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October 23, 2013 10:55 AM
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Tribeca Film Institute and A+E Launch Feature Documentary Workshop

The Tribeca Film Institute announced a new workshop for filmmakers in partnership with A+E Films. Called the TFI/A+E Films Feature Doc Storytelling Workshop, the three-day program will provide five filmmaking teams help with their theatrically-minded documentary projects in development. The inaugural event launches today at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. 

"It is an honor to partner with A+E Films on this new initiative supporting long-form content in a world increasingly focused on short-form,” said Ryan Harrington, Director of Documentary Programming, TFI. “We are always looking for documentaries with compelling characters and unique stories that have that 'lean forward' effect and our goal with this workshop is to instill similar skills in the filmmakers when they are developing their film projects." 

Activities as part of the workshop will include one-on-one mentorship, pitch training, case studies, screenings, and master class discussions that will be held by the likes of two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn and Academy Award-winner Ross Kauffman. Participants in the inaugural edition of the workshop are listed below. For more information, you can head over to the Tribeca Film Institute's official website.

Pride: MUSHARRAF IN EXILE, Directed and Produced by Mohammed Ali Naqvi (2012 TAA, GTDF grantee for Children of the Red Mosque); Produced by Jared Ian Goldman – Exiled former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, despite having a flawed legacy as dictator and being sought for arrest on murder charges, decides to return to Pakistan and run for President.'

Silenced, Directed by James Spione (2013 GTDF grantee); Produced by Daniel Chalfen (2013 GTDF grantee) – In a time of increasing secrecy, four national security whistleblowers fight to reveal the darkest corners of America's war on terror as the government steps up its campaign to punish them.

(T)error, Directed and Produced by Lyric R. Cabral (2013 TAA grantee) and David Felix Sutcliffe (2013 TAA grantee)—(T)ERROR is the first film to explore—in real time—an active FBI counter-terrorism sting operation, from both the perspective of a government informant and the suspect that he has been assigned to monitor.  

The Hand That Feeds, Directed and Produced by Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick – An undocumented immigrant deli worker sets out to end abuses at a Manhattan bagel shop and winds up making history.

Untitled Transgender Youth DocumentaryDirected and Produced by Eric Juhola (2011 TAA grantee for Broken Heartland), Produced by Jeremy Stulberg (2011 TAA grantee for Broken Heartland) and Randy Stulberg (2011 TAA grantee for Broken Heartland)—The film follows a landmark case in Colorado, where a 6-year-old male-to-female transgender girl is banned from using the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school. 

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  • Ivan | October 23, 2013 11:56 PMReply

    Woopie! The Tribeca Film Institute and all its affiliates are ridiculous at best and an insult to true indie film.