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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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