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.