Total of $100,000 goes to three projects
Tribeca Film Institute has announced a trio of film projects receiving inaugural grants from the recently established TFI Documentary Fund, with advanced-stages films together receiving a total of $100,000 through the fund’s HBO Fellowships.The TFI/HBO “Documentary Screen Test” Fellowship, a $50,000 grant aimed at in-production projects from emerging filmmakers, goes to “Very Semi-Serious,” a doc about the lives of New Yorker cartoonists. Leah Wolchok helms the pic, which is produced by Davina Pardo. The $25,000 “House I Live In” Fellowship goes toward the completion of a docu that follows a filmmaker’s personal story. Recipient this year is “The Genius of Marian,” helmer Banker White’s look at his mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. The “Outside Looking In” Fellowship doles out $25,000 to an “extraordinary character-driven story,” with the 2011 award going to Vladi Alpin’s “A Contemplation of a Very Serious Matter,” about two friends’ search to uncover the secrets behind a strange YouTube clip. Each of the three grants also comes with one-on-one interviews with industry types and as well as guidance from pros and a meeting with HBO Documentary Films. Tribeca Film Festival runs April 20-May 1, with a cocktail reception and panel set to honor the doc grant recipients April 28.