Three TFI Alumni Receive 2014 Spirit Award Nominations

The nominations for the 29th Annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced today and we're happy to see that three of our alumni will been recognized.

Lucy Mulloy's debut feature Una Noche (2010 Tribeca All Access® grantee)—which found major attention at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival after winning multiple awards followed by a theatrical release by Sundance Selects that was presented by Spike Lee—received Best First Feature (Mulloy) and Best Editing (Cindy Lee) nominations.

The latest film by Andrew Bujalski, Computer Chess (2012 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund), received nominations for the John Cassavetes Award—given to the best feature made for under $500,000—and Best Cinematography (Matthias Grunsky). It's quickly grown as a cult favorite for its low-fi look since premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival. It was released by Kino Lorber earlier in the year.

Then in the Best Documentary category TAA 2011 grantee Gideon's Army, directed by Dawn Porter, is one of  the nominees. The film premiered at Sundance where it won the Best Editing award and aired on HBO over the summer.

Here's trailers to the films. Winners will be announced on March 1.

Read our Artist to Artist interview with Lucy Mulloy

Read Bujalski's 5 Major Influences behind Computer Chess

Read Porter's inspiration behind Gideon's Army

[Photo: Computer Chess]