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Tribeca funds new media

'Tillman,' 'Interrupters' projects get coin

Interactive initiatives related to docs “The Tillman Story” and “The Interrupters” are among the projects to be supported by the inaugural round of the Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund.

Helmer Steve James is on the team that will receive $75,000 for the Web campaign for James’ 2011 docu “The Interrupters,” about a group of Chicago “violence interrupters.” Features include interactive Web stories from the peacekeepers depicted in the film as well as a digital shrine to violence victims.

“Tillman Story” director Amir Bar-Lev, meanwhile, is one of the collaborators on “The Tillman Story Interactive Edition,” a site that gives visitors access to the 2010 doc as well as outtakes, documents and news. Project was awarded $50,000.

A total of $400,000 was handed out by the fund, including $100,000 to “18 Days of Egypt,” an interactive doc project created using videos, photos, emails and tweets generated by the Egyptian Revolution.

Community health tracker “Map Your World” also snagged $75,000, while multi-filmmaker docu “Afghan Lives” and refugee-camp chronicle “Dadaab Stories” were awarded $50,000 each.

Fund is part of TFI’s partnership with the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative.

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