Ivy Meeropol’s ‘Indian Point’ awarded $150,000
The MacArthur Foundation has announced 15 grants totaling more than $2 million for documentary film projects, one of which is directed by Cold Spring’s Ivy Meeropol.
Meeropol’s project, still in production, involves “questioning safety standards overseen by the U.S. Nuclear regulatory Commission in light of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi disaster while observing the daily operations at an aging New York nuclear power plant,” according to the MacArthur website.
Earlier this year Meeropol was awarded a Sundance Institute grant for work on the Indian Point film. Her previous work includes Heir to An Execution, an exploration of her family’s conflicted views of the Rosenbergs’ trial and execution, featured at Sundance Film Festival, and The Hill, a series for the Sundance Channel about four young staff members in the office of Congressman Robert Wexler (D-Florida) and their response to the crushing defeat in the 2004 presidential election.
A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Meeropol lives with her family in Cold Spring where she is, among other activities, a co-founder of the Sunset Reading Series.
In a released statement the MacArthur Foundation said their “documentaries address a range of important issues, including the public health perils of digital devices, the work of citizen journalists in Liberia, the safety of America’s nuclear weapons and nuclear power industry, and the ways in which the U.S. criminal justice system handles the shooting deaths of unarmed black youth.”
The foundation said it received nearly 400 proposals in response to its most recent open call for independent documentary film proposals.