The Tribeca Film Institute and Points North Institute’s fifth annual Camden/TFI Retreat, presented by CNN Films, has named the five U.S.-based doc filmmaking teams that will receive mentorships from industry veterans.
The mentors include director/producer Geeta Gandbhir, filmmaker Steve Maing, producer Andrea Meditch, editor Jean Tsien and producer Sue Turley.
The participating teams will work on projects around the theme of American stories, and will receive guidance by screening selections from their films, participate in master classes and attend intensive mentoring sessions.
This year’s projects include An Act of Worship from director Nausheen Dadabhoy, producer Sofian Khan and editor Sara Maamouri, on a new generation of female Muslim-American activists; and An American Prisoner (working title) from director Eugene Yi and Julie Ha, on the tensions between man and symbol, identity and idealism.
Also participating in the retreat are The In Between from Robie Flores and Alejandro Flores, described as “a lyrical coming-of-age story of the border kid on the U.S./Mexico frontier’; True Believer from Kristen Irving-Jordan and Monique Zavitovski, which follows an evangelical pastor facing a crisis of conscience after the 2016 U.S. election; and Walter from Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch and Alex Fumero, on Walter Mercado, a gender non-conforming, cape-wearing psychic and astrologer who mysteriously disappeared from public life.
“It is a privilege to work with such a talented, creative group of storytellers who are on the front lines of the social, cultural and political shifts happening in America,” said Ben Fowlie, executive and artistic director of the Points North Institute.
“We consider fostering emerging documentary talent a key focus of our mission at CNN Films,” added Courtney Sexton, vice president for CNN Films, in a statement.
Previous Retreat projects include A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem, Border South, The Reagan Show and The Family I Had.