About

A behind the scenes look at the filming of The Blood is at the Doorstep. A man is in the center of a crow holding a camera.
Erik Ljung filming The Blood is at the Doorstep.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s On Screen/In Person program is designed to bring independent film and communities together by match-making American filmmakers with presenters fromacross the mid-Atlantic region.

Selected filmmakers receive touring funds for travel, a $400 stipend for each engagement, and countless opportunities to connect with new audiences. Animation, experimental, documentary, narrative, and collections of short films on any subject are accepted for consideration.

For more information about On Screen/In Person, including the current grantees and host sites, please click through the tabs above.

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.

Guidelines

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.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2019-2020 program year.

What’s New for Next Year and How Can I Apply?

The On Screen/In Person program is currently under evaluation.  Details regarding updates and changes will be available by later summer 2019.  Please check back at that time for more information.

Current Tours

SEPTEMBER 2019

The Interpreters
Co-Directors Andrés Caballero and Sofian Khan

Iraqi and Afghan interpreters were key to the U.S. war effort, but now many face danger in their countries because of their work.  The Interpreters follows the lives of a chain-smoking Iraqi codenamed “Phillip Morris” who was able to make it to the U.S. with the help of an American soldier, an Afghan called Malik who is still working as an active interpreter at the U.S. base in Kabul despite threats to his life, and an Afghan named Mujtaba who fled with his family as refugees to Turkey, as they work to rebuild their lives.

OCTOBER 2019

Badger Creek and The Thick Dark Fog
Co-Directed and Produced by Jonathan Skurnik and Randy Vasquez
Touring Filmmaker Jonathan Skurnik

Badger Creek is the documentary portrait of a Blackfeet (Pikuni) family, the Mombergs, who live on the lower Blackfeet Reservation in Montana near the banks of Badger Creek. In addition to running a prosperous ranching business, they practice a traditional Blackfeet cultural lifestyle that sustains and nourishes them. The film takes us through a year in the life of the family, and through four seasons of the magnificent and traditional territory of the Pikuni Nation.

Walter Littlemoon was forced to attend a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota sixty years ago, where any expression of native identity was met with beatings, humiliation, and abuse. After carrying this unresolved trauma into adulthood, Walter decided to write and publish his memoirs as a way to explain his past abusive behaviors to his estranged children. But dealing with the memories of his boarding school days nearly put an end to the project. The Thick Dark Fog tells the story of how Walter confronted his past so that he could heal himself and his community.

NOVEMBER 2019

Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route
Director Pamela Sporn

Detroit 48202: Conversations Along A Postal Route examines the rise, demise, and contested resurgence of the City of Detroit through the lens of African-American mail carrier, Wendell Watkins, and the committed community he faithfully served for thirty years. Though stories of resistance and resilience, Wendell’s customers share how they pushed back against racial segregation in housing and challenged disinvestment, proposing creative ways to re-imagine an inclusive, productive, and re-invigorated city.

FEBRUARY 2020

The Blood is at the Doorstep
Director Erik Ljung

On April 30, 2014, Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer responding to a non-emergency wellness check. Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre’s death, The Blood is at the Doorstep is an intimate vérité  documentary that follows his family as they struggle to find answers and challenge a criminal justice system stacked against them.

MARCH 2020

Risking Light
Producer Miranda Wilson

From the streets of Minneapolis, the aboriginal lands of Australia, and the killing fields of Cambodia, Risking Light is an exploration of resilience, and the painful process of moving from grief to compassion and forgiveness. This powerful documentary challenges us to examine our own beliefs about forgiveness and asks “What would the world look like if we could learn to forgive one another?”

APRIL 2020

Pizza, A Love Story
Director Gorman Bechard

Most everyone has a passion for pizza, but only New Haven, CT, lays claim to the Holy Trinity of pizza joints with Sally’s, Pepe’s, and Modern. They are not only a cornerstone of New Haven’s Italian-American heritage but also the establishments that set the bar for this immediately recognizable comfort food. Pizza, A Love Story follows the evolution of the modern day food staple from old world Italy into present day New Haven. Just wait ’til you get a taste…

Host Sites

Host sites for the 2019-2020 On Screen/In Person film series are as follows:

Atlas, Washington, DC
Millersville University of Pennsylvania – The Ware Center, Lancaster, PA
Reading Area Community College – Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro, VA
The Z, Virginia Beach, VA

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

Filmmakers

SEPTEMBER 2019

The Interpreters
Co-Directors Andrés Caballero and Sofian Khan

Photo Credit: Tom Mendes.

Andrés Caballero is a public radio producer, journalist and documentary filmmaker based in New York. He’s currently a producer at NPR’s Latino USA and his stories have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, PBS, Deutsche Welle, and other media outlets. He produced The Military Voices series for StoryCorps, about military personnel who served in post 9/11 conflicts. Caballero is a former NPR/Above the Fray fellow, where he reported stories from Cameroon and the Central African Republic.  He co-directed Gaucho Del Norte (2015), an observational documentary that follows the journey of a Patagonian immigrant sheepherder recruited to work in the American west. Caballero is also a 2016 MacArthur Documentary Grant recipient for The Interpreters. Andres is also on the board of the Americas Media Initiative, an organization that supports independent filmmakers in Cuba.

