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TFI Announces Grants to 15 Film & Interactive Projects


The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced fifteen promising new projects selected for the 12th annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) program. The TAA program supports filmmakers from statistically underrepresented communities and will grant support for each of the projects as well as offer year-round support, guidance, and resources to help filmmakers complete them. In 2015, TAA and TAA Alumni will award a total of $200.000 in grant money.

Scene from "Ask the Sexpert" (by Vaishali Sinha), one of
the supported Documentary Projects of the TAA Program

Fifteen exceptional scripted, documentary and interactive works-in-progress were selected from 710 submissions from across the country. The TAA grantees are overseen by Ryan Harrington, Vice President, Artist Programs at TFI and encompass a collection of emerging and established diverse filmmakers. "The TAA program is TFI’s cornerstone event for filmmakers and through it we are constantly reevaluating what 'diversity' means”, said Harrington. “This year, we are proud to extend our support to interactive and LGBT filmmakers, while maintaining the core mission of the program to amplify the voices of fearless, underrepresented artists.”

Since its founding in 2004, the diversity-focused TAA has served as TFI’s premiere scripted and documentary filmmaker program, specializing in providing a range of programming for storytellers who create groundbreaking media projects that bring unheard voices to the mainstream. TAA has since supported 252 films and more than 395 filmmakers who identify as members of a minority group. TAA alumni projects have gone on to receive worldwide exposure and acclaim, including: Nas - Time is Illmatic, Obvious Child, (T)ERROR, God Loves Uganda, Evolution Of A Criminal, Una Noche, and Gideon’s Army. 2015 will mark the first year that this program has expanded to include interactive storytellers through five additional grants. The following projects received TFI grants:

Documentary Projects:

Free From What | Director: Anonymous, Producer: T. Benski, J. Nottingham, L. Ochoa
Ask The Sexpert | Directed and produced by Vaishali Sinha
Last Call | Directed & produced by Lana Wilson
So Young So Pretty So White | Directors: Chanelle A. Pearson, Terence Nance
The Reagan Years | Director: Pacho Velez, Producer: Sierra Pettengill

Interactive Projects:

Declare Home | Producers: Judith Helfand, Daniel Latorre, Fenell Doremus
Roll Red Roll | Produced by Nancy Schwartzman; designed by Tin Geber
The Shiprock Experience | By Ramona Emerson, Kelly Byars, Patricia Antelles, Melinda Hess
South Meets North | Produced by Redelia Shaw, Dan Fallshaw, Violeta Ayala
Traveling While Black | Produced by Roger R. Williams, J. Lovett, B.N. Schwartz, Lina Srivastava

Scripted Projects:

Be Safe I Love You | Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour
Black Sunshine | Directed and produced by Akosua Adoma Owusu
Five Nights in Maine | Director: M. Curran, Producer: M. Curran, M. Parker, D. Oyelowo, C. Hugo
White Sun | Directed and produced by Deepak Rauniyar
You & Me Both | Director: Jennifer Cho Suhr, Producer: Carolyn M

Source: TFI Press Release | Supported Projects 2015