We're thrilled to announce the selection of fourteen exceptional scripted and documentary projects for our 16th annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) program, which amplifies stories from historically underrepresented voices.
TAA is our flagship and longest-running program, providing fiscal grants as well as a broad range of mentorship for storytellers who create groundbreaking and vital projects. The next stop for these filmmakers will be TFI Network, our filmmaker/industry market, which provides an opportunity to meet with film industry experts including distributors, funders, programmers and mentors.
Amy Hobby, TFI Executive Director says “I am thrilled to be welcoming these filmmakers into the TFI family, and into a larger community of their peers during the three days of the TFI Network. High level industry will have the fortune of meeting these storytellers at a critical moment to launch their projects and careers.”
TAA is made possible by philanthropic support from the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. And, new in 2019, a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies will support a select number of TAA grantees from Latin America.
Here are this year's grantees...
Above and Below the Ground
EMILY HONG (Director, Cinematographer), MAGGIE LEMERE (Producer), TSA JI (Myanmar Impact Producer), JA HTOI PAN, (Producer)
ABOVE AND BELOW THE GROUND tells the story of brave indigenous women activists and punk rock pastors who come together in the struggle for environmental self-determination in Myanmar’s war-torn North. A last line of defense for communities caught between coveted natural resources, military cronies, and profit-hungry multinationals, these activists fight back the best way they know how--through protest, prayer, and Karaoke music videos.
DÉBORA SOUZA SILVA (Director, Producer), DAVID FELIX SUTCLIFFE (Producer), SABRINA SCHMIDT GORDON (Producer)
BLACK MOTHERS follows the journey of two women working to disrupt the cycle of racist violence within our country's injustice system. As one mother navigates the aftermath of her son’s attack by local police, the other channels her grief into organizing other mothers to fight for—and win—concrete change and justice.
SIERRA URICH (Director)
A filmmaker searches to uncover her family’s Iranian past. Excavating the formative memories of her grandmother, mother, and self, JOONAM explores the evolving shape of girlhood - and, with it, the complex relationships between mother and daughter, Iran and America, and the immigrant experience as it ripples over time.
The Other Side (Colombia / with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies)
IVAN GUARNIZO (Director), JORGE CABALLERO (Producer), PABLO DE LA CHICA (Co-Producer), ROSA RAMOS (Executive Producer)
As the war between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian State comes to a long-awaited end, filmmaker Ivan Guarnizo and his brother pursue the truth behind their mom’s kidnapping at the hands of the FARC group and struggle to understand how she was able to forgive her captors in the last years of her life.
North by Current
D'ANGELO MADSEN MINAX (Director), FELIX ENDARA (Producer)
Trans filmmaker D'Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his rural Michigan hometown following the death of his infant niece and the wrongful incarceration of his brother-in-law. As he navigates a town steeped in addiction, economic depression, and religious fervor, Madsen creates a relentless portrait of an enduring pastoral family.
The Silence of My Hands (Mexico / with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies)
MANUEL ACUÑA (Director), MÓNICA VELASCO (Producer)
THE SILENCE OF MY HANDS follows Rosa and Saira, two Mexican deaf women in love, as they struggle with the adversities of their language, the distance that separates them - and the limited time that they have together, as an unforeseen illness impacts their relationship.
Truth or Consequences
HANNAH JAYANTI (Director), SARA ARCHAMBAULT (Producer)
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES is a speculative documentary about four people finding a sense of belonging in the New Mexican desert. Based in documentary footage, the film takes place in a near future where people have left Earth to colonize new planets. Set in the small desert town of Truth or Consequences, NM, the film tells the story of the people who stayed. Through observational footage, archival, and experimental animations, TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES is a lyrical meditation on striving, memory, and finding what we’re looking for in the unlikeliest of places.
HALEY ELIZABETH ANDERSON (Director, Producer, Writer), ADRIEN COTHIER (Co-Producer)
After the death of his graffiti-writer brother, 15-year-old Trey follows Luke, a train hopping crust punk and his surrogate family of runaways, artists, and activists on illegal train rides that take him deep into a world off the grid. COYOTE BOYS is a portrait of rootless youth experiencing loss and loneliness—creating alternative ways of surviving 21st Century America.
The Hole in the Fence (Mexico / with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies)
JOAQUÍN DEL PASO (Director, Co-Writer), FERNANDA DE LA PEZA (Producer), LUCY PAWLAK (Production Designer, Co-Writer)
The first-year students of an elitist religious school are attending a "faith and integration" camp outside Mexico City. What begins as a tranquil retreat soon becomes dangerous when a mysterious hole is found in the perimeter fence.
ELEGANCE BRATTON (Director, Co-Writer), VALERIE STEINBERG (Producer), CHESTER ALGERNAL (Producer)
In the age of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," homeless youth Ellis French joins the Marine Corps in a last ditch attempt to change his life, but must conceal his attraction for his drill instructor in order to survive bootcamp.
Keep it Together
BANE FAKIH (Director, Screenwriter), FEDERICA BELLETTI (Producer), BIRGIT GERNBÖCK (Producer)
In 1976 civil-war-torn Beirut, a young rebellious woman fights to free her neighborhood from the control of the Holiday-Inn Sniper and to maintain her relationship with a woman bound by social norms.
ISABEL SANDOVAL (Director, Producer, Screenwriter), JHETT TOLENTINO (Producer), CARLO VELAYO (Producer), DARLENE MALIMAS (Producer)
In Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, a Filipina immigrant scrambling to avoid deportation becomes involved with a Russian slaughterhouse worker who is unaware that she's transgender.
BABAK KHOSHNOUD (Director, Writer), ZOEY TAYLOR (Producer), WILL ABRAMSON (Producer)
Set in an apartment complex outside Oakland, OSIAN tells the story of neighboring Persian-American families through the eyes of two teenagers — one reeling with the death of her mother, the other obsessed with raising money for his own funeral.
Toll (Brazil / with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies)
CAROLINA MARKOWICZ (Director, Screenwriter, Producer)
Told with dark humor, TOLL centers on Suellen, a toll booth attendant who realizes she can use her job to help a gang of thieves steal watches from the wealthy people driving between São Paulo and the coast. But this is only for a noble cause: to send her son to an expensive gay conversion workshop led by a renowned foreign priest.