Humane thing to do: HSUS ups pic grant


The Humane Society of the U.S. said at Sundance that it has upped its annual ACE/SilverDocs grant given to a feature-length documentary that raises awareness about animal issues from $10,000 to $25,000.

Part of the HSUS' Animal Content in Entertainment program run by the group's Hollywood Office, this year's grant will be announced in June at the SilverDocs: AFI Discovery Channel Documentary Festival in Silver Spring, Md.

"As the nation's largest mainstream animal-protection group, the aim of the HSUS is to go beyond our 10 million members and reach a wider audience with a project that has the potential impact of 'An Inconvenient Truth,' " Ross Hammer, director of the ACE program, said Friday.

Last year's grant went to "The Concrete Jungle," co-directed by Don Bernier and Rachel Buchanan, which looked at wildlife in urban settings.