films. Her other film credits include the feature documentary, Busting Out, about the history and politics of America’s obsession with the female breast. Her new documentary, Spirit of the Game, (in production) is the story of an extraordinary school counselor who helps children and families heal through the sport of Ultimate Frisbee.

An expert film fundraiser and grant writer, Strickwerda has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Independent Television Service (ITVS), Chicken & Egg Pictures, the City of Seattle, and many others. She offers consulting services to other filmmakers on story and fundraising.  She also runs Hullabaloo.tv, a Seattle production company that creates high-end corporate and commercial videos and websites with Tracy Dethlefs, creative director and editor. She has created videos for clients including the United Nations, Fortune 500 companies, and the Seattle Fire Department.

Previously, she worked on feature documentaries at Seattle’s KCTS Public Television, produced and executive edited national PBS websites, and was a senior producer at HealthTalk.com. Strickwerda began her storytelling career as a newspaper reporter, and she has a degree in journalism from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

Laurel Spellman Smith
is a two-time regional Emmy Award-winning producer of national and local programs for PBS including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and the documentary Faith & Fear: The Children of Krishna. She became an independent producer in 2003 and, in addition to Oil & Water, she co-directed and produced the women’s health documentary Busting Out which aired on Showtime and the Iraq War documentary The Corporal’s Diary, seen on PBS stations and Al Jazeera English. She is also a fan of other people’s films and is an annual juror for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Spellman Smith grew up in Los Angeles and Kauai before making a home in Seattle with her husband and cat.

Spellman Smith graduated from The Evergreen State College, where she studied film and cultural anthropology, pursuing her interest in the latter by traveling to over 100 countries. When not on the road or in the edit room, she manages a vacation rental house on a remote island in The Bahamas, and is a personal dresser, and President of the board at Dress for Success Seattle .


Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
Director Richard Goldsmith

Head shot of film director Richard Goldsmith.Rick Goldsmith’s documentary films address important social issues, have been broadcast nationwide and internationally, and are used in high schools, colleges, universities, and by activist and community organizations in the U.S. and throughout the world.

In addition to directing and producing Mind/Game: The Unqiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, Goldsmith co-produced and co-directed (with Judith Ehrlich) The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, the story of a former war planner who risks life in prison by leaking 7,000 pages of a top secret Pentagon report to The New York Times to help stop the Vietnam War.  The film was an Academy-Award nominee for Best Feature Documentary, an Emmy nominee, and winner of a George Foster Peabody award (for its POV nationwide broadcast on PBS). Goldsmith is also producer, director, editor, and co-writer of Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press, also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and broadcast/cablecast nationwide on public television, The Sundance Channel, and Free Speech TV.  His films have screened theatrically in more than 150 cities nationwide, and have been broadcast in 25 countries around the world.

He co-produced, co-directed (with Abby Ginzberg), and edited the acclaimed Everyday Heroes, a behind-the-headlines look at AmeriCorps and a provocative look at youth, race and national service.

Goldsmith is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Writers Guild of America, West, and the International Documentary Association (IDA).


Little Stones
Director Sophia Kruz

Film director Sophia Kruz.

Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Sophia Kruz has a passion for non-fiction storytelling and using art to create social change. Her work has screened at film festivals, museums, libraries, community centers, and health-care facilities nationwide, and broadcast on PBS.

Formerly a producer in Detroit Public TV’s National Documentary Unit, Kruz produced Ride the Tiger, an hour-long documentary on neuroscience and bipolar disorder, and Beyond the Light Switch, Hour 3, for national PBS broadcast. She also produced and directed the Emmy Award-winning documentary A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone, which was broadcast on all Michigan PBS stations, and throughout Canada. She is also an accomplished public speaker, appearing at audience Q&As at film festivals throughout North America, numerous keynote addresses to audiences at universities and to non-profit community organizations, and as a speaker at the 2017 TEDxUofM conference.

In 2015, Kruz co-founded the non-profit organization Driftseed with Little Stones cinematographer Meena Singh and Washington D.C. based attorney Ankita Singh. The non-profit seeks to empower women and girls in the U.S. and around the world through the art of documentary storytelling. Kruz was the recipient of the 2015-2016 University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women Visiting Social Activist fellowship, and her documentary work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Womanity Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Chace Foundation of the American Dance Therapy Association, and many others. She is an alumni of the University of Michigan department of Screen Arts and Cultures.

MARCH 2018

Big Sonia
Director Leah Warshawski

Film director Leah Warshawski.Leah Warshawski
produces documentary-style features, television, commercials, and branded entertainment in remote parts of the world. Her first feature film, Finding Hillywood won six awards including the Critic’s Award (Sebastopol Doc Festival) and the Audience Award (Napa Film Festival), and screened at more than 65 festivals around the world. Warshawski’s current documentary, Big Sonia, has already received international press and pitch forum invitations from IFP and HotDocs.

Warshawski’s career in film began in Hawaii working in the marine department for Lost and Hawaii. She is currently Co-Executive Producer for the feature documentary Personhood, and advises filmmakers on outreach, marketing, and hybrid distribution plans. In addition, Warshawski co-founded rwandafilm.org in 2012, a “LinkedIn” for Rwandan filmmakers supported by Bpeace and The Academy of Motion Pictures. When she’s not on a plane, you can find her swimming, hiking, and dreaming of whales.

APRIL 2018

Ghost Town to Havana
Director Eugene Corr

Film director Eugene Corr.Eugene Corr has broad experience in both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking. He wrote and directed the feature documentary Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter’s Journey (with Robert Hillmann), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He also wrote and directed the dramatic feature, Desert Bloom (Jon Voight, AnnaBeth Gish), Columbia Pictures (Sélection Officielle, Cannes Film Festival).

Corr has worked as a second unit director on major motion pictures (Bull Durham, Cobb), written or co-written dramatic features (Prefontaine, Never Cry Wolf, Wildrose), and written for TV (Getting Out, MC Hammer: Too Legit). Corr has directed episodic television, including Crime Story, Miami Vice, Shannon’s Deal, I’ll Fly Away, Dream Street, Against the Law, and Arli$$. He directed television commercials for Chelsea Pictures from 1987-92.

From ages 17-26, Corr was a factory worker, warehouseman, forklift driver, crane operator, auto, steel, and cannery worker. He started his career in film in 1973 as a member of Cine Manifest, a radical San Francisco film group in the 1970s. A restored print of his first feature, Over-Under, Sideways-Down, screened recently at the Film Anthology Center in New York City.

His current documentary, Ghost Town to Havana, has had a successful run on the festival circuit, winning, among other awards, the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival Audience Award and the Syracuse International Film Festival Sophia/Basel Shehade Award For Social Justice.

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Final Reports

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Filmmakers are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at http://midatlanticarts.egrant.net. Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the application for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

Use the below form for submission of any eligible travel expense reimbursement requests related to your participation in the On Screen/In Person tour. Please see your Grant Award Agreement for eligible expenses

Filmmaker On Screen/In Person Travel Reimbursement Form

For questions about the final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656