Beatles Secretary Project Among 20 Films Getting Funding Grants

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Freda Kelly, the Beatles' fan club secretary, the subject of one of the winning films in this year's Women In Film's Finishing Fund Grant

The recipients of the Women In Film Foundation’s 27th annual Film Finishing Fund grant program were announced on Wednesday by the foundation.

Supported by Netflix, the Film Finishing Fund provides annual cash grants and in-kind production services to winners and finalists. The Netflix grants range from $25,000 to $50,000.

The ten winning projects for the 2012 Film Finishing Fund include two narrative feature films, seven documentaries and one narrative short.

This includes Iram Parveen Bilal for her narrative feature film “Josh (Against The Grain),” which tells the story of a nanny who is killed by a feudal Pakistani landlord when she tries to start a self-sustaining food market in her village.

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The French producer Antonin Dedet also won in the narrative feature film section for the Islamist drama “Yema”;  Documentary feature winners include: Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater for “Badddd Sonia Sanchez”; Grace Lee Boggs for “American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs”; Blair Doroshwalther for “Out In The Night”; Kathy McCabe for “Good Ol’ Freda,” which tells the story of The Beatles’ trusted secretary, Freda Kelly; Roberta Grossman for “Hava Nagila” (pictured above); Gregory Peck’s daughter, Cecilia Peck (pictured) for “Miss World,”  Nancy Kates for “Regarding Susan Sontag,” which looks at the life of the late critic and activist. Katie May and Liz Anderson won for the narrative short feature, “The Etymology of Zero,” which is based on the “Rapunzel” fairytale.

“It’s truly an honor to celebrate a 27 year commitment to supporting such remarkable films,” said the foundation’s co-chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone.

“We would like to thank Netflix for their continuous support of this program, and we hope to continue this annual tradition for independent filmmakers around the globe.”