Tribeca ’16: “Do Not Resist,” “Untouchable” take doc prizes

Craig Atkinson's Do Not Resist (pictured) and David Feige's Untouchable were among the top documentary winners at the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival.
April 22, 2016

Craig Atkinson’s Do Not Resist (pictured) and David Feige’s Untouchable are among the top documentary winners at the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival.

Atkinson’s Do Not Resist, which focuses on the rapid militarization of police forces in the U.S., took home top honors from the New York-set fest, claiming the Best Documentary Feature title in the World Documentary Competition, as well as a prize of US$20,000.

Elsewhere in the World Documentary Competition, Bill Ross and Turner Ross’ Contemporary Color, celebrating the art of color guard – synchronized dance involving rifles, flags and sabers – through music icon David Byrne, was honored with best cinematography (Jarred Alterman) and best editing (Bill Ross).

Feige’s Untouchable, meanwhile, picked up the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award, while also receiving $10,000. The film chronicles the crusade of a Florida lobbyist looking to pass some of America’s strictest sex offender laws after discovering his daughter had been sexually abused.

The Best Documentary Short award went to Dan Krauss‘ ob-doc Extremis, which documents end-of-life decision-making in public hospitals. The film is the first original doc short for SVOD giant Netflix, which will launch Extremis globally in September.

In addition, Tribeca announced the recipients of the Storyscapes Award, recognizing ground-breaking approaches in storytelling and technology, and the inaugural Tribeca X Award, a new juried award for branded storytelling.

Winners of the Storyscapes Award were Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton and James Spinney for their 3D virtual reality experience Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, which documents the deterioration of John Hull’s sight. Read realscreen’s feature on the documentary and VR experience here.

The Tribeca X award, selected from more than 100 submissions of scripted and documentary work, went to Greg Brunkalla’s Hearing Colors for Samsung. The doc short chronicles the life of Neil Harbisson, who, after being implanted with an antenna in the back of his head, now possesses the ability to hear colors.

The winners of the Audience Awards, which are determined by audience votes throughout the festival, will be announced on Saturday (April 23).

The 2016 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs until Sunday (April 24), included 102 features, 74 short films and 38 immersive storytelling projects from 42 countries.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.