Photo Credit: Tom Mendes.

Sofian Khan is the founder of Capital K Pictures, a New York-based production house. His short work has appeared on Field of Vision, The Fader, Al Jazeera, PBS, Fusion, The Atlantic and Huffington Post. He is a 2016 MacArthur Documentary Grant recipient for The Interpreters (2018), completed with support from ITVS. Khan’s first feature doc The Dickumentary (2014) – a definitive history of the penis from its evolution millions of years ago to today – was acquired by Breaking Glass Pictures in the U.S., and made its festival premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival. His second feature Gaucho Del Norte (2015), was released shortly after, co-directed with producing partner Andrés Caballero. The film was a Jerome Foundation grant recipient, following South American shepherds who are recruited to work in the American west. It premiered at the 2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and subsequently aired on PBS’ America ReFramed series. Currently, Kahn is producing An Act Of Worship, based on a short film about the recent travel ban that he co-directed for Field of Vision. The feature-length documentary has received support from the Ford Foundation, the Islamic Scholarship Fund, and Mountainfilm’s commitment grant.

OCTOBER 2019

Badger Creek and The Thick Dark Fog
Co-Director and Producer Jonathan Skurnik

Photo Credit: LA Fellows Staff.

Jonathan Skurnik is a documentary producer, director and cinematographer. Five of his films have broadcast on PBS and European Television, as well as on domestic Satellite and Cable stations. His films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center and in art galleries in New York City and at over two hundred film festivals throughout the world. He has won numerous awards, including Best Documentary at the American Indian film festival, the Change Maker Award at the Media That Matters Film Festival, the Audience Award for Outstanding Achievement at Outfest, the Harry Chapin Media Award for films about poverty and Best Documentary Award at the UrbanTV film Festival.

NOVEMBER 2019

Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route
Director Pamela Sporn

Photo Credit: Lelanie Foster.

Pam Sporn is a Bronx-based documentary filmmaker, educator, and activist. Her previous work includes the documentaries Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories, With a Stroke of the Chaveta, Remembering the Mamoncillo Tree, and Disobeying Orders: GI Resistance to the Vietnam War. Her films have been featured in film festivals in the US, Cuba, Europe, and South America. Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route, is her latest production, for which she received funding from JustFilms/Ford Foundation. Sporn has also received grants and awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, CUNY Caribbean Exchange, and the Bronx Council on the Arts. A 28-year veteran teacher, Sporn helped pioneer social issue documentary making in NYC high schools.  She continues to teach new documentary storytellers by teaching in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College in NYC.

FEBRUARY 2020

The Blood is at the Doorstep
Director Erik Ljung

Photo Credit: Erik Ljung.

Erik Ljung is a freelance producer and director of photography currently based in the Midwest. His debut feature length documentary The Blood is at the Doorstep had its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival where it earned a critics pick from The Hollywood Reporter. He has shot and produced content for the New York Times, Netflix – Making a Murderer, VICE News, Travel Channel, PBS and CNN. In 2016, he won a Midwest Emmy for his work on public television’s Wisconsin Foodie. As a director of photography, he has worked with some of the world’s largest brands and ad agencies to produce commercial content. He is a former Nohl Fellow, and a two-time Brico Forward Fund recipient for his documentary work.

MARCH 2020

Risking Light
Producer Miranda Wilson

Photo Credit: Miranda Wilson.

Miranda Wilson has a passion for stories and storytelling. Her work focuses on creative and grassroots engagement, spanning radio, television, and film production; U.S. politics; non-profits; and healthcare.  She has traveled the world as a producer and her credits include Emmy-nominated work, as well as content for Sundance Channel, Food Network, and Twin Cities Public Television. 

Her first feature-length effort, Risking Light, premiered at Cinequest Film Festival; has achieved Best of Fest at Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and Audience Favorite at Big Water Film Festival; and screened at Cleveland International Film Festival, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Chania International Film Festival, Cambodia International Film Festival, and Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. Miranda hails from Columbus, Ohio; is an alumna of Georgetown University, insists on using the serial comma, and calls the Twin Cities home.

APRIL 2020

Pizza, A Love Story
Director Gorman Bechard

Photo Credit: Gorman Bechard.

New Haven-Based filmmaker and author, Gorman Bechard, is the director of 16 feature films including rock documentaries on The Replacements, Grant Hart, Archers of Loaf, Lydia Loveless, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers; the animal-rights film A Dog Named Gucci; and the cult horror-comedy Psychos in Love. He has also written six novels. In 2014, Bechard co-founded NHdocs: the New Haven Documentary Film Festival (NHdocs), which he co-directs with Yale Film and Media Studies professor Charles Musser.

Manage Your Grant

Filmmakers

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 https://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