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Tribeca ’15: “TransFatty Lives” takes audience award

TransFatty Lives (pictured), Patrick O'Brien's personal account of his experience with ALS, has picked up the documentary audience award at the Tribeca Film Festival.
April 27, 2015

TransFatty Lives (pictured), director Patrick O’Brien’s personal account of his experience with ALS, has picked up the documentary audience award at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The film follows O’Brien – the former New York-based DJ, Internet personality and filmmaker otherwise known as TransFatty – as he receives a diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and is given two to five years to live.

Ten years in the making, TransFatty Lives covers the progression of the disease as it diminishes the filmmaker’s physical abilities, while O’Brien falls in love and has a son.

The honor – which was presented at the New York festival’s wrap party on Saturday (April 25) – comes with a cash prize of US$25,000 as well as artwork through the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards program.

Elsewhere, the documentary audience award runner-up was Andy Schocken and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Song of Lahore, which follows a group of Pakistani musicians working against the tide of religious conflict within the country that threatens the expression of their craft.

 

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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