The twelve movies selected for this year’s Tribeca All Access (TAA) program have been announced by the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). The program, now in its eight year, helps establish relationships between movie industry executives and filmmakers from underrepresented communities. Not only will the winning filmmakers each earn $10,000 grants, they will also be partnered with an established filmmaker from the Producers Guild of America to mentor them and help promote their movies.
The 12 movies, which were picked from over 375 submissions, will be presented throughout a five-day program during the week of April 25-29. Jane Rosenthal, the co-founder of the TFI, has said the festival is “committed to finding more ways to encourage women and minority filmmakers. The access and support that TAA provides filmmakers is crucial to showcasing their talent to wider audiences.”
Some of the winners include Randy Stulberg’s documentary ‘Broken Heart Land.’ The drama follows the suicide of a gay teen in America’s Bible Belt. The movie also chronicles the surrounding community’s grief and struggle to prevent further suicides.
Another winner is Tina Mabry’s narrative ‘Country Line,’ which follows a sheriff from a southern town as he tries to disconnect himself of a drug alliance. While investigating the deaths of his female informants, the sheriff must also deal with his son’s drug addiction.
Emanuel Shirinian’s ‘Born into This’ is the official Canadian selection of the TAA. It follows jazz musician Benjamin, who must go home after he’s kicked out of his music school. He’s then surprisingly given the family business by his 80-year-old grandfather.
Written by: Karen Benardello