LeGuin documentary receives funding

A film exploring the life, inspiration of author Ursula K. Le Guin is one of 18 projects receiving California Documentary Project grant awards from the California Council for the Humanities.

The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin was awarded $20,000 to support the research and production of this documentary film about the grand dame of the science fiction and fantasy genres. Born in California’s Bay Area, Le Guin is also an established figure in mainstream literary circles as well as a pioneer in feminist thought and activism. Her most famous works are the Earthsea and Hainish series. Arwen Curry is the director of the Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin project. It is being sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society.

The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin was selected to receive grant funding along with 17 other projects from a pool of 167 applications. Awards totally $400, 000 will support work in the production or research and development of a variety of film, radio and new media documentary projects. Funding is provided by the California Council for the Humanities.

Since opening its doors in 1975, the California Council for the Humanities has developed and conducted numerous award-winning programs of its own and awarded nearly $22 million in grants. The council has supported dozens of Sundance, Emmy®, and Academy Award® winning and nominated documentaries through its California Documentary Project (CDP) Program.

“These documentaries are shedding light on important figures, institutions and communities that can help us better understand our share past, present and future,” said Ralph Lewin, President and CEO of the Council. “Each has the potential to spark meaningful discussions around California. We’re proud to be supporting work like this — especially at a time when funding for public humanities is being threatened.”