The Derek Freese Film Foundation is pleased to support many outstanding projects. Since 1997, we have been providing funding to budding filmmakers who want to make movies and other talented filmmakers who need assistance to finish their films. Please check out our projects and support our filmmakers as they follow their passion and make their mark.

We are pleased to work with Temple University's Department of Film and Media Arts on a continuing basis. Each year, two $1,500 prizes are awarded to seniors for exceptional films, and their work is showcased at the Diamond Screen Film Festival.

Through Temple University's annual Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival, we support young filmmakers ages 12 to 18 in the Mid-Atlantic region. The festival is an opportunity for them to share their work on the big screen and to compete for awards in various categories.

The Human Trial, a documentary that follows three scientists in a race to cure Type 1 diabetes – one of the fastest growing diseases of our time – gives you a front-row seat to a potential history-making clinical trial. We feel such a strong connection to this project and hope the documentary and cause gets a lot of support and attention.

The Submarine Kid, is a feature-length narrative film about a United States Marine who returns home from war to a mundane reality that leads him to a mysterious woman on her own determined journey. Together, they enter into a magical but destructive relationship that ultimately exposes their essential truths.

Derek Freese Documentary Fund (DFDF) Recipients:

2013: Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

2015: Almost Sunrise a powerful documentary by Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco, is a story of veteran resilience and recovery. The film follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who struggle with depression upon returning home from service. Fearful of succumbing to the epidemic of veteran suicide, they seek a lifeline and embark on a 2,700-mile walk across America as a way to confront their inner pain. The film captures an intimate portrait of two friends suffering from the unseen wounds of war as they discover an unlikely treatment: the restorative power of silence and meditation.

2017: Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable, Sasha Waters Freyer's documentary on the life and work of acclaimed photographer Garry Winogrand. His artistry encompassed the heartbreak, violence, hope, and turmoil of postwar America. The film tells the story of an artist whose rise and fall was larger-than-life, full of contradictions, and totally unresolved.




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