Second Annual TFI/A&E IndieFilms Documentary StoryLab

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Academy Award®- Nominated Filmmakers at Three-Day Session in New York City

[New York, NY – July 14, 2014] –Tribeca Film Institute® today announced the second annual StoryLab for filmmakers in partnership with A&E IndieFilms that will provide in-depth assistance for five filmmaking teams with documentary projects in post-production. The TFI/A&E IndieFilms StoryLab is designed to help position filmmakers that are preparing to submit to major film festivals, and are working on story structure and character development. The StoryLab will provide one-on-one mentorship, master class and industry discussions, and networking opportunities. The three-day event will kick off today at the Cardozo School of Law in New York City. 
Master classes will be led by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady of Loki Films (JESUS CAMP, DETROPIA), along with their longtime editor Enat Sidi.  Additional industry leaders will serve as mentors, and include Julie Goldman, Chris Clements and Carolyn Hepburn of Motto Pictures, noted director and producer Amir Bar-Lev (THE TILLMAN STORY, HAPPY VALLEY), Producer Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and Tribeca Film Festival® Programmers Cara Cusumano and Sharon Badal.
“It is such an honor to partner with A&E IndieFilms on a second annual StoryLab for a group of deserving documentary filmmakers working on creative and entertaining films,” said Ryan Harrington, VP, Artist Programs at Tribeca Film Institute. “Through a diverse combination of working sessions and targeted seminars led by pioneer filmmakers, this program aims to create an environment where filmmakers can get vital resources for their individual projects from not only these esteemed filmmakers but from their peers as well.”
“A&E IndieFilms is proud to continue our partnership with Tribeca Film Institute," said Molly Thompson, Senior Vice President of A&E IndieFilms.   "These filmmakers are already well on their way to making something great, but we feel they will benefit tremendously from time with these skilled and knowledgeable mentors.”
Participants in the second TFI/A&E IndieFilms StoryLab include:
·         FRANCO. A DOCUMENTARY, Directed by Lisa Vangellow. Examines a year in the life of the polymath James Franco.
·         UNTITLED, Directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg. A disgraced public figure seeks redemption.
·         THE NATIONAL LAMPOON PROJECT, Directed and Produced by Douglas Tirola, Produced by Susan Bedusa. The story of the National Lampoon and the writers, artists and performers that changed humor in America.
·         THE PEACEMAKER, Directed and Produced by James Demo. THE PEACEMAKER takes us from one man's isolated life in Cambridge, Massachusetts to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on Earth – from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq – to chronicle, over five years, Padraig O'Malley's journey as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction.
·         THE WOLFPACK PROJECT (2014 TFI Documentary Fund grantee), Directed by Crystal S. Moselle and Produced by Izabella Tzenkova. Six eccentric teenage brothers growing up in the Lower East Side projects are locked away from society by their father. Their only window into the outside world is watching movies. To handle isolation, they begin reenacting their favorite films - and when one of the brothers breaks free, it changes everything.

About Tribeca Film Institute (  
Tribeca Film Institute champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world.  Through grants and professional development programs, TFI supports a diverse, exceptional group of filmmakers and media artists, providing them resources needed to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences.  The Institute’s educational programming leverages an extensive film community network to help underserved New York City students learn filmmaking and gain the media skills necessary to be productive citizens and creative individuals in the 21st century.  Featuring hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, the Institute administers programs to more than 25,000 students annually.  TFI was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001 and is a 501(c)(3) year-round nonprofit arts organization.
About A&E IndieFilms

A&E IndieFilms is the feature documentary production arm of A+E Studios. A&E IndieFilms is committed to developing the work of outstanding independent filmmakers and helping them reach the broadest possible audience.  A&E IndieFilms commissions, acquires and provides finishing funds for feature documentaries intended for co-branded theatrical release.  Films include the 2006 and 2007 Academy Award nominees for Best Documentary Feature, Murderball and Jesus Camp; Nanette Burstein’s American Teen, which received the Directing Award at Sundance Film Festival; Amir Bar-Lev’s My Kid Could Paint That; R.J. Cutler’s The September Issue; Amir Bar-Lev’s 2011 PGA Award nominee The Tillman Story, Alex Gibney’s 2011 PGA Award and DGA Award nominee Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, The BAFTA Award winner The Imposter and Mike Myers directorial debut, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.

14 Jul 2014