WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- The increasing commercial popularity of documentary films comes as the National endowment for the Humanities announces $7.6 million in grants for them.
The endowment said this weekit would be making 25 grants for documentary and other film projects in the areas of American history and culture, including films on the French and Indian War and Alexander Hamilton for television.
The announcement came as Michael Moore's documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11" broke movie box office records across the nation, marking a new level of acceptance of documentaries as profitable mass entertainment.
NEH grants of $1 million each have been made to Station WQED in Pittsburgh for a four-hour documentary on the 18th century French and Indian War in America and to Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., for a two-part documentary on Hamilton, one of the nation's founding fathers. Grants also will support biopics about sharpshooter Annie Oakley and novelist Ernest Hemingway.
The Greater Washington Television Association is receiving a grant to support production of the first two episodes of "The War," a documentary about the American experience in World War II by Ken Burns, and WGHB Educational Foundation in Boston will get a grant for a documentary on the California Gold Rush, the announcement said.