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Tribeca Film Institute Awards $175,000 to 2014 TFI Documentary Fund Winners

  The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced the 2014 grantees of its TFI Documentary Fund. The fund aims to advance character-driven, non-fiction filmmaking featuring creative and unexplored perspectives from around the world. TFI also announced winners of the second annual TFI/ESPN Prize and of the inaugural Influence Award, part of TFI’s new multi-year partnership with the Europe-based Influence Film Foundation.   More than 500 submissions from 70 countries were con...

New York Tribeca 2013: Documentaries

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With an estimated 325,000 people participating in community based happenings such as the family street fair and the sports day and about 125,000  attending screenings, panels and related events the 2013 film festival had the largest audience since 2006.  89 features and 60 short films from 37 countries were shown. Altogether 6,121 feature and short films were submitted with 89 selected for the festival including 12 productions each for the world narrative and world documentary competit...

“Let the Fire Burn” WINNER Best Editing at the Tribeca Film Festival 2013

Different era, same problems. This doc and winner for Best Editing at Tribeca Film Festival 2013, sheds light on the African American liberation organization “MOVE” created by John Africa in the late 1970′s. The founder reminded all that “Move is not a cult. It is an organization.”  They preached peace, yet practiced the opposite. The followers were taught that “the system” was corrupt, and not to use technology, yet they had cars and telephone...

“Before Snowfall” WINNER Best Cinematography-Narrative Award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2013!

Director of “Before Snowfall”, Hisham Zaman, was born in Kirkuk, Ir-q  in 1975 and studied at the Norwegian Film School. His 2006 short “Bawke” won over 50 international awards and was named Norway’s best short film of the decade.  Zaman’s films “Winterland” and “Before Snowfall” opened Norway’s Tromso International Film Festival in 2007 and 2013. “Before Snowfall,” the Tribeca Film Festival 2013 ...

“Lil Bub and Friendz” CAT CRAZE!!! WINNER Best Feature Film at Online Tribeca Film Festival 2013!

  “Bart Simpson, Mickey Mouse, and Hello Kitty are OUT, and Internet Cats are IN.” If you are in the know about the internet cat craze cultural phenomena, then you are already aware of how popular “Grumpy Cat” was at SXSW. ‘Lil Bub and Friendz’ proved to be just as popular at this years Tribeca Film Festival 2013, winning the Best Feature Film Online. This short limbed, cat whose tongue sticks out all the time, who drools a lot, has extra toes on e...

“Bridegroom” WINNER Documentary Audience Award at Tribeca Film Festival 2013!

  This documentary by  Linda Bloodworth Thomason (creator of “Designing Women”) focuses on the legal rights of same-sex couples. “Shane and Tom faced  extreme challenges in their relationship from family and society. When a tragedy tears them apart, one fights to be recognized as his soulmate’s legitimate counterpart.” Practice tolerance. ...

“Whitewash” WINNER Best New Narrative Director at the Tribeca Film Festival 2013!

    Amazing performance by Thomas Hayden Church. The movie opens on a very dark and blizzardy night in Northern Quebec, when a drunk man driving a small snowplow hits and kills a man standing in the middle of the road.  The driver steals the man’s wallet and tries to dispose of the body by burying him under the snow. As his headlights begin to fade into the distance, you then see him go off-roading, recklessly driving until he finally crashes against a tree in...

“Oxy-ana” WINNER of Tribeca Best New Documentary Director Award

  Welcome to Oceana, a town in West Virginia, United States, where the population was 1,394 at the 2010 census, and where a large majority work in the coal mines or sell and abuse the prescription pain killer, Oxycontin. In this small, rural town surrounded by the Appalachian mountains, locals state that it is a 45 minute drive to anything like a movie theater, mall, or bowling alley, and there is nothing to do. The people are bored. Locals confes...

'Raze' (2013) at Tribeca. Interview with actress Zoe Bell

    Not many professional actresses in the film industry can boast that they are also an award-winning stuntwoman, and a film producer. The beautiful and charismatic Kiwi actress/stuntwoman/producer Zoe Bell started her career as a gymnast in New Zealand and later became a stuntwoman for TV’s ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ and 'Hercules' and for films including ‘Kill Bill’ Vol. 1&2, ‘Inglorious Bastards’ and ‘Django Unchained&rsqu...

