ON-Lion Letter
Moving Picture Institute (MPI) fellow Landon Van Soest won an Emmy Award in September for his film Good Fortune.  The film won in the Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting category, which is slated for news and documentaries.

Good Fortune explores how massive, international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit.  Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development organizations, the film presents a unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the eyes of the people it is intended to benefit.

Interweaving meditative portraits of its characters, Good Fortune examines the real-world impact of international aid.  With a broad scope and intimate style, the film portrays gripping stories of human perseverance and suggests that the answers for Africa lie in the resilience of its people.

MPI's fellowship program supports the career development of rising freedom-oriented filmmakers that are involved in or attached to the production of marketable film projects.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports MPI.
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