At the Tribeca Film Institute Awards Ceremony last night, the Tribeca Film Institute honored filmmakers of color with projects that were among the 24 in focus this week.
Winner are listed with descriptions provided by TFI:
Narrative section prize – Ghazi Albuliwi (Director, Screenwriter) and Bandar Albuliwi (Director, Producer) for “Peace After Marriage” in which a lonely, young Palestinian-American man, addicted to porn and desperate for companionship, agrees to marry an Israeli woman in need of a Green Card, forcing them to re-examine their respective cultural and familial traditions.
Emerging Narrative section prize – Lucy Mulloy (Director, Screenwriter) for “Una Noche” in which Raul from Havana, Cuba is up against heat, sweat, desperation and ninety miles of treacherous ocean before he reaches his dream – Miami.
Screenwriting section prize – T.J. Morehouse (Producer, Screenwriter), James Murray (Screenwriter) and Gro Engelstoft (Screenwriter) for “Plastic Indian” in which John Calf Roper drifts restlessly between dead end jobs, honky-tonks and hard drinking and Tom Badger lives suspended between Cherokee traditions and the modern world. Intertwined by fate, both men seek a meaningful existence.
Documentary section prize – Miguel Martinez (Director, Editor) and Jamie Sisley (Director, Co-Producer, Editor) for “Farewell, Ferris Wheel” which focuses on the small Mexican town of Tlapacoyan. Tlapacoyan is responsible for one third of America’s carnival labor, a fact may make this favorite past time extinct.
“Throughout the past seven years, we have been fortunate to have talented filmmakers with strong story ideas be a part of Tribeca All Access. This year is no exception,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Institute, in a statement. “We’re incredibly proud of this year’s winners and hope this recognition will help further their career and hope to one day screen their finished projects here at our Festival.”
The Tribeca FIlm Festival continues through next weekend.