Good news was received today upon learning Stephanie Manesis has been the beneficiary of a $2,050 grant to further her film about compassion on the battlefield. The filmmaker has been working on the project for a few years, having raised over $6,000 for the effort.
Manesis was awarded the grant by The Arts Partnership in Fargo, North Dakota. With the work well underway she has now hired a scriptwriter from Fargo (who has won Emmys) and a story consultant from Los Angeles who will consult about the project.
There is a real delight in hearing this news as Manesis was featured on a Doty Land podcast.
She has culled through many hours of footage from interviews and reduced that amount down to 5 and a half hours from which a script and a 26-minute documentary will be produced.
The Arts Partnership was able to help fund 10 local artists who received funds to record music videos and podcasts, explore the fringes of photography, deck out home studios, and further their artistic careers. Totaling $20,500, the grants were made possible by privately raised dollars, as well as the Erin Coffer Memorial Fund and donations by the Moorhead PEO Chapters.