“Sexpert,” “Reagan Years” nab Tribeca All Access grants

Docs on a popular sex column in an Indian newspaper and the story of two Iranian émigrés in Brooklyn are among the five doc grantees of the Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca All Access Program. (Pictured, L-R: Vaishali Sinha, Pacho Velez)
March 20, 2015

Documentaries on a popular sex column in an Indian newspaper and the story of two Iranian émigrés in Brooklyn are among five doc projects that have received Tribeca All Access (TAA) grants from the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI).

Now in its 12th year, the TAA program – which serves as TFI’s main scripted and documentary filmmaker program – supports filmmakers from statistically underrepresented communities, granting chosen projects with financial support as well as guidance and resources to help filmmakers complete their work.

Since 2004, TAA has supported 252 films and more than 395 filmmakers who identify as members of a minority group. Projects that have received funding include Nas: Time is Illmatic, (T)ERROR and Evolution Of A Criminal.

Among the 2015 doc grantees are Vaishali Sinha’s (pictured, left) Ask the Sexpert, which centers on a sex column in a daily newspaper in India; Free from What, a project directed by an anonymous filmmaker on two Iranian émigrés living in Brooklyn; and After Tiller director Lana Wilson’s Last Call, on a Japanese Buddhist priest combating the country’s high rates of suicide and helping men and women rediscover the will to live.

Remaining grantees include Chanelle Aponte Pearson and Terence Nance’s So Young So Pretty So White, on the international practice of skin bleaching; and Manakamana filmmaker Pacho Velez’s (pictured, right) The Reagan Years, about the former U.S. president’s life as an actor.

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