“The Kill Team” WINNER of the Best Documentary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2013

    Wow!   All you can say is 'Wow!'  From 8,000 miles away, stationed in Afghanistan, US Army Private Adam Winfield, cried for help.  He conversed with his father via facebook and told him that a few of the soldiers were killing innocent Afghan’s just for sport, or just for the fun of it, and that he finds it very offensive and immoral.  His dad was trying to help from the US, leaving phone messages for “the right people”. His...

'THE PROJECT' (2013) by Shawn Efran & Adam Ciralsky at Tribeca

-OFFICIAL TRIBECA PRESS- THE PROJECT profiles the precarious, real-life story of the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF), a shadowy group of pirate hunters. Taking after the hijacking of the world’s waterways and the kidnapping of innocent citizens with its under-trained hands, the PMPF faces mutiny, murder, and diplomatic mischief in its dangerous quest to rid a country and its coastal waters of terror. The mercenaries’ epic battle makes for an intense, gripping, and groundbrea...

2013 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL announces first ever INE #6SECFILMS WINNERS

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by founding sponsor American Express, announced the winners of its first-ever #6SecFilms Vine competition today. Jurors Adam Goldberg, Penny Marshall and the team from 5-Second Films selected from a shortlist of nearly 40 Vines -- narrowed down from more than 400 entries on April 17 -- to name individual winners in the categories of Auteur, Series, Animate and Genre. Each winner...

“The Rocket” WINNER of the World Narrative Competition and Best Actor at the Tribeca Film Festival 2013!

  With over 10 years experience living and working in Far East Asia, Australian filmmaker Kim Mordaunt, demonstrates through the personal journey of a young, Laotian boy named “Ahlo” and Ahlo’s family and friends, (in the story of the underdog), how present day Laos is rich in superstition, a war-torn past, economic corruption and development, heart, and hope. When Mali, Ahlo’s beautiful mother, gives birth to Ahlo, she realizes she was carrying ...

"The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars" WINNER of the Best Short Narrative Category at the Tribeca Film Festival 2013!

  “Who covered the nightshift to prevent the heart of the world from falling?” Matteo, played by Enrico Lo Verso, walks out the front door of the hospital and is happy to be breathing fresh air. He glances over at a tall, middle -aged, beautiful blonde, who holds up a mountain climbing carabiner ring. Recently having undergone a heart transplant, receiving the heart from a young girl who was in a car accident, Matteo is thankful for his second chance on life, stati...

Alchemy in Invisible Worlds: Interview with “The Rocket” director Kim Mordaunt, winner of Tribeca for best film

Both “The Rocket” director Kim Mordaunt and his 10-year old protagonist – Ahlo – have a gift for turning the rarely-seen countryside of Laos into a playground for the imagination. The film is a visually engaging, triumph-of-the-underdog piece, where ingenuity can summon beauty and power from a land littered with military debris. As the film opens, we witness the birth of young Ahlo and his twin brother, who is stillborn. According to Laotian superstition, twins are sai...

Teenage conflicting identity: "Ali Blue Eyes" Fest21 talks with Italian director Claudio Giovannesi

Claudio Giovannesi’s first dramatic feature is an engrossing coming-of-age story following one week in the life of sixteen-year-old troublemaker Nader, an immigrant teenager who stops at nothing to fit in to Italian youth culture despite his family’s insistence that he respect his Egyptian and Muslim roots. He gets into fights, does drugs, steals and pursues an Italian girlfriend against his mother’s threats to disown him. It is a wonderfully non-judgmental study of a young m...

WINNER OF THE FIRST EVER HEINEKEN AFFINITY AWARD GOES TO: AVA DUVERNAY

 Ava DuVernay -OFFICIAL TRIBECA PRESS-   HEINEKEN AND THE TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCE WINNER OF THE FIRST EVER HEINEKEN AFFINITY AWARD One African-American Filmmaker Receives $20,000 Prize and Industry Support for Future Projects. [New York, NY – April 20, 2013] – Today, Heineken USA, the world’s leading international brewer, and the Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI) announced the winner of the inaugural Heineken Affinity Award. The award, given to an African...

