Green Planet Films received 2 recent grants from CT Humanities. We were called by a local reporter from The Day to be part of a story about the non-profits receiving the CT Cultural Fund for operating support. Read here.
Green Planet Films, a Stonington-based non-profit distributor of nature, environment, and human ecology films, received a $14,400 grant. Suzanne Harle, founder of Green Planet Films, says the money will go toward three different aspects. It will help bring back staff “because when the pandemic hit and there were no events, the revenue really went down. We’re just kind of recovering from that,” she says. And some of the funds will go toward increasing audiences for in-person screenings and toward launching a virtual cinema. “We were thrilled” to get the grant, Harle says. “It just felt like a relief that we could carry on with our plans and not be so financially strapped.” The organization has had to pivot since COVID-19 began. A planned ocean film festival had to be postponed, so there was no revenue from that. Schools and libraries were closed, so no one was buying DVDs or having screenings. “Everyone wanted online at that point, and we weren’t set up for online,” Harle says. In addition to the aforementioned grant, Green Planet Films got a $1,775 Connecticut Humanities SHARP Capacity Grant that will also go toward getting its virtual cinema going.