upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

Frances McElroy

Frances McElroy Frances McElroy
(1) by Collin M Lenton (2) by James Wasserman

Frances is a documentary filmmaker who uses her art to give voice to those whose lives reflect social justice concerns. Her work consists of telling the personal stories of individuals and organizations that stimulate recognition of shared problems, increased understanding, and action. As a filmmaker with nearly 25 years experience, she is also a mentor, encouraging young filmmakers to create work with a social purpose. Her two most recent projects are Making Waves, a film exploring ways to increase racial diversity in the historically white sport of rowing, and Mirror Dance, a story of twin sisters whose art of ballet sustained them during a 40-year estrangement following the Cuban Revolution. Previous work includes An Angel In The Village, a documentary about Lily Yeh’s activist work with youth in North Philadelphia, and Our Food Our Future, which looks at community-based food programs working to solve hunger and food insecurity. Beyond the content of her films, Frances sees opportunity for social change in their exhibition and distribution. Her films are aimed at public, non-commercial, free television, creating the opportunity for those who may not otherwise be inspired or challenged by its subject matter to see her work. She also makes her films available to educational, cultural, community and advocacy groups to stimulate dialogue and motivate change. Frances is committed to representing subjects through personal, unfiltered representation and approaching their stories with conscience and compassion.


Leeway grant?

Art and Change Grant

The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers in Greater Philadelphia to fund art for social change projects. [read more]

deadline 08/01
Upcoming events
10/167:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Changemakers Cabaret

The Changemakers Cabaret returns after almost ten years to celebrate the artists, cultural producers and community partners who have been part of Leeway’s journey.

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11/01All Day

REEL Change: Leeway’s 25th Anniversary Film Festival

A moving collage of short films and feature-length work from Leeway community of artists over the years, featured during the month of November.

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