Charles Rodrigues’s Gay Chorus Deep South picked up the Audience Award for best documentary at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday (May 4).
The 100-minute film (pictured) follows the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on a tour of the American Deep South following a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the 2016 election.
Gay Chorus Deep South was developed and produced by online hospitality giant AirBnB, with producers Bud Johnston and Jesse Moss, and James Goode and Tony Högqvist as executive producers. Rachel Holbrook, Jenny Gadd and LeighAnna MacFadden serve as co-producers, with Freddie Whitman and Harrison Watkins as associate producers.
The feature-length film marked AirBnB’s first foray into film production.
“The entire reason we made this film was to bring this message of belonging of the LGBTQ community and all other communities that are considered ‘the other’ to as many people as possible in the world and the Audience Award at Tribeca is the ultimate celebration of exactly this,” said Rodrigues in a statement.
Meanwhile, director Prey walked away with the coveted Rogers Audience Award for best Canadian doc as Hot Docs wrapped its 2019 edition on Sunday (May 5).
Closing out the fest, the CA$50,000 cash prize celebrates the work of Canadian filmmakers, with filmgoers selecting the final winner through audience ballot. Past winners include director Michael Del Monte’s Transformer and Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana‘s Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World.
At the annual Hot Docs awards ceremony on Friday (May 3), Prey also received the DGC special jury prize for a Canadian feature doc. The feature-length doc made its world premiere in the festival’s Canadian Spectrum program and follows the story of a survivor of sexual abuse and his efforts to pursue justice in an Ontario court. Prey was produced by Gallagher’s Border City Pictures banner in association with TVO, Knowledge Network and with support from the Canada Media Fund, The Rogers Documentary Fund and federal and provincial tax credits.
Additional audience awards from the festival will be announced on May 7.
With files from Playback Daily