“It is a great honor for me to receive this fellowship. I’m so excited that the Giard Foundation has given me funding enabling me to work on this film which deals with civil rights issues that are being so hotly debated right now. And it is gratifying to know that the Foundation recognizes the importance of cultivating greater diversity in the voices on LGBT issues, particularly in this time of cutting public funding for the arts.”
- Yoruba Richen
The New Black, a documentary about how the African American Christian church is grappling with gay rights issues in light of the gay rights movement and the fight over marriage equality. It aired on PBS in June 2014. After receiving the Robert Giard Fellowship, Yoruba Richen was awarded support from the Ford Foundation, Jerome Foundation, the Sundance Documentary Fund, the 2012 Creative Promise Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.