California Humanities Awards $391,500 in California Documentary Project Grants


OAKLAND, Calif., March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – California Humanities is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 California Documentary Project (CDP) grants. This year we have awarded $391,500 to 15 film, radio, and new media productions that reflect a diverse range of topics and issues, ranging from a deeply personal look at the power of positive mentorship in stemming the school to prison pipeline; to the unexpected stories of Compton, California’s African American cowboys; to the phenomenon of “birth tourism” in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley; to a multimedia project documenting the stories of people and communities effected by climate migration due to drought in California’s Central Valley.

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Since 2003, California Humanities has awarded over $4.5 million to film, radio, and new media projects that document vital California subjects and issues and that reach and engage statewide and national audiences through broadcast and distribution, at film festivals and community screenings, in classrooms, and online.

“California Humanities has a long history of supporting important and accessible documentaries that tell the story of this state and that help us better understand our past, present, and future,” said Julie Fry, President & CEO of California Humanities. “We’re proud to support these 15 new extraordinary film, radio, and new media documentaries.”

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About the California Documentary Project
The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grants program that supports documentary film, radio, and new media productions that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. Previous CDP grantees include Last Day of Freedom (2016 Academy Award nominee), The Return (San Francisco International Film Festival, POV), The Case Against 8 (Sundance Film Festival, HBO), No Más Bebés (Los Angeles Film Festival, Independent Lens), We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco (Sundance Film Festival, Independent Lens), and Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning (American Masters).

About California Humanities
California Humanities is an independent non-profit and state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. To find out more about California Humanities and the projects we support, visit