Seed Grantees Return for 2012 All Roads Film Festival

This year’s All Roads Film Festival kicks off today, sporting the theme “Vibrant Cultures From Around the World”. Washington D.C. audiences have the opportunity to attend the festival Thursday, September 27th through Sunday, September 30.

In addition to hosting the D.C. and world premieres of several films, All Roads Film will proudly present two, much anticipated films whose production was made possible through All Roads Seed Grants – “Mariachi High” and “The Tundra Book”. The Seed Grant Program provides funds to jump-start film projects from indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers year-round and from all reaches of the globe.

Mariachi High
Directors: Ilana Trachtman and Kim Connell
Screening: September 27, 3:30pm

Preparing for high-stakes mariachi competitions tests the mettle of a group of teenagers for whom music is more than an extracurricular activity, Becoming a top-notch performer takes talent and discipline, along with a heartfelt understanding of their culture.

As the opening film of this year’s PBS Summer Arts Festival and All Roads Seed Grant Recipient, Mariachi High livened up television screens and astonished viewers across America.


The Tundra Book
Director: Aleksei Vakhrushev
Screening: September 28, 12:00pm

A rare and stunning documentary about the lives of the Chukchi people, who very few outsiders have encountered. The Chukchi inhabit a remote Russian peninsula in the Arctic Circle, which has isolated the culture and allowed it to keep its traditions fairly intact.

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