A film on the unravelling of a FBI counter-terrorism sting operation picked up the Tribeca All Access (TAA) Creative Promise documentary award, while docs on Al Sharpton, criminals and classroom teachers also won grants.
The Tribeca Film Institute handed out its Creative Promise award to T(ERROR), which receives US$10,000 in finishing funds. Directed and produced by Lyric R Cabral and David F Sutcliffe, the doc features the unravelling and aftermath of an incident where the target of an FBI investigation realizes that a government informant has set him up.
A special jury mention went to Time is Illmatic, a feature-length doc through the lens of rapper Nas and his bluesman father Olu Dara. Directed and produced by One9 and produced by Erik Parker, the film de-constructs Nas’s album Illmatic and the socio-economic and cultural conditions that inspired it.
The TAA was launched to help relationships between film industry execs and filmmakers from under-represented communities, and this year’s Creative Promise documentary jurors were director Shola Lynch, producer and presenter Sol Guy, and actor and comedian Rachel Dratch.
TAA Alumni Grants were also presented, and along with two narrative films, total over $90,000 in funds. The grants are awarded to alumni that “display a palpable creative vision in the execution of their story and undertake a riveting journalistic approach in their film’s subject matter.”
Picking up alumni grants were Turn it Around, from Dawn Valadez, on an experiment to become classroom teachers; and Eric Juhola’s Untitled Colorado Documentary, on the case of a six-year-old, male-to-female transgender girl who was banned from using the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school.
In addition, the TAA On-Track Grant went to Evolution of a Criminal, a doc from Darius Clark Monroe, produced by Jen Gatien and executive produced by Spike Lee, which looks at how the director’s robbing of a bank changed the lives of people around him, 10 years later. The TAA Packaging the Pitch Grant went to Yoruba Richen’s The Odyssey of Al Sharpton.
“The hundreds of filmmakers who have participated in our Tribeca All Access program over the past 10 years make up a very strong community of artists,” said Beth Janson, executive director of TFI. “We are grateful to all of our partners for helping us continue our support of these diverse voices and help bring stories of their communities to life.”