National Endowment for the Arts

The Headhunt Revisited documentary film team is honored to share the news that we have been chosen for an award from the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS!!! One of just nine grants given to support production of an individual documentary film in this funding round, our period of support starts on June 1st. We will be working in earnest to begin our campaign to fulfill the requirements of the matching funds. With this effort and your support, our goal is to have a completed film by end of 2016.


Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.


Headhunt Revisited presentations recently given in Papua New Guinea’s capital city of Port Moresby and hosted by the U.S. Embassy were enthusiastically received, providing proof – and continuing inspiration – that the enormous power of Caroline Mytinger and her paintings continue to communicate the history and cultural diversity of Melanesia through art.

Endorsement excerpt from the U.S. Embassy and
Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray:

The Headhunt Revisited Project reaches across two countries that are key partners for the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby – Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. The documentary film not only helps to bring about a stronger, current sense of community and civil society, but it also ties to the past for some of the Melanesia’s most marginalized people – especially its women and youth. As the film highlights the continuance of cultural traditions and the island heritage of the Melanesian people, the Headhunt Revisited Project shines a spotlight on the contributions the United States and its citizens have made to help improve the lives of so many people in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, be it through providing foreign assistance, aid, funding opportunities or education benefits. The film also instills and encourages a deeper, more profound sense of pride for Melanesians to hold fast to their cultural heritage that has been slowly slipping away from these island nations.


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