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The Arizona Project Receives a MacArthur Documentary Film Grant

The Arizona Project (working title), a searing new documentary about Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB1070, is one of only eight documentaries to receive a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Camino Bluff Productions announced today.

“We’re thrilled,” said Catherine Tambini who, in partnership with NALIP mentor Carlos Sandoval, is directing and producing the film. “The generous grant from the MacArthur Foundation recognizes the urgency of the immigration debate in America today,” noted Sandoval, founder of Camino Bluff Productions. He went on to note that the film is scheduled for completion in early 2012, in time to contribute to the immigration debate that is intensifying with the presidential election cycle.

The Arizona Project captures the explosive emotions and tragic toll behind Arizonas headline grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passes SB1070, its controversial papers please law, the unflinching film tells the personal stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values.

Noting the foundations commitment to independently produced films, MacArthur Vice President for Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives Elspeth Revere said, “Documentaries supported by MacArthur use compelling stories and characters to illuminate serious issues in approachable, creative and engaging ways.”

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