Gucci and the Tribeca Film Institute partnered up to create the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, a grant given to filmmakers on a social mission — both domestically and internationally. The grant winners, which were announced earlier today, will receive financial backing and year-round guidance on how to get their films out to the public.
Nine films were chosen from over 560 submissions from over 50 countries to receive a total of $150,000 in grant money. This is the seventh year for the Fund, which has supported 54 films and provided more than $910,000 in grants.
In addition to this fund, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund has also revealed its three winners for the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award. The prize is given to filmmakers who highlight the bravery, strength of character and passion exhibited by women around the world.
The grant-winning films were selected by Alec Baldwin, Claire Aguilar (Executive Content Advisor for Independent Television Service – ITVS). producer and director Ross Kauffman (“E-Team,” “Born Into Brothels”), Grammy-award winner John Legend and Alyse Nelson (President and CEO of Vital Voices).
The following films received grants from the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund (Descriptions courtesy of the Tribeca Film Institute):
2014 Recipients of the Gucci Tribeca Film Fund
“3 1/2 Minutes,” Directed and Produced by Marc Silver (2013 TFI New Media Fund Grantee for Who Is Dayani Cristal. 3 ½ Minutes dissects the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, the aftermath of this systemic tragedy and contradictions within the American criminal justice system.
“A Flickering Truth,” Written, Produced and Directed by Pietra Brettkelly. A Flickering Truth unwraps the world of three dreamers living amongst the dust of Afghanistan’s 100 years of war as they struggle to protect and restore 8,000 hours of fragile film. What truths will emerge from the cloak of time?
“Afghan Justice,” Directed by Nicole N. Horanyi; Produced by Helle Faber. 38-year-old Kimberley Motley left her husband and three kids in the US in order to work as a defense lawyer in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is the only foreign lawyer, not to mention the only woman, who has a license to work in Afghan courts. Together with her Afghan assistant, Kimberley defends Western and Afghan clients accused of criminal actions.
“Cold Rush,” Directed by May Abdalla; Produced by Elhum Shakerifar. Cold Rush is set at the front line of the fast changing Arctic. As the UN decides how to divide up state sovereignty into the High North we travel into the lives of American entrepreneurs, Danish scientists and Russian priests who are investing in the thawing ice and the young island man who is trying to stop them. A timely documentary about the race for the last frontier.
“Freedom Fighters,” Directed by Jamie Meltzer; Produced by Kate McLean (2012 TFI New Media Fund Grantee for Immigrant Nation). There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by a group of exonerated men, with decades in prison served between them. They call themselves the Freedom Fighters, and they are looking to free innocent people still behind bars. Freedom Fighters explores their stories of wrongful imprisonment, their struggles to start their lives over again as free men, and their quest to help others who may be innocent.
“Out of Mind,” Produced and Directed by Kristi Jacobson; Out of Mind investigates an invisible part of the American justice system: the use of isolation and segregation in US prisons, commonly known as solitary confinement. With unprecedented access inside a prison tackling the issue head on, the film explores this divisive issue through the experiences of those on both sides of the bars.
2014 Recipients of the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award
“Awakening,” Directed by Gini Reticker; Produced by Beth Levison. Against the backdrop of the Arab uprisings, Awakening – a multimedia initiative anchored by a documentary film – tells the stories of five fearless women from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region who risk everything in their fight for human rights for all, despite flagrant efforts to silence them.
“India’s Daughter,” Directed and Produced by Leslee Udwin. This documentary pays tribute to the remarkable and inspiring short life of Jyoti Singh and documents the brutality of her gang-rape and murder in Delhi in 2012. It also examines the mindset of the perpetrators, and it sets these specifics against a wider in-depth exploration of why rape happens.
“The Storm Makers,” Written and Directed by Guillaume Suon; Produced by Rithy Panh and Julien Roumy. Filmmaker Guillaume Suon turns his cinematic lens on globalization and contemporary Cambodia.