Tribeca names seven 2016 doc fund grantees

This year's recipients include Carol Dysinger's One Bullet Afghanistan, Christy Garland's What Walaa Wants (pictured), Linda Goldstein Knowlton's Radical Brownies and David Bryers' Malheur.
July 28, 2016

Films about the Malheur Refuge standoff in Oregon and a woman fighting to be in the Palestinian Security Force are among the four projects selected for this year’s Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund.

The fund, which is in its ninth year, is administered by the Tribeca Film Institute and has awarded a total of US$150,000 to help grantees cover production and post-production costs. It also provides year-round support and guidance.

The fund focuses on feature docs that highlight domestic and international social issues. For the second year, the AOL Charitable Foundation has partnered with Tribeca to award grants to docs that spotlight the lives of women and youth.

The grantees are Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera for The Infiltrators, about a group of immigrants in the U.S. apprehended by Border Patrol to ‘infiltrate’ for-profit detention centers and help other detainees get free; David Bryars’ Morgan Spurlock-exec produced Malheur, about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year; Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling‘s My Country, No More, which examines the end of the North Dakota oil boom; and Carol Dysinger‘s One Bullet Afghanistan, about the accidental friendship between a filmmaker and the mother of a wounded Afghan youth.

The docs awarded funding through the AOL Charitable Foundation are Cheryl Hess and Shashwati Talukdar‘s Marriage Cops, about marriage interveners in a small city in Northern India; Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s Radical Brownies, which follows a group of girls of color participating in a social justice-oriented alternative to the Girl Scouts; and Christy Garland‘s What Walaa Wants (pictured), about a West Bank girl determined to join the Palestinian Security Forces.

This year the jurors unanimously decided to give greater support to fewer films than in years past. The jurors were Saving Face helmer Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, The Big Short producer Dede Gardner, International Documentary Association executive director Simon Kilmurry, actor Josh Lucas and McGee Media founder Dyllan McGee.

“At a time of extreme social divisiveness both domestically and abroad, we are proud to be able to grant these filmmakers the opportunity to tell such important [stories],” said Amy Hobby, TFI’s VP of artist programs, in a statement. “These films tackle issues from around the world, and the backgrounds of the directors and producers reflect a wide diversity of those with important stories to tell.”

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