The activities of the newly opened Made in NY Media Center are beginning to come into focus, with the center now hosting a new three-day program aimed at helping filmmakers position viable documentary features for the bigscreen.
Launched by Gotham nonrprofit Tribeca Film Institute and A+E Films, the TFI/A+E Films Feature Doc Storytelling Workshop will include master classes led by doc producer Simon Chinn, who picked up Oscars for “Man on Wire” and “Searching for Sugar Man.” Also part of the workshop is mentorship from industry pros — including Ross Kauffman (“Born Into Brothels”), Julie Goldman (“Buck”) and execs from TFI and A+E Films — as well as pitch training, screenings and networking opps.
Five filmmaking teams will participate in the workshop, which launches today and continues through Oct. 25. Among the projects being developed are Mohammed Ali Naqvi’s “Pride: Musharraf in Exile” (pictured, above); James Spione’s war-on-terror whistleblowers doc “Silenced”; “(T)error,” Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe’s look at an FBI counter-terror operation; Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick’s “The Hand That Feeds,” about an undocumented worked struggling to change working conditions at a Gotham deli; and an untitled docu about transgender youth from Eric Juhola.
TFI is the nonprofit loosely affiliated with the Tribeca Film Festival, which has earned a rep as a prominent showcase for new documentaries. A+E Films is the feature doc production arm of A+E Studios.
The doc workshop is one of the first events to stake out a spot in the Made in NY Media Center, the city of New York’s intended media-industry hub, which just opened its doors in Brooklyn earlier this month.