Tribeca Film Institute Announces $150K in Grants to Underrepresented Filmmaking Communities

Ten promising new film projects have been selected for the 11th annual Tribeca All Access program. The TAA program supports filmmakers from statistically underrepresented communities and will grant each project $15,000, as well as offer year-round support, guidance, and resources to help filmmakers complete them. TAA filmmakers are also welcomed into the TAA Alumni program, which supports their present and future work.

Ten promising filmmakers with projects currently in development were selected out of 620 submissions from across the country to participate in the 2014 program.  Additionally, TAA’s seven-year partnership with the Canadian Film Centre will support the participation of one Canadian project this year.

Including the TAA grants, Tribeca Film Institute will distribute more than $2.2 million in grants this year to help champion storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world.  TAA alumni projects have gone on to receive worldwide exposure and acclaim, including: Through A Lens Darkly, God Loves Uganda, Evolution Of A Criminal, Obvious Child, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, and I Believe in Unicorns.

Documentary Selections
Clearwater_Still_1Clearwater
Directed and Produced by Tracy Rector and Lou Karsen. 
Over a 650 mile canoe journey, Clearwater will explore the Coast Salish people’s intimate relationship to the Salish Sea. Their unique story is one of survival, adaptation and continual acceptance of an outside world. Set in the ancient waters of the Puget Sound, Clearwater is a non-fiction film about a community’s ability to transcend environmental, cultural and social changes without sacrificing a sacred way of life.

In-the-Shadow-of-the-Hills-Production-Still-001In The Shadow of the Hills
Directed and Produced by Bao Nguyen; Written and Produced by Elizabeth Ai. 
Told through the perspective of two young Hmong women, In the Shadow of the Hills is a longitudinal observation of the rural agrarian communities of Sapa, Vietnam where the indigenous people have suddenly found themselves dealing with issues of rapid development, educational disparity, and human trafficking.

Moni_StillThe Moni Yakim Legacy Project
Written, Produced and Directed by Rauzar Alexander; Produced Kari Wilder and Alma Har’el.
A rare look into a master and pioneer of theatrical movement who recounts his own evolution and the inception of the Juilliard Acting School. Revered Juilliard alumni and present students attest to his groundbreaking methods that push actors to their utmost physical and emotional potential.

Out_of_State_StillOut of State
Directed and Produced by Ciara L. Lacy; Produced by Beau J.K. Bassett.
Out of State follows a group of roughly 100 native Hawaiian inmates practicing hula, a native Hawaiian dance form, as a means of maintaining their cultural heritage and working to rehabilitate themselves and their relationships with their families.

Unafraid_Still_1The Unafraid (working title)
Directed and Produced by Heather Courtney and Anayansi Prado. 
In a conference room in an Atlanta office building, a quiet revolution takes place every Sunday when a group of teenagers and 20-somethings gather to do something Georgia has banned them from doing – attend a college class. The Unafraid, a vérité, multi-year documentary, will follow the story of this new underground movement, as well as the daily lives of several of these undocumented youth, now faced with the post-high school reality of being banned immigrants in a state they have called home for most of their childhood.

Narrative Selections
Destined
Written and Directed by Qasim “Q” Basir; produced by Tommy Oliver.
Destined tells the parallel stories of Sheed and Rasheed (played by the same actor) as they explore the idea of destiny as well as how  the smallest incident  can manifest itself into a life changing event.

Falcon_LakeFalcon Lake
Written by Sara Seligman and Thomas Bond; Directed by Sara Seligman; Produced by Christopher Mack and Van Johnson.
Ester runs a bed-and-breakfast near the USA/Mexico border with her overbearing mother, Teresa.  They save the money they earn, hoping to leave this town that is filled with memories of violence and fallen family members.  One day, two drug runners invade their home.  The women are faced with a choice, one that is further complicated by a terrifying secret the women share – one that will ultimately reveal who really is in charge of the house…

PermanentPermanent
Written and Directed by Colette Burson; Produced by Haroula Rose.
Permanent is a comedy about bad hair, adolescence, and socially awkward family members. It involves life-altering permanents and poorly-made toupees. Obstacles to daily survival ensue.

Strange_Things_Started_HappeningStrange Things Are Happening
Written and Directed by Stacie Passon; Produced by Rose Troche.
A woman who has agreed to take in her grandson in his last year of high school becomes increasingly worried that the boy poses a threat to her and her elderly husband.

Baby_StepsBaby Steps
Written and Directed by Barney Cheng; Executive Produced by Li-Kong Hsu, Nancy Cheng, Alan Hibdon, Han-Yeu Huang
Produced by Li-Kong Hsu, Stephen Israel. Danny, a Taiwanese-American man, and his boyfriend Tate must travel thousands of miles across the globe in order to have a baby and start a family. Their journey is further complicated by a well-meaning but extremely meddlesome Taiwanese mother who wants to control every aspect of the process all the way from Taipei.

Additional mentorship and marketplace support will be provided to one Narrative project through a partnership with CFC:

Jean of the Joneses
Written and Directed by Stella Meghie; Produced by Amos Adetuyi
Jean is a girl from a dysfunctional family of Jamaican women who have happily sent all the men in their lives running for the past 30 years. She’s on the brink of following in the family tradition until the day her estranged grandfather dies on her doorstep.

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