Tribeca Film Fellows® are New York City student filmmakers ages 16 to 18, who are selected to participate in a two-year program of developing personal creative projects, mentoring by professional filmmakers, screenings, panel discussions, workshops, and one-on-one college prep and career counseling. Fellows and alumni Fellows forge positive and lasting relationships with peers, educators, artists, and other industry leaders to help them to build awareness of and to inspire them to consider a broad-range of options for their educational and career advancement.
In the fall of 2015, six alumni Fellows were commissioned to create a short documentary film for Riverkeeper in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The film, KEEPING ON, explores how and why the watchdog organization was founded, many of its incredible accomplishments, and the steps necessary to preserve the integrity of the Hudson River. Success stories featured include Riverkeeper’s 1984 move to hold Exxon accountable for stealing fresh water from the Hudson to sell in Aruba and its more recent efforts to ban fracking in New York State.
Tribeca Film Fellows who participated in the Riverkeeper film along with their roles on the project and their universities in which they are currently enrolled:
Sarah Alli (Emerson College, 2016) - Director/Producer
Alejandra Araujo (NYU, 2015) - Cinematography
Stephanie Cherng (SUNY Purchase, 2019) – Editor
Jacquelyn Gutierrez (CUNY College of Technology, 2020) - Producer
Laura Moya (NYU, 2015) - Sound
Frisly Soberanis (Brooklyn College) –Cinematography
To learn more about Riverkeeper’s work, visit riverkeeper.org.