Magazine article Screen International

Bertha Britdoc Connect Fund Selects Eight

Magazine article Screen International

Bertha Britdoc Connect Fund Selects Eight

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Documentaries to benefit include The Possibilities Are Endless, about musician Edwyn Collins' battle to regain his memory.

The Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund grant, which help support the impact around documentary films, has selected its latest tranche of titles.

The eight films to benefit from grants ranging from £5,000 to £50,0000 were selected from more than 130 applications.

Titles include The Possibilities Are Endless, from directors Edward Lovelace and James Hall, about Edwyn Collins, a songwriter who suffered a stroke so severe that it effectively deleted the contents of his mind. The lyricist was only able to say two phrases: "The Possibilities are Endless" and "Grace Maxwell" (the name of his wife).

Ghosts in Our MachineDir. Liz MarshallThe film illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and lens of photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research.

The Homestretch Dirs. Kirsten Kelly & Anne de MareThree homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home. Can they recover from traumas of abandonment and homelessness and build the future they dream of?

The Yes Men Are RevoltingDirs. Andy Bichlbaum & Mike BonannoFor nearly two decades, Yes Men Mike and Andy have pulled off notorious media hoaxes that expose corporate crimes. Now middle-aged, they're taking on the biggest threat they've ever faced - climate change. Can they overcome insurmountable political forces before it's too late to save the planet?

The Chosen Ones Dir. Arman YeritsanA group of solitarily elderly individuals, neglected by society, find unity in an amateur dance troupe and prove to the world through their performances that they still have dreams of love, hopes for the future, and can amaze audience with their spirits.

The Possibilities Are Endless Dir. Edward Lovelace & James HallImagine your mind has been wiped: memories, knowledge, experiences, language - every word you ever spoke, has vanished. If eventually you found the words, what would you say? …

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