Poet Robert Bly is the subject of one of four documentaries that got finishing funds from MNFilmTV through legacy money. Photo by Renee Jones Schneider.
The only kind of funding harder for indie filmmakers to get than start-up money is finishing money -- for that least sexy but oh-so-necessary step, post-production. That's why local moviemakers are encouraged by the Minnesota Film and TV Board's reimbursement grants,made possible through the Legacy Amendment.
The four 2013 winners are Dominic Howes, Al Milgrom, Mike Scholtz and Norah Shapiro. Each project -- they're all documnetaries -- will be reimbursed for 50% of post-production costs, up to a limit of $80,000.
Howes' " Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy," is a portrait of the prominent Minnesota poet and social critic. Milgrom's "The Dinkytown Uprising" chronicles the two-month occupation of the social-change hotbed of a neighborhood in 1970.
Shapiro looks at what happens to a Tibetan-American teen who goes to the Himalayas to compete in a beauty pageant in "Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile." Scholz's "Wicker Kittens" tells the story of the country's largest jigsaw puzzle competition, held each January at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.