The Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci have announced the recipients selected for the 2009 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. The fund provides finishing finances to documentary filmmakers whose projects "promote social change and illuminate issues in need of deeper coverage currently missing from mainstream media." In this second year of the fund, seven projects have been selected by a committee consisting of Dan Cogan, Abigail Disney, Philip Gourevitch, Julia Ormond and Sam Pollard. They came from 350 submissions from 41 countries, and each receive a total of $100,000, to be administered by the Tribeca Film Institute.
The projects that will receive funding are: "Anatomy of Poverty," by Elinyisia Mosha, "Born Under Fire," by Jairo Eduardo Carrill," "Enemies of the People," by Rob Lemkin & S. Thet, "Growing Small," by Jyllian Gunther, "Made In India," by Rebecca Haimowitz & Vaishali Sinha, "Marathon Boy," by Gemma Atwal, and "The Promise of Freedom," by Beth Murphy."
"It is very evident that these filmmakers are passionate about the topics they explore," said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Chairman of the Board, Tribeca Film Institute, in a statement. "Their films show a high level of artistry and sensitivity in humanizing larger social and geo-political conflicts. The generous commitment from Gucci recognizes the importance of documentary filmmaking and together we are proud to support these filmmakers and are confident these films will contribute significantly to the conversations around the issues they address."
The topics of the films selected include the phenomenon of outsourcing surrogate mothers to India, a Cambodian journalist's time spent with Khmer Rouge killers, one high school's unique approach to education, the controversial rise to fame of the world's youngest marathon runner, the combined impact of privatization and foreign investment in Tanzania, chaotic childhood experiences in Colombia, and one American's attempts to save thousands of Iraqis.
"In the current environment it is even more important that we continue our support of the film community and our relationship with the Tribeca Film Institute keeps us engaged in these increasingly important issues," said Daniella Vitale, President of Gucci America, in a statement. "The films and filmmakers are a continuous source of inspiration and it is this that will fuel and strengthen our support of documentaries. We look forward to our continued partnership."