30 docus gain Sundance grants


NEW YORK -- The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund is giving 30 new features nearly $750,000 in grants, including works from veteran helmers Albert Maysles and Frederick Wiseman.

"Gimme Shelter" director Maysles' new project is the autobiographical film "Handheld and From the Heart." "Titicut Follies" creator Wiseman has the self-explanitory "Boxing Gym" in the works.

The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program also is funding "Looking for Langston" director Isaac Julien's profile of late director Derek Jarman and "Teatro!" helmer Pamela Yates' Guatemalan genocide inquiry "Granito." Although some of the films are from vets like these and Anne Makepeace, most are from emerging filmmakers with a global perspective.

Other notable projects cover the murder of a gay couple in Fiji ("An Island Calling"), female Iraq vets ("Team Lioness"), nonviolent resistance in wartorn Colombia ("Peaceful Warriors") survivors of North Korean concentration camps ("Kimjongilia"), Nicaraguan banana farmers ("Bananas") and a Chinatown in Africa ("Chinese Safari"). Awards are given out by SIDFP twice a year.