Drama “Any Day Now” and doc “Burn” scored the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival’s audience awards, announced at the fest’s wrap party on Saturday, April 28. Writer-helmer Travis Fine’s “Any Day Now” stars Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt as a gay couple in 1970s L.A. who take in a teen boy (Isaac Leyva) with Downs syndrome, only to have to fight biased authorities in order to keep him.
Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez’s “Burn,” exec produced by Denis Leary, follows a Detroit fire commissioner’s efforts to help revitalize his city.
Each kudo comes with a cash prize of $25,000. Festgoers voted for the aud awards with ballots they were given at the end of Tribeca screenings.
In another round of awards that wrapped up this year’s fest, the Tribeca Film Institute named the winners of its annual Tribeca All Access grants in a ceremony held April 26.
The two laurels for creative promise – one for a narrative feature and one for a docu – were Jeff Barnaby’s “Rhymes for Young Ghouls,” a coming-of-ager about a young Mi’kmaq girl and her difficult family situation, and Yoruba Richen’s doc “The New Black,” about the sometimes thorny relationship between the black and LGBT civil rights movements. Each project took home $10,000 in coin.
Honorable mention went to Liliana Greenfield-Sanders’ narrative feature “Bypass,” about a young woman’s extreme surgical efforts to change herself.
TFI also handed out grants to nine projects from All Access program alums, with awards going specifically to fund docs, visual pitch materials, marketing, crossover with gaming or other steps in the development of a project.