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Tribeca: Doc Fund Hands Out Finishing Coin to Nine Titles

Projects from Pennebaker, Hegedus and Curry are among projects dividing up $150,000

Documentaries from filmmakers including D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus and Marshall Curry are among the projects to receive a total of $150,000 in funding from the Tribeca Film Institute, the Gotham nonprofit affiliated with the Tribeca Film Festival.

Nine projects will receive coin from a couple of different pots, with six of them to take a total of $100,000 from the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund and three more dividing up $50,000 from TFI’s Spotlighting Women Doc Award. All nine will put the cash toward production and finishing.

The latest from Pennebaker and Hegedus (“The War Room”), “Unlocking the Cage,” centers on two attorneys fighting for the legislature of animal rights, while the new one from Curry (“Street Fight,” “If a Tree Falls”), “Run and Gun,” centers on an American man who uses his camera to document his experiences fighting for the rebels in the Libyan revolution.

Also scoring coin from the doc fund are Jeremy Williams “On a Knife Edge,” about a Lakota teen; Ryan White and Ben Cotner’s “Perry v. Schwarzenegger,” centering on the fight for gay marriage in California; Johan Grimonprez’s arms trade investigation “The Shadow World”; and “Silenced,” James Spione’s look at four whistleblowers in the war on terror.

Winners of the Spotlighting Women award, co-funded with the women’s rights-centric Kering Foundation, include Pamela Yates’ “Disruption,” following Latin American activist-economists; Beth Murphy’s look at a girls’ school in an Afghan village, “What Tomorrow Brings”; and “Democrazy,” a film by Andreas Dalsgaard, Nicolas Servide and Viviana Gomez about a Colombian activist.

Grant recipients were chosen by a jury that included Jada Pinkett Smith, Olivia Wilde and Molly Thompson of A&E IndieFilms, among others.

The Doc Fund is part of the ongoing filmmaker development activities of TFI. The Tribeca fest, meanwhile, has in recent years gained a rep as a notable showcase for doc work.

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