The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has unveiled over 20 million dollars in grants for 225 humanities projects throughout the nation and we are thrilled to announce that two films supported by our Production Assistance Program have received major funding! STORMING CAESAR’S PALACE (dir. Hazel Gurland-Pooler), which documents the formation of the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO) in Las Vegas in the 1970s, and ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE? (dir. Maximina Juson), an examination of the Electoral College and how race and slavery has shaped the voting process, were each awarded a $500,000 Development and Production Grant. These grants, of which there were only ten in this round, are intended to support the preparation of media programs, including radio, podcasts, television, and long-form documentary films, for distribution.
Since its creation in 1965, NEH has awarded more than $5.6 billion for humanities projects through more than 64,000 grants. Speaking about this year’s grants, NEH Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson said, “NEH is proud to support these 225 new projects, which embody excellence, intellectual rigor, and a dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, even as our nation and the humanities community continue to face the challenges of the pandemic. We look forward to the contributions these projects will make to our understanding of ourselves and our society through exemplary humanities research, publications, documentary films, exhibitions, and undergraduate programs.”
We are grateful that STORMING CAESAR’S PALACE and ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE? are getting well-deserved recognition and the funding they deserve. A huge congratulations to the filmmaking teams and thank you to the NEH for the support!
– Khadijah Ally