The Tribeca Film Institute announced the 12 projects receiving $10,000 grants and tailored mentorships courtesy of its Tribeca All Access program. This marks the eighth year of the TAA and its mission to develop beneficial relationships between underrepresented filmmakers, in particular female and minority groups, and film industry executives.
Ten of the projects were chosen from over 376 submissions across the country and the remaining two projects were selected internationally. Two out of the 12 projects will also receive an additional $10,000, as determined by the 2011 Narrative and Documentary jury comprised of Hiam Abbass, Ajay Naidu, F. Gary Gray, Elvis Mitchell, Suroosh Alvi and John Quinones. TAA will also award $25,000 in grants and fellowships to program alumni and TFI will present Quincy Jones with a Legacy Celebration on April 28th in honor of his contributions to music, cinema and philanthropy.
TAA will introduce the projects over a five-day program during the Tribeca Film Festival, which occurs from April 20-May 1 in New York.
Below are synopses of the 12 Documentary, Narrative and International selections, provided by TAA.
“Boarders Without Borders,” Directors: Marjan Tehrani & Brian Sachson
“Boarders Without Borders” follows three American snowboarders on a journey to the world-class mountains of Iran, where they meet and ride with Iranian youth snowboarders. A shared passion creates an understanding between two seemingly disparate nations.
“Broken Heart Land,” Directors: Randy & Jeremy Stulberg
After the tragic suicide of a gay teen, the surrounding community of gay youth and their families in the Bible Belt are left to deal with the aftermath as they struggle to prevent further deaths.
“Gideon’s Army,” Director: Dawn Porter
Every day, more and more people are arrested, handcuffed, shoved into a squad car, and booked. Weeks turn into months and their only line of defense is in the hands of a
public defender. “Gideon’s Army” asks, are public defenders up to the fight?
“God Loves Uganda,” Director: Roger Ross Williams
Evangelical missionaries from the U.S.A. export their war against immorality to Uganda, where the battle for human souls clashes with the fight for human rights.
Montana Medical Marijuana Film, (title TBD), Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen
Set against the sweeping vistas of the Rockies, the steamy lamplight of marijuana grow-houses, and the cold sterility of the hospice ward, “Montana Medical Marijuana Film” examines the process of turning an underground.
“County Line,” Director: Tina Mabry, Screenwriters: Tina Mabry & Morgan Stiff
A Southern town’s underbelly exposed when its sheriff tries to rid himself of a drug alliance with a family friend and investigate the deaths of his female informants. In the process, he must confront his son’s addiction to the drugs he’s allowed in his county.
“Dandekar Finds Home,” Director & Screenwriter: Leena Pendharkar
When a kindly middle-aged man is forced into retirement, and his daughters attempt to cheer him up by trading away his old, clunky Volvo for a brand-new one, Dandekar’s day-long journey to get his beloved old car back prepares him to move onto the next phase of his life.
“We’ll Be Gone,” Director & Screenwriter: Hossein Keshavarz
“We’ll Be Gone” tells the story of a disparate group of Americans bound together by a bad mortgage in the days leading up to the economic collapse.
“The Tennis Partner,” Screenwriter: Mridu Chandra
“The Tennis Partner” is an unforgettable, true story of a doctor’s struggle to teach a student about medical science and, as their relationship grows, to save him from cocaine addiction. It is an adaptation of the bestselling memoir by Dr. Abraham Verghese about his medical practice in El Paso, TX.
“Somebody to Love,” Director: Alrick Brown
Chuck Banks is a broken down soul singer surviving off the fame of his late father and a hit he wrote years ago. After one too many drinks, one too many miles, and one too many fights with his band-mate and girlfriend Janelle, he finds himself in a familiar town where an old flame seems to offer the dream of settling down. Faced with a choice, Chuck struggles to find the love he thinks he wants but ultimately realizes that family is closer than he thought.
“Giant Land,” Director & Screenwriter: Yousaf Ali Khan
Troubled ten year-old Ryan escapes his mother and her boyfriend by playing on the industrial wasteland near his home, where he finds an injured Afghani man hiding out in a shipping container and convinces himself he has found his estranged father.
“Born into This,” Director: Emanuel Shirinian
Jazz musician Benjamin, a down on his luck romantic arrives home after being kicked out of his prestigious music school. His life takes an unexpected turn when his 80 year-old grandfather gives him the family business and becomes a lively roommate.