2018 Grantees

Arabica by Sohib Boundaoui
Arabica is a comedy-drama web series that explores the lives of five Arab-American millennials from a predominantly Arab suburb of Chicago as they navigate their tight-knit immigrant community. Ditching a typical arc, Arabica focuses on its characters as first generation children of a diaspora.

Bottle Girls by Olivia Curry
Bottle Girls is a short documentary following three diverse women who work delivering bottle service in Chicago's nightlife scene. The piece will explore how they feel about the intersection of labor, capitalism, and empowerment feminism in the age of #MeToo.


Dampen by Daniel Valdez
Dampen explores a young man's troubles communicating his emotional turmoil to his female counterpart – serving as an interpretative meditation on toxic masculinity, emotional expression, and mental illness.


Hive by Stephanie Jeter
Hive is a sci-fi anthology series that ponders the ways in which complex social issues evolve through time and space. 

Last Resort: Abortion Access in the Midwest by Andrea Raby
Last Resort follows Chicago's role in abortion access from the Jane Collective providing abortions pre-Roe v. Wade to present day, showcasing the women who are mobilizing to help other women where the laws fail to. 

The Park ​by Adam Hinkle + Travis Williams
The Park details the trials and tribulations of Juvenile and Adult Coordinated Engagement (JACE), an anti-violence program in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. The story focuses on outreach specialists of JACE as they deal with internal and external forces that accompany violence prevention.

Pulling The Thread by Kindling Group
Pulling the Thread is a digital documentary series and engagement campaign that unravels some of America’s most popular conspiracy theories and reveals the emotional, cognitive and social forces that lead rational people to believe irrational things. 

The Right Swipe by Kyra Jones + Juli Del Prete
The Right Swipe is a web series about two friends who start a business to fix inept men's dating app profiles, entangling their own love lives in the process. A romantic comedy told through the female gaze, The Right Swipe explores the challenges of modern dating at various intersections of marginalized identity.