Diane Fraher (Osage/Cherokee) is a 2019 recipient of a 'Made in NY' Women’s Film, TV and Theater Fund grant. The announcement was made Thursday, February 28 in New York City. One of four winners in the Fiction Feature category, Ms. Fraher was awarded $50,000 for her feature film, 'The Heart Stays.' Selected from a highly competitive pool of 544 total applications, with only 63 recipients in all categories. 'The Heart Stays' tells the story of two teenage sisters who leave the safety of the Osage Nation to follow their dreams in often dangerous territory.
Diane Fraher, the writer and director of the film, says she “tells stories about the struggle to identify with traditional Native values within the context of modern society.” She is one of the artists who migrated to New York City and formed the New York Movement in Contemporary Native Arts, the only such Native American arts movement in the United States, outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ms. Fraher has received numerous fellowships and individual artist grant awards for her filmmaking including a New York Foundation in the Arts 2013 Fellow in Screenwriting. American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA) is producing the film.
The 'Made in NY' Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund provides grants to encourage and support the creation of film, television, digital, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.
The Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to address the underrepresentation of those who identify as women in film, television, and theatre. The Fund will be administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).
The program will provide finishing grants for film, television, digital projects, and theatre productions.
In 2019, finishing funds in the combined amount of $1.5 million were awarded to projects made by creatives who identify as women. This is the first round of a $5 million, three-year program: the 'Made In NY' Women's Film, TV and Theatre Fund will be available for two additional award cycles opening in Summer/Fall 2019 and 2020.