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Gucci Tribeca Doc Fund reveals recipients for final funding round

The Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci have revealed the final round of grant recipients for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, including Sabaah Folayan’s Ain’t I A Woman and Rachel Lears’ To The ...
September 2, 2020

The Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci have revealed the final round of grant recipients for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, including Sabaah Folayan’s Ain’t I A Woman and Rachel Lears’ To The End.

The fund, established in 2008, provides production and finishing finances to feature-length documentary films that highlight and humanize critical domestic and international social issues, particularly via women-led stories.

Since its inception, the fund has supported 105 films and provided more than US$1.5 million in grants.

The 11 projects selected this final year will receive a total of $140,000 in funding support.

Grantees include Jon Sesrie-Goff’s After Sherman (U.S.; produced by Sesrie-Goff, blair dorosh-walter and Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich); Shaunak Sen’s Airborne (India; coproduced by Aman Mann); and Sabaah Folayan’s Ain’t I A Woman (pictured; U.S.; produced by Emily Best, Sabaah Folayan and Megan Goedewaagen).

Additional films awarded funds include Débora Souza Silva’s Black Mothers (U.S.; produced by Silva and David Felix Sutcliffe); Nesa Azimi’s Driver (U.S.; produced by Azimi, Elise McCave and Kellen Quinn); and Jasiri (U.S.; directed by Jasiri, Moyo and Duke; produced by Callie Barlow, Malla Grapengiesser and Laurence Thrush).

Other recipients of the fund are Elaine McMillion Sheldon’s King Coal (U.S.; produced by Molly Born); Zaynê Akyol’s Rojek One Day (Syria/Canada; produced by Akyol, Audrey-Ann Dupuis-Pierre and Sylvain Corbeil); and Rachel Lears’ To The End (U.S.; produced by Lears, Robin Blotnick and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon).

Finally, untitled projects from Sura Mallouh (U.S.; produced by Mallouh, Yoni Golijov and Laura Poitras) and Kate Stonehill (UK; produced by Steven Lake) were also selected.

The Tribeca Film Institute announced in May that it would be “pausing” operations and winding down programming and staffing as a result of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The final closure for the office was set for September 1.

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