The Tribeca Film Institute, Gucci and the Oath Foundation have unveiled the 2018 grant recipients for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, feting films that tackle social issues and stories of women from around the globe.
The program, now in its 11th year, provides production and finishing finances as well as year-round support and guidance from the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) to feature-length doc projects covering major international social issues, particularly among women and girls.
Oath Foundation will also support the impact distribution and strategy campaign work for two projects, with the objective of having those films attain maximum reach and achieve social change. Leading industry marketing and advocacy firm Picture Motion will implement the impact work for these selected projects.
Six projects have been selected and will receive a total of US$150,000 split between them.
The projects were selected by a jury comprised of filmmaker Dawn Porter, Array Releasing VP Tilane Jones, producer Sue Kroll, Vice impact publisher Katherine Keating, filmmaker and RYOT co-founder Bryn Mooser, and actress Yara Shahidi.
The recipients of the fund are Knock Down the House (pictured), directed by Rachel Lears, about the women who challenged powerful congressional incumbents in 2018; Midwives, directed by Hnin Hlaing (Snow), about two midwives in the minority Muslim community in Western Myanmar; and A Place of Absence, directed by Marialuisa Ernst, about Central American women who go on an annual bus trip looking for their children, who have mysteriously disappeared attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
Also selected were Reentry, directed by Jennifer Redfearn, about midwestern women returning to their families after incarceration related to opioids; Untitled Puerto Rico Documentary, directed by Cecilia Aldarondo, about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria; and Women in Blue, directed by Deirdre Fishel, about the women fighting for gender equality in the Minneapolis Police Department.
“At a time of extreme social divisiveness both nationally and abroad, we are proud to be able to grant these filmmakers the opportunity to tell such important stories through the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund,” said Amy Hobby, executive director of TFI, 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. Thank you to our partners on this project – without Gucci and additional support from Oath Foundation, the backing of these films would not be possible.”
“As the 24-hour news cycle inundates us with constant, fast-paced information, we believe it is critically important to continue our support of thoughtful, in-depth coverage of global and domestic social issues through the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund,” added Susan Chokachi, president and CEO of Gucci America. “We are proud that over its 11 years, 64% of the films supported through the fund have been made by female filmmakers, and that the fund focuses on films that bring attention to the lives of women and girls around the world, highlighting their many acts of courage and determination that are driving change. We need to continue to help tell these stories, to open the dialogue and to ask important questions.”
“Oath Foundation is focused on creating access and opportunity for women and girls around the world to help positively change the trajectory of their futures and their communities. These filmmakers are creating change by telling important stories, introducing new points of view and narratives that are all too often over-looked in the mainstream media. We’re incredibly proud to support the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund and the 2018 recipients,” said Sara Link, president of Oath Foundation.