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Good Gravy Films supports compelling stories that engage audiences with authentic, humanizing characters. Projects are funded through philanthropic grants and equity investments.

Launched in 2018 by Tegan Acton, Good Gravy Films is associated with the Wildcard Giving family of philanthropic entities. While the films we fund do not exclusively focus on the communities and causes that Wildcard supports, we often find ourselves drawn to stories that explore fights for justice, spark empathy, or remind us of our common humanity.

Films Supported

2021
Frybread Face and Me
Frybread Face and Me
When an 11-year-old city boy is sent to his grandmother’s ranch on the Navajo reservation against his will, he is introduced to a new way of life and an unexpected guest teaches him the importance of family, tradition, and what it means to be a Navajo man.

Director

Billy Luther

Genre

Fiction

Funding Type

$100,000 Grant
$250,000 Equity

GGF Role

In Association With
2020
Storm Lake
Storm Lake
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen and his family fight to be the journalistic voice of their rural Iowan farming community—even as their biweekly newspaper hangs on by a thread.

Director

Jerry Risius
Beth Levison

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$50,000 Grant

GGF Role

Co-Executive Producer
Commuted
Released after 23 years in prison for nonviolent drug offenses, a mother reconnects with her family and reflects on the legacy of the War on Drugs.

Director

Nailah Jefferson

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$25,000 Grant

GGF Role

Funder
2020
A Bunch of Amateurs
A Bunch of Amateurs
A bunch of British working class amateur filmmakers with nothing left to lose, tackle one of Hollywood’s greatest musicals in order to save their beloved filmmaking club.

Director

Kim Hopkins

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$25,000 Grant

GGF Role

Funder
2020
Aftershock
Aftershock
Through one family’s tragic loss and fight for justice, AFTERSHOCK examines one of the most pressing and shameful national crises in America today and the growing movement that surrounds it: The U.S. maternal-mortality crisis.

Director

Paula Eiselt
Tonya Lee Lewis

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$100,000 Grant

GGF Role

In Association With
2019
Time
Time
Fox Rich, indomitable matriarch and modern-day abolitionist, strives to keep her family together while fighting for the release of her incarcerated husband. An intimate, epic, and unconventional love story, filmed over two decades.

Director

Garrett Bradley

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$50,000 Grant

GGF Role

Funder
2019
Farewell Amor
Farewell Amor
After 17 years apart, Angolan immigrant Walter is joined in the U.S. by his wife and teen daughter. Sharing a cramped Brooklyn apartment, they quickly discover that the years of separation and struggle have turned them into strangers.

Director

Ekwa Msangi

Genre

Fiction

Funding Type

$35,000 Grant

GGF Role

Funder
2019
A Cops and Robbers Story
A Cops and Robbers Story
Corey Pegues, one of the highest ranking black executives in the NYPD, reveals soon after retirement that before joining the force he worked the streets dealing crack cocaine for one of the most notorious drug gangs in the US.

Director

Ilinca Calugareanu

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$106,500 Grant

GGF Role

Executive Producer
2019
Apart
Apart
The number of women in US prisons has increased 800% in the past 40 years. Caught between the opioid epidemic and surging incarceration rates, three mothers reinvent themselves and rebuild bonds with their kids after being incarcerated and separated from them for years.

Director

Jennifer Redfearn

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$25,000 Grant

GGF Role

Funder
Simple As Water

A meditation on parental love that is both urgent and timeless, the film unfolds as a sequence of cinematic short stories revolving around Syrian families fractured by the war and now across the world.

Director

Megan Mylan

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$100,000 Grant

GGF Role

Co-Executive Producer
2018
Crip Camp
Crip Camp

Just down the road from Woodstock in the late 60s, a parallel revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers. Steeped in humor and the music of the era, the film explores awakenings that transforms lives and shape the future of the disability rights movement. 

Director

James Lebrecht
Nicole Newnham

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$75,000 Grant
$75,000 Impact

GGF Role

Funder
2018
Always In Season
Always In Season

When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy is found hanging from a swingset in rural North Carolina in 2014, his mother’s search for justice and reconciliation begins as the trauma of more than a century of lynching African Americans bleeds into the present.

Director

Jacqueline Olive

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$100,000 Grant

GGF Role

In Association With
2018
And She Could Be Next
And She Could Be Next

In a polarized America, where the dual forces of white supremacy and patriarchy threaten to further erode our democracy, women of color are claiming power by running for political office an ask if democracy itself can be preserved and made stronger by those most marginalized.

Director

Grace Lee

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$25,000 Grant

GGF Role

Funder
2018
The Infiltraters
The Infiltraters

A rag-tag group of undocumented youth – Dreamers – get themselves detained in order to infiltrate a shadowy for-profit detention center and help free other immigrants.

Director

Cristina Ibarra
Alex Rivera

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$75,000 Grant

GGF Role

Funder
2018
The Fight
The Fight

Inside the ACLU, a team of scrappy lawyers battle Trump’s historic assault on civil liberties.

Director

Eli B. Despres
Josh Kriegman
Elyse Steinberg

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$100,000 Grant

GGF Role

Funder
2018
In the Bones
In the Bones

In the heart of the conservative South, women live poor, die young and have fewer rights or protections than in any other part of the country. This film illuminates the policies that disempower women through the lens of race, religion and the political establishment in deep red America.

Director

Kelly Duane

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$25,000 Grant

GGF Role

Funder
2018
Us Kids
Us Kids

In the wake of the 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida—the worst school shooting since Newtown—Parkland students ignite the largest youth movement since the ‘60s to address gun violence in America and demand change.

Director

Kim A. Snyder

Genre

Documentary

Funding Type

$25,000 Grant

GGF Role

Funder

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