The Tribeca Film Institute gave out US$92,000 in funds as part of its Tribeca All Access (TAA) Creative Promise Awards and alumni grants, in a ceremony in Manhattan yesterday (April 26).
The TAA Creative Promise award for documentary went to Yoruba Richen’s The New Black, a film that uncovers the complicated and combative histories of the African-American and LGBT civil rights movements.
The award came with a $10,000 prize and a piece of art from a contemporary artist. The award’s documentary jurors were Claire Aguilar, Julie Goldman, Eugene Hernandez, Jean Tsien, and Debbie Zimmerman.
Alumni documentary grants were also given to past TAA projects in development, or new works by program alumni. The recipients were The Path, from Senain Kheshgi, about an 80-year-old barber who has rescued more than 8,000 kidnapped children; and Out Run, from S. Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons, which follows two pioneering LGBT activists in conservative parts of the world.
Another grant for TAA alumni is the TAA OnTrack Grants to help with the completion of a past TAA project or further the development of a new work-in-progress. The documentary recipient is God Loves Uganda, a journey into a place where religion and African culture intersect. The film is directed and produced by Roger Ross Williams, with Julie Goldman on board as producer.
The TAA Marketing and Web Fellowship went to An American Promise, from director/producers Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster, on the school experiences of two African-American boys and their families, shot over 12 years.
The Games for Change Fellowship for TAA Alumni was awarded to Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines from director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and producer Kelcey Edwards’ while the TAA Packaging the Pitch Grant was given to Dawn Porter’s Spies of Mississippi documentary, which looks at how a secret shadow state government spied on its own citizens in order to maintain segregation.
“Tribeca All Access represents a community of truly remarkable artists, and we are proud to support both the completion and effective dissemination of their work,” said Beth Janson, executive director of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI).
During this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, TFI filmmakers from TAA participated in one-on-one industry meetings on how to network with film industry executives, potential investors, development executives, producers and agents.