[New York, NY – April 13, 2018] – Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has announced the launch of their first Works In Progress Program, as a continued effort to connect traditionally underrepresented filmmakers with industry professionals. The six TFI selected documentary and fiction features will be presented to accredited industry on Saturday, April 21st at Cinépolis Chelsea. The fiction block will begin at 9:30am and the documentary block will begin at 11am. Each project will have the opportunity to show excerpts of up to 20-minutes from the selected works, most of which are currently in the post-production stage. This gives filmmakers an opportunity to show footage to an industry audience and enhance the connections made during the festival. Tribeca Film Festival and TFI Network accredited industry can attend the event with their industry badge.
“This is a next logical step to building out our 3-day TFI Network for diverse voices,” said Amy Hobby, Executive Director of TFI. “This is an opportunity for non-profit granters, funders, post facilities, sales agents, distributors and anyone tracking new talent to discover exciting new work.”
The Works-In-Progress participants were selected through TFI’s submissions cycle and each project is also participating in TFI Network, a filmmaker / industry market hosted each year during the Tribeca Film Festival®. This year, the Network will be held on April 19 – 20.
“We are proud to say the six projects selected are either directed or co-directed by women, tackling current themes of immigration, race, gender and class issues in an innovative way” said Senior Director, Artist Programs Molly O’Keefe. “It is important that these films get to the finish line, each a wide audience and we believe this program will get them there.”
The following projects will screen:
Co-written & Directed by Darya Zhuk, Written by Helga Landauer Olshvang
In 1990s Belarus, a wanderlust young DJ is derailed by a typo in a forged US Visa application, forcing her to a backwater factory town where she is determined to fake her way to the American dream.
Written & Directed by Numa Perrier
In the last days of her mother’s life, 19 year old Tiffany crashes with five family members in a Las Vegas studio apartment. In order to make ends meet, her sister, a phone sex operator, introduces her to the world of internet fetish cam girls.
(*Previously participated as a short film in 2015 in Through Her Lens: Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program)
Directed by Emma Westenberg
Written by Valerie Kamen
Reunited on Long Island, three friends attempt to solve their hometown’s cold case. Instead, their amateur investigation leads them to face the realities of the residents of their town and the truth about themselves.
Directed by Ben Guez & Aleksandra Kulak
In a fearless battle against conformity, the brilliant and volatile Kate Woods and her brother Kemp resettle in an abandoned California mining camp, conjuring the zeal of the ghost town’s past inhabitants. While homesteading duties are eased by fervent discussions with their old friend Tommy about politics, art, and existence, a new challenge arises: facing their own ghosts.
WATERMELON THUMP QUEEN*
Directed by Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman
In the "toughest town in Texas”, a high stakes election plays out as seven high school girls compete to become the next Watermelon Thump Queen.
(*Previously participated in the 2017 TFI/A&E StoryLab)
WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED
Directed by Mariam Ghani
WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED examines five unfinished fiction films from the Communist era in Afghanistan - when film was a weapon, filmmakers became targets, and the dreams of political regimes merged with the stories told on-screen.
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Tribeca Film Institute champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world. Each year, we identify a diverse group of exceptional filmmakers and media artists then empower them with funding and resources to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences. Our education programs empower students through hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, offering young people the media skills necessary to be creative and productive global citizens. We are a year-round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001.