Posted by: Cathy
We were thrilled and encouraged today to open the mail and find a grant from the Puffin Foundation for our documentary-in-progress “Threads.” Thank you! We know that Foundation grants are very competitive and we are grateful to the Puffin Foundation for keeping the momentum going for the production of this film about a Bangladeshi artist – Surayia Rahman – and how she brought art into the lives of ordinary people, despite many odds. The Puffin grant will go toward the making of our film trailer. It is great to know that, even in difficult economic times, there are organizations like the Puffin Foundation willing to support independent films made by new film makers.
Surayia started a new career — moving from painting to nakshi kantha tapestry — after age 50. A few years later she started her own organization, Arshi. She was able to become a social entrepreneur before the term was widely used because of her strong commitment to art and the support of family and friends. Len and I have been inspired by Surayia’s example to start film making after age 50.
We thank the Puffin Foundation for helping us to celebrate creativity – and we thank everyone who supports independent film making!