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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.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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