Ebola Outbreak and Oakland Police Documentaries Score Tribeca Grants

Documentaries about the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and the Oakland Police Department are among the projects to win support from a $150,000 pool of funds from the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund.

The 8-year-old fund — administered by Tribeca Film Institute, the nonprofit loosely affiliated with the Tribeca Film Festival — provides production and finishing finances for feature-length docs that focus on domestic and international social issues. Among the 10 grant winners, four of them — “Audrie and Daisy,” “Belly of the Beast,” “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers” and “The War to Be Her” — were recipients of the new AOL Charitable Foundation Award.

The roster of 2015 Gucci Tribeca Fund grant recipients includes the following:

  • Arthur Pratt and Banker White’s “Survivors” (pictured above), about Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak;
  • Peter Nicks’ “The Oakland Police Project,” set in the troubled Oakland PD;
  • Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard’s “ACORN and the Firestorm,” about a controversy surrounding the lower-income community organizing group;
  • James Longley’s “Angels Are Made of Light,” about students and teachers at a school in Kabul;
  • “Beitar” (working title), Maya Zinshtein’s look at Muslim soccer players in Israel;
  • Nancy Schwartzman’s “Roll Red Roll,” about the social-media clues pointing to the rape of a teenage girl;
  • Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen’s “Audrie and Daisy,” about two teenage girls who were sexually assaulted at high school parties;
  • Reproductive rights story “Belly of the Beast” from filmmaker Erika Cohn;
  • “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers,” Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Chinoy’s look at a trio of women in an all-female, largely Muslim unit of police officers sent to Haiti after the earthquake;
  • Erin Heidenreich’s “The War to Be Her,” about Pakistani squash player Maria Toorpakai Wazir.

This year’s recipients of the annual grants were selected by a jury that included Common, filmmakers Gia Coppola (“Palo Alto”) and Rachel Boynton (“Our Brand Is Crisis”) as well as executives Dyllan McGee, Charlie Phillips and Debbie Zimmerman.

The Gucci Tribeca awards also come with consultations and other guidance to help steer the projects to the marketplace.



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