“In God We Trust: The Bernie Madoff Story”

Listen as 59 year old Eleanor, Bernie Madoff’s secretary for 25 years, TELLS ALMOST ALL. Yes, the FBI let her off scott free because they saw that she earned a humble wage, but  DID she know what was going on all along and NOT say anything?  Did his children, Mark and Andy, who worked for the firm, know all along?  Did his wife, Ruth, who took out $10 million just after the news broke, know that her husband was up to no good for over 40 years?  Was Bernie pure evil, o...

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

  88 year old actress and vocalist, Elaine Stritch, calls a spade a spade, and has no time for b.s. in a business where “everybody is loving everybody a little too much for her money.”  This funny girl, whose legs go on for miles, demonstrates how she handles the trials and tribulations of being an older adult, trying to her remember her lines during rehearsals, perform in front of live audiences, and cater to the general public.  The documentary also reflects...

Documentary: ALIAS RUBY BLADE: A Story of Love and Revolution

April 19th, New York Tribeca Film Festival Premiere Must see documentary about the courageous journey of Australian Kirsty Sword Gusmão, aspired documentarian and turned-humanitarian advocate, for the small nation of East Timor. This remarkable story documents the struggle of the East Timorese through the moral conscious and love of Kirsty. She became a undercover agent for the Timorese clandestine resistance against Indonesia, with the code name: Ruby Blade. Serving as a spy for the...

THE RIDER AND THE STORM (2013) at 12th Tribeca Film Festival.

THE RIDER AND THE STORM (2013) at 12th Tribeca Film Festival.   The 15 minute documentary chronicles Timmy Brennan, a New York City iron worker who spends his days reconstructing Freedom Tower and escapes the grind of the city through his true passion— surfing. When Superstorm Sandy destroyed his home in Breezy Point, Queens, in a horrific fire following the initial hurricane damage, Timmy lost everything - including his board. As Timmy digs through the ruins of his home day after...

RUN & JUMP (2013). OFFICIAL SELECTION: 12th TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

  RUN & JUMP (2013) **OFFICIAL SELECTION: 12th TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL**   -OFFICIAL TRIBECA PRESS- The feature debut of Academy Award®-nominated director Steph Green. Starring Maxine Peake, Edward MacLiam and Will Forte. Tribeca Film Festival World Premiere on Saturday, April 20th.   Synopsis: An authentic, unconventional love story and an intimate family portrait, Run & Jump is the feature film debut of Academy Award®-nominated d...

GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA (2013)- World Premiere at Tribeca FF

GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA (2013)- Documentary. World Premiere at 12th Tribeca FF. Check out the Trailer: https://vimeo.com/62884479   -OFFICIAL TRIBECA PRESS- GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA: No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a...

'Taboor' (2013) at the 12th Tribeca Film Festival. Interview with Vahid Vakilifar.

  Persian filmmaker Vahid Vakilifar’s latest feature ‘Taboor’ (2012) is making its US premier at the 12th Tribeca Film Festival. This is his second feature; his first was ‘Gesher’ in 2010. Vahid produced, wrote and directed ‘Taboor’. I interviewed him at the Electra Palace in Thessaloniki, Greece during the 53rd Thessaloniki Film Festival. Here is what he had to say:   ME: What does ‘Taboor’ mean in Farsi? VAHID: &lsq...

'My Awkward Sexual Adventure' (2012): Interview with actor Jonas Chernick

'My Awkward Sexual Adventure' (2012) is one of my favorite Tribeca films. This is a romantic comedy sure to have you laughing and crying simultaneously; it uniquely explores the complications of intimacy and relationship, an innovative look at the ageless battle of the sexes. Just when I thought I’d seen it all when it comes to romantic (sex) comedies, this one sneaks out of the depths of freezing ‘Winter-peg’ (Winnipeg), Canada, and heats up the screen with love, sex...

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Online Dailies Coverage of the Tribeca Film Festival, April 17-28, 2013

 

The Tribeca Film Festival brings together local, national, and international talent to provide the New York City, downtown community with five days of screenings, educational workshops, and various special events.
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