Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced fifteen promising new projects selected for the 12th annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) program, along with two members of the LGBT filmmaking community selected as special fellows to attend its annual market during the Tribeca Film Festival.

The TAA program supports filmmakers from statistically underrepresented communities and will grant support for each of the projects as well as offer year-round support, guidance, and resources to help filmmakers complete them. TAA filmmakers are also welcomed into the TAA Alumni program, which supports their present and future work. In 2015, TAA and TAA Alumni will award a total of $200,000 in grant money.

Fifteen exceptional scripted, documentary and interactive works-in-progress were selected from 710 submissions from across the country. The TAA grantees are overseen by Ryan Harrington, Vice President, Artist Programs at TFI and encompass a collection of emerging and established diverse filmmakers.

“Tribeca All Access is TFI’s cornerstone filmmaker program and through it we are constantly reevaluating what “diversity” means,” said Harrington.  “This year, we are proud to extend our support to interactive and LGBT filmmakers, while maintaining the core mission of the program to amplify the voices of fearless, underrepresented artists.”

Since its founding in 2004, the diversity-focused TAA has served as TFI’s premiere scripted and documentary filmmaker program, specializing in providing a range of programming for storytellers who create groundbreaking media projects that bring unheard voices to the mainstream.

TAA is made possible by Time Warner Foundation, a leading supporter of TFI since 2006, with additional support from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and The New York State Council on the Arts.

“As a global company, Time Warner is committed to telling with world’s stories through the voices of the best storytellers.” said Lisa Garcia Quiroz, SVP Cultural Investments & Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner Inc., and President, Time Warner Foundation.  “That commitment is the inspiration for the mission of the Time Warner Foundation – to discover, nurture and celebrate the next generation of storytellers.

Through innovative partnerships with leading arts organizations like The Tribeca Film Institute, the Time Warner Foundation invests in programs that develop promising talent from all backgrounds. This is why the Tribeca All Access program continues to be such a wonderful example of our mission brought to life.”

Since 2004, TAA has supported 252 films and more than 395 filmmakers who identify as members of a minority group. TAA alumni projects have gone on to receive worldwide exposure and acclaim, including: Nas: Time is Illmatic, Obvious Child, (T)ERROR, God Loves Uganda, Evolution Of A Criminal, Una Noche, and Gideon’s Army.

With the support of the MacArthur Foundation, 2015 will mark the first year that this program has expanded to include interactive storytellers through five additional grants. TFI will implement three new programming initiatives under TAA:  an Interactive Prototype Fund, a workshop for TAA Interactive grantees and a dedicated TAA hackathon.

Five grants will be awarded to scripted projects in various stages.

Be Safe I Love You:  Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour.  A young female soldier returns home from Iraq traumatized and desperate to get her brother out of their small town destiny and protect him from the dangers and threats of the real world.

Black Sunshine: Directed and produced by Akosua Adoma Owusu. As a young Albino girl tries to balance her life between her demanding mother and her rejecting environment, a mythical reality is presented to her, but the path it leads to might be darker than she thinks.

Five Nights in Maine:  Directed by Maris Curran; produced by Maris Curran, Matt Parker, David Oyelowo and Carly Hugo.  A young African American man, reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged mother-in-law, who is herself confronting guilt and grief over her daughter’s death.

White Sun: Directed and produced by Deepak Rauniyar.  A dark comedy about life in a Nepali Mountain village in the wake of the decade-long armed conflict.

You & Me Both: Directed by Jennifer Cho Suhr; Produced by Carolyn Mao. When two sisters, estranged by one’s addiction, find out that they were adopted at their mother’s funeral, they go on an epic road trip to find the mother that birthed them.

Credit: Tribeca Film Institute

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