Last month, the Sprout Fund ran an online contest for local fillmmakers seeking grant month for their projects; online viewers were asked to check out 35 projects that needed money and vote for their favorites. Today, the grantmaking organization announced three winners for its full grants — of $10,000 — and six additional winners of $1,000 grants.
The fully funded films are: Aspie Seeks Love, Julie Sokolow's exploration of the life of local artist David Matthews, who has Asperger's syndrome; Fursonas, a look at the denizens of the annual furry convention in Pittsburgh, by Olivia Vaughn and Dominic Rodriguez; and Give Us a Chance: Pittsburgh Punk, a historical documentary on the local punk scene by Mind Cure Records owner Mike Seamans.
Honorable mentions, getting $1,000 apiece, include Kirsi Jansa's Gas Rush Stories and Darrell Kinsel and Alisha Wormsley's Kill the Artist. A full list of winners is available here.