Rekhi, Rees, Fu win Creative Promise prizes
Ben Rekhi, Dee Rees and Marilyn Fu garnered top honors at the fourth Tribeca All Access Creative Promise awards on Saturday.The five-day Tribeca Film Festival program provided 32 participating directors and screenwriters the opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential investors, development executives, producers, and agents in prescheduled meetings. Program’s 11 jurors, including Freddy Rodriguez, Kerry Washington, Vogue’s Editor at Large, André Leon Talley and producer Elizabeth Avellàn, selected three winners. Rekhi was presented with the narrative section prize for “Waste,” a story about a New York sanitation worker. Rees took home the documentary kudo for work-in-progress project, “Eventual Salvation,” which follows an 80-year-old grandmother who returns to Liberia to rebuild her life and community after civil war, while Fu won the screenplay prize for “The Sisterhood of Night,” an adaptation of the short story by Steven Millhauser. Caryn Waechter is attached to direct. Kudos came with a prize of $10,000 for narrative and documentary and $5,000 for screenwriting. Cherien Dabis was also presented with the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Vision award for her screenplay “Amreeka.” Kudo came with a $15,000 prize.