2020 Garrett Scott Grant

Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

The 2020 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant has been awarded to Isabel Bethencourt and Parker Hill for Cusp and Anne Alvergue and Debra McClutchy for martha.

Isabel Bethencourt, Parker Hill
Rife with drugs, boys, and snapchat, Cusp chronicles one year in the life of four teenage girls, and the seemingly harmless, daily influences that lead to the normalization of sexual assault. Set in a Central Texas military town, personal narratives interweave as Brittney, Brooke, Autumn, and Aaloni tackle nightly bonfires, while laughing off sexist jokes and pressure from older guys. As they each navigate their first romantic relationships, the girls confront their past, and buried trauma resurfaces in public and private ways. Culminating in the end of a defining summer, newfound freedom is at stake as the girls plan for their future.


Anne Alvergue, Debra McClutchy

She was once as famous as Jackie O. And then she tried to take down a President. martha is an archival documentary portrait of the unlikeliest of whistleblowers: Martha Mitchell, a Republican cabinet wife who was gaslighted by the Nixon Administration to keep her quiet. It offers a female gaze on Watergate through the voice of the woman herself.

martha will blur the lines between traditional documentary and thriller, leaning more experiential than expository. It will envelop the viewer within the time and place of Watergate, and expose gaslighting at the highest levels of power. 


Isabel Bethencourt, Parker Hill, Anne Alvergue, Debra McClutchy

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