2019 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund Grantees Announced: $140,000 Awarded to Documentary Filmmakers

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[New York, NY – October 15, 2019] – Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI) and Gucci today announced the 2019 grant recipients for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. The program, funded by Gucci, provides production and finishing finances, along with year-round support and guidance from TFI, to feature-length documentary films that highlight and humanize critical domestic and international social issues, particularly via women-led stories. Nine projects have been selected to receive a total of $140,000 in funding support.

The grantees were selected by a jury comprised of accomplished filmmakers, industry leaders and activists: Justine Nagan (Executive Director / Executive Producer at American Documentary | POV), Hari Nef (Actress, Model, Writer), Brittany Packnett (Author, Activist & Co-Founder, Campaign Zero), Jon Sesrie-Goff (Executive Director, The Flaherty Seminar), Noor Tagouri (Libyan American journalist & activist), and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Emmy & Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Best Documentary Feature – FREE SOLO).

Now in its twelfth year, the fund has to date supported 94 films and provided more than $1.5 million in grants since its inception.

In addition to funding the production and post-production of select projects, the fund will also support the impact distribution and strategy campaign work for two projects, with the objective of having those films attain maximum reach and help generate social change. Leading industry marketing and advocacy firm Picture Motion will implement the impact work for these selected projects.

“These filmmakers are highlighting urgent social issues through strong character-led stories – from a young, stateless woman fleeing violence and revealing the complex geo-history and politics between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, to a brother and sister fighting on opposite ends of the Libyan revolution, and a kaleidoscopic look into the immediate aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election,” said Monika Navarro, Senior Director, Programs at Tribeca Film Institute. “We’re thrilled to support these artists, many of whom are TFI alumni, in bringing these projects to life.”

About Tribeca Film Institute

Tribeca Film Institute works across the U.S. and globally to ensure that filmmakers and creators have the tools and resources they need to tell their stories, connect with audiences, and build thriving careers. We do all of this in service of the storyteller in order to break barriers to access, exposure, and sustainability that result from imbalances in representation and power. Working in documentary, scripted, and immersive media, TFI supports more than 225 storytellers each year through grants, mentorships, labs, and workshops valued at more than $2.25 million. For more information about TFI, please visit http://www.tfiny.org.

About Gucci

Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands, with a renowned reputation for creativity, innovation and Italian craftsmanship. Gucci is part of the global luxury group Kering, which manages the development of a series of renowned Maisons in fashion, leather goods, jewelry and watches.

For further information about Gucci visit http://www.gucci.com.


2019 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund Grantees:

Director: Giovanni Buccomino
Producers: Naziha Arebi, Alessandro Carroli
Italy / Libya  

Filmed over six years, AFTER A REVOLUTION is the intimate story of two siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after fighting on opposite sides of the Libyan revolution. As they raise their children amongst the chaos, they witness their country’s explosive course from rebellion to elections to the edge of civil war, and experience at close range the human impact of conflict and international intervention.

Director: Nailah Jefferson
Producer: Darcy McKinnon

After serving twenty-three years in prison separated from her two children, Danielle Metz returns home when her sentence is commuted by President Obama. COMMUTED follows her life as she rebuilds her relationships with family and fights a system that is incarcerating women at an unprecedented rate.


Directors: Stephen Maing & Eric Daniel Metzgar
Producers: Stephen Maing, Eric Daniel Metzgar, Rachel Traub

Two hundred and twenty-seven years after George Washington remarked on America as ”the last great experiment," an assembly of diverse documentary filmmakers from around the country consider a new experiment.


Director: David Osit

MAYOR follows a charismatic leader's quest to build the city of the future in a land paralyzed by its past.  


Directors: Maya Cueva & Leah Galant
Producers: Diane Becker, Melanie Miller, Amanda Spain, & Elizabeth Woodward
USA / Mexico   
Recipient of the Impact Distribution Award (with support from Picture Motion)

ON THE DIVIDE follows the story of three Latinx people living in McAllen, Texas who, despite their views, are connected by the most unexpected of places: the last abortion clinic on the U.S./Mexico border. As threats to the clinic and their personal safety mount, the three characters are forced to make decisions they never could have imagined.


Director & Producer: Matthew Hashiguchi 

In Clay County, one of Georgia’s poorest and unhealthiest counties, Dr. Karen Kinsell struggles to keep her rural clinic open to provide the only local source of healthcare. 


Director: Michèle Stephenson
Producers: Joe Brewster, Jennifer Holness, & Lea Marin
USA / Canada / Dominican Republic             

Through the journey of electoral hopeful Rosa Iris, filmmaker Michèle Stephenson’s new documentary​ ​STATELESS traces the complex tributaries of history and present-day politics between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, revealing the personal impact of institutionalized racism and oppression.


Director: Kristen Irving-Jordan
Producers: Katie Doering, Kristen Irving-Jordan
Recipient of the Impact Distribution Award (with support from Picture Motion)

A documentary film exploring the origins of the American religious right and pro-life movements.


Director: Maisie Crow
Producers: Maisie Crow, Heidi Reinberg
USA / Mexico              

This untitled project follows a group of seniors at a high school ten miles from the US/Mexico border as they navigate post-graduate life.   

15 Oct 2019