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Tribeca coin to ‘Mapplethorpe’

Projects selected for All Access program

A biopic of Robert Mapplethorpe, with James Franco attached to star, is among the in-development features to snag grants as part of the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access Program.

Pic from writer-director Ondi Timoner is among the six narrative films and five docs to make the cut for Tribeca Film Institute’s ninth annual edition of the All Access initiative, which supports brewing projects with grants as well as professional development activities held during the Tribeca Film Festival.

Also on the roster is “Abigail Harm,” scribe Samuel Gray Anderson and helmer Lee Isaac Chung’s redux of a Korean folk tale set to star Amanda Plummer, as well as Brenna Sanchez and Tom Putnam’s doc “Burn (One Year on the Frontlines of the Battle to Save Detroit),” which counts vets of FX skein “Rescue Me” among its team of producers.

Run by Tribeca Film Institute, the year-round nonprofit affiliated with the Tribeca fest, the Tribeca All Access program bestows a grant of $15,000 to each project and brings in the filmmakers for a five-day professional program set to run during the fest. Features are all in the running for TAA’s Creative Promise Awards, which sees a jury of pros pick one doc and one narrative film to receive an additional $10,000 each.

Also on the list of docus participating in this year’s program are an untitled film from Ramin Bahrani about gold and its cultural and monetary value; Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Naqvi’s “Two Children of the Red Mosque,” centering on the differing paths of a pair of Pakistani girls; “Desert Stars,” Raouf Zaki’s tale of a monk confronting the Egyptian revolution; and “The New Black,” exploring the histories of African American and LGBT civil rights movements.

Narrative features include Liliana Greenfield-Sanders’ “Bypass,” a “Frankenstein”-ish story about an obese young woman who transforms herself through surgery; Leah Meyerhoff’s “I Believe in Unicorns,” about a teen girl who runs away with an older boy; and “Manchild,” Ryan Koo’s tale about a young basketball prodigy at a Christian school.

Jeff Barnaby’s coming-of-age story “Rhymes for a Young Ghoul” will participate in the program through a partnership with the Canadian Film Center.

With the Tribeca Film Festival running April 18-29, the TAA career development sessions run April 22-26 and culminate in the Creative Promise Awards on April 26.

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