The Fledgling Fund is a private foundation driven by the passionate belief that film can inspire a better world. They aspire to move audiences from passive viewers to motivated citizens who are ready to act. They have just announced new grants including:
Directed by Cynthia Hill
Private Violence follows two women, Deanna Walters, as she seeks justice for the crimes committed against her after she left her husband, and Kit Gruelle, a domestic violence advocate through whom we meet other survivors. This film and campaign explains a simple, but deeply disturbing, fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. This reality flies in the face of a singularly common question posed to survivors: “Why don’t you just leave?”
This has been an amazing week for “Private Violence.” We were just announced as the recipient of a Fledgling Fund grant! That and Sundance grant in one week!!!!
I deeply admire the perseverance, determination, dedication, discipline, and resourcefulness of everyone involved in creating Private Violence. A paradigm-shifting project like it doesn’t just happen. It is a very long and arduous journey from idea to a film’s premiere. The process is a blend of victory and frustration which brings to mind Barbra Streisand’s Broadway Album and the lyrics of “Putting It Together:”
I’ve shared these lyrics because I know some of you are working on your own paradigm-shifting projects. I hope the lyrics will get you through the valleys and will remind you to celebrate the victories along the way.
Bravo to Kit and Cindy! Bravo!