Tribeca ’14: Music doc takes audience award

Keep On Keepin' On from Australian director Alan Hicks has won the documentary audience award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, days after being picked up by RADiUS-TWC for worldwide distribution.
April 28, 2014

Director Alan Hicks’ Keep On Keepin’ On (pictured) has won the documentary audience award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF).

The film, which also nabbed the festival’s Best New Documentary Director prize, documents 89-year-old jazz trumpeter Clark Terry’s friendship with his mentee Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old blind piano player. It was produced by Quincy Jones and Paula DuPre’ Pesmen.

“I was just honored to get into the festival in the first place,” Hicks said in a statement. “Never would have imagined coming away with the audience award and the Best New Director award. I’m just stoked! I don’t have any other words in my vocab, I’m just stoked!”

The award comes with a $25,000 prize and artwork through the Tribeca Film Festival Artist Awards program.

Distributor RADiUS-TWC acquired worldwide rights and remake rights for the documentary during the festival.

Jon Favreau’s Chef won the audience award in the narrative category. Both winners were announced during the festival’s wrap party on Saturday (April 26) in New York City.

Films in the World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Viewpoints, Midnight, and Spotlight programs were eligible for the Heineken Audience Awards. Audience members voted by completing ballots upon exiting screenings.

Marshall Curry’s Point and Shoot, about a Baltimore man who went to Libya to join the rebel fight against Gaddafi, picked up the Best Documentary Feature prize at the festival’s award ceremony last week.

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