Docu helmers score Tribeca grants

TFI's documentary fund names 2013 winners

Tribeca Film Institute will hand out $160,000 in total grants to about a dozen documakers who are the 2013 grant winners for the TFI Documentary Fund.

The total includes $30,000 for a newly established grant to support a feature-length doc about sports. Presented with ESPN (also a co-presenter of sports programming as part of Tribeca’s annual film festival), the inaugural TFI/ESPN Prize goes to Chapman Way and Maclain Way’s “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” about the creation of a popular minor-league baseball team.

The rest of TFI’s doc funds will be spread out among 10 titles in various stages of development and production. Among the five projects in development are incipient docs from “Detropia” helmer Heidi Ewing (“The Arrivals,” about a gay couple who leave Mexico City to live as illegal aliens in New York City); “Planet of Snail” director Seung-Jun Yi (“Wind on the Moon,” centering on a mother’s attempts to understand her deaf and blind daughter); and “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” helmer Marie Losier (“Peaches Goes Bananas,” about the musician Peaches).

Coin will also go to four works currently in production — including “Art and Craft,” Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman’s “Art and Craft,” about a prolific art forger — and to one movie in post, Geeta V. Patel and Ravi Patel’s “One in a Billion,” about an Indian-American man caught between his paramour and his parents.

TFI is the year-round nonprofit arts org that is loosely affiliated with the Tribeca Film Festival, which will begin announcing the lineup of its 2013 edition in the coming weeks.

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