EXCLUSIVE: Highlight producer Subject Studios is teaming with journalism outfit Area of Imaginative and prescient to supply $250,000 in emergency monetary assist for struggling documentary freelancers through the coronavirus lockdown.

The 2 firms are divisions of First Look Media, the org arrange by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar with doc heavyweights Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Laura Poitras.

Area of Imaginative and prescient / Subject Studios

Trade freelancers have been notably exhausting hit by the financial elements of the disaster, with movie and TV manufacturing halted around the globe. As such, the fund is aiming to assist essentially the most weak by offering life help grants, corresponding to for lease, healthcare, payments, groceries, for individuals who have skilled monetary hardship from lack of revenue or alternative. The cash comes from the working budgets of the 2 firms.

The fund will supply particular person grants of as much as $2,000 and can disperse them in two chunks, initially in April after which once more in Could, because the scenario evolves. It should open for functions between April Eight and April 10 (or till the businesses obtain 750 functions) after which once more between Could 6 and Could 8 (or till an extra 750 functions are obtained).

Co-Founder and Govt Producer of Area of Imaginative and prescient, Charlotte Cook dinner mentioned, “That is an extremely exhausting time for the documentary area and we’re hoping the fund is ready to supply some reduction. We began with our digital mentorship and session service to attempt to be as out there to filmmakers as attainable, however felt it was vitally essential to additionally present monetary help. We wish to assist the artists working within the documentary area on daily basis, however particularly now, and can proceed to construct and add extra sources as we will over the following few weeks and months.”

Govt Vice President of Subject Studios, Maria Zuckerman added, “We at Subject Studios are proud to launch this initiative in partnership with our shut colleagues at Area of Imaginative and prescient. We hope to answer the wants of our collaborators within the documentary group and look ahead to a time, hopefully quickly, when our foremost focus will once more be on making nice work collectively.”