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It’s Time to Vote for Project of the Year!: Send One Film to the Tribeca Industry Meetings

It's Time to Vote for Project of the Year!: Send One Film to the Tribeca Industry Meetings

You’ve been voting all year — now help your favorite project get an opportunity at a spot in the Tribeca Film Institute’s Filmmaker and Industry Meetings at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Last year’s Project of the Year winner, “Dear White People,” premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival where writer-director Justin Simien won a Special Jury Prize.

The TFI Filmmaker and Industry Meetings, which will take place on April 22 and 23, during the festival, are a premier networking forum of one-on-one meetings with members from the industry. Until now, the only way for a filmmaker to attend was by being selected each year as a funded project of one of TFI’s artists programs or as an alum of TFI.

The Networking forum encourages the discovery of new projects by introducing industry participants to a carefully curated group of narrative and documentary filmmakers and content creators participating in TFI programs, including Tribeca All Access, the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, the TFI Documentary Fund, the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund and the TFI New Media fund.

In recent years, the Filmmaker and Industry Meetings made connections like putting Andrew Bujalski in touch with Jason Ishikawa of The Film Sales Company, who went on to sell Bujalski’s film “Computer Chess.” In 2012, “Elena” director Petra Costa met Orlando Bagwell from the Ford Foundation, who eventually came on for post-production and outreach support for the film. Doug Block and producer Lori Cheatle met Axel Arno from SVT in Sweden who became a co-producing partner of “112 Weddings” during a Tribeca meeting.

While we can’t guarantee results at these meetings, let’s make all of this a possibility for one of our Projects of the Month!  Help get one Project of the Month into the Filmmaker and Industry Meetings at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival… vote now! Voting ends March 23 at 5PM EST.  The ballot is at the bottom of this post.

Here are the nominees:

“Sleepwalkers”

Ben is a “Sleepwalker” — a secret alternate personality
that takes over every night when his “Awake” self goes to sleep. Whereas
“Awake Ben” is resigned to a life of monotony, “Asleep Ben” is
determined to make the most of every night with his other “Sleepwalker”
friends. But the lives of both Bens become complicated when Sleeping Ben
falls for Allison, an “Awake” waitress at an all night diner, and the
lines between their two worlds — previously so distinct — begin to blur.

“MAJOR!”

This is the story of one woman’s journey, a community’s history, and how caring for one another can be a revolutionary act. Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is a Black transgender woman, a formerly
incarcerated person, a former sex worker, an elder, a community leader and an internationally-recognized human rights activist. From the 1969
Stonewall Rebellion to her current work as Executive Director of the
Transgender GenderVariant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), she’s worked
tirelessly for transgender rights for over 40 years. “MAJOR!” explores
her story, and takes audiences on a journey through LGBT history.

“Hondros”

Chris Hondros, a two-time finalist for the
Pulitzer Prize, covered practically every major conflict since the late
1990s. Known as much for his compassion and humanity as for his
photography, Chris died covering the Arab Spring in Libya. What many
don’t know about Chris are the behind-the-scenes stories of some of his
most famous photographs in which he impacted the lives of his subjects
in ways that have nothing to do with a camera. This film retraces his
steps around the globe to tell those stories and offer a deeper insight
into one of the world’s greatest conflict photojournalists.

“Like Me”

“Like Me” is about Kiya, an attention-starved loner who wants nothing more
than to become famous. She travels throughout the country robbing
convenience stores for junk food while recording her crimes with her
cell phone. Kiya uses the internet as a platform to reinvent herself as a
modern day outlaw. She makes fools of store clerks with her fake guns, binges on copious
amounts of sugar, and searches for validation through social media while
exploiting the voyeur in all of us. How far will she go to become a celebrity?

“Off Track”

As the Mexican-American War rages, rumors of gold lead
cartographer Patrick O’Sullivan to desert the army in search of riches
in the unmapped regions of California. He and his companions find
themselves lost and near death when they stumble upon an unlikely guide — Pul, a Shaman of the Cahuilla tribe. As Patrick uses Pul to search for
gold he discovers that the shaman has his own motives assisting him map
the land. This discovery redirects Patrick’s egotistic journey into a
historical opportunity to focus his life on a mission greater than
himself.

“Nowhere Girl”

“Nowhere Girl” is a funny
and heartfelt film about how falling in love can be exhilarating but
also a bit crazy. After Tyler meets Katy he finally starts to shake off
the lingering effects of a bad break-up and she inspires him to do more
and be more in life.  At first his friends think this is a
wonderful change, but cracks in this new relationship start to show and
some of his friends begin thinking it’s unhealthy. But just what is
“unhealthy” when it comes to a relationship and just who gets to decide
these things?

“Know How”

“Know How” is not a documentary nor is it fiction. It’s a new hybrid
approach for using film to create social change. Instead of professional
screenwriters and actors, these stories are written and performed by a
cast of ordinary foster care youth, and their performances are powerful,
moving, and eye-opening. “Know How” is a musical that brings authentic
voices and unseen stories to the screen. It’s a bit of a cross between “The Wire” and “Glee,” but not really. And it really aims at driving social
change.

“Canary in a Coal Mine”

“Canary In A Coal Mine” is the story of one of the worlds most prevalent,
devastating, and misunderstood diseases. It follows Jennifer as she
documents her own story and the stories of several extraordinary
individuals struggling to find their way, fight, accept and sometimes
even thrive in spite of “an illness that has no end”. At its heart, the
film asks: what does this illness signify about the world we live in and
what do we all risk by ignoring the voices of the sick and the
profoundly invisible? What could we all learn by paying attention to
those voices?

“Come and Get Your Love”

With only a few dollars to their name, best friends
Stan and Beasley embark on a journey by foot across the length of
Manhattan on a night filled with the promise of personal liberation,
romance and enlightenment. Trekking through the city’s colorful maze of
people and buildings, they make their way downtown where they meet two
young women who will challenge their plans for the future, their notion
of love, and even their friendship, making this a trip they won’t soon
forget.

“An Honest Liar”

“An Honest Liar” tells the incredible story of famed
magician-turned-skeptic and enemy of deception, James “The Amazing”
Randi. The film brings to life his elaborate schemes and investigations
that famously exposed psychics, faith healers and con artists. Yet after
recently coming out of the closet as a gay man, Randi himself now faces
the price of a very personal deception that might result in the
deportation of his partner of 26 years.

“Chasing Robert Barker”

David is a photographer with a tormented past and a solitary lifestyle who now works as a paparazzi in London. His very limited social circle revolves around his work and a manipulative tabloid journalist, Olly. One night, David receives a tip off from a source, and manages to snap
famous film actor Robert Barker dining with a young brunette. Not
satisfied, Olly pushes David into pursuing Robert Barker to get more
compromising pictures of the couple. In this
chase, David’s past starts unravelling, and he’s forced to face the
damage that a tabloid fabrication caused to his own life.

“The Body”

In a country where even jaywalking is a crime, two crooks who hate each
other have one dead body to deal with and one long night ahead of them.

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