The Derek Freese Film Foundation is pleased to support some outstanding projects. Since 1997, we have been providing funding to budding filmmakers like Derek who want to work in the film industry. Please check out our projects and support our filmmakers as they follow their passion and make their mark.
In addition to the biennial grant awarded through Derek Freese Documentary Fund (DFDF), given in 2013 to Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, the foundation was inspired to support a couple other important projects in 2014:
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.
Stay tuned to find out release dates and other ways to help support these worthy projects!
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. A work in progress grant of $500 is also awarded earlier in the year.
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.