Sundance: Candescent Films Announces 2014 Documentary Awards

MARMATO Sundance Film Still - H 2014

MARMATO Sundance Film Still - H 2014

Lilly Hartley's company is providing grant money in partnership with the Sundance Institute to three documentaries premiering at this year's festival, including Cynthia Hill's "Private Violence."

Candescent Films has announced the three winners of its 2014 Candescent Award, designed to support socially conscious documentaries.

The trio of films -- Marmato, Private Violence and E-Team -- are all making their world premieres in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Candescent Award is grant money provided in partnership with the Sundance Institute. It is given to films that have been previously supported during production by the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

Candescent, launched in 2011 by producer and actress Lilly Hartley, previously gave the award to Gideon's Army and After Tiller, both of which are up for Independent Spirit Awards.

Debuting Saturday at Sundance, Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman's E-Team follows an elite Human Rights Watch team as they report on human rights abuses in dangerous regions, including Syria and Libya.

Private Violence, directed by Cynthia Hill and challenging society's perception of domestic violence, makes its premiere Sunday.

Directed by Marc Greico, Marmato chronicles what happens to a mining company that seeks to excavate $20 billion in gold hidden beneath houses, setting off a modern-day gold rush. The doc premiered Friday.

"Private Violence, Marmato and E-Team each had a tremendous impact on me. I am excited to be involved as these fearless directors share their films with audiences," said Hartley, founder of Candescent Films.

Hartley's own recent projects include The Queen of Versailles, which she executive produced, and documentary Son of the Clouds, for which she and Javier Bardem won a Goya award. She also executive produced the upcoming Who Is Dayani Cristal?, starring Gael Garcia Bernal.