The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund and the AOL Charitable Foundation Awards have named seven films to receive a total of $150,000 in grants, for documentaries touching on subjects that range from a right-wing insurrection to American immigrants infiltrating detention centers to a diverse Brownie troop.
In the past the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund awarded grants to a larger number of documentaries, but this year curbed the final tally in an effort to allocate more funds to each project. Over the last nine years, the Fund has supported 73 films and handed out $1.15 million in grants.
In the second year that the AOL Charitable Foundation joins the Gucci Tribeca Fund, those awards go to three out of the seven projects whose documentaries illuminate the lives of women and youth around the globe.
The 2016 Gucci Tribeca Fund grant recipients lineup includes the following:
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- Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera’s “The Infiltrators,” about immigrants in America who are used to “infiltrate” secretive detention centers.
- “Malheur,” directed and produced by first-time director David Byars and produced by David Holbrooke and Morgan Spurlock, following an right-wing militia insurrection.
- “My Country, No More,” directed and produced by Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling, centering on the wake of the North Dakota oil boom.
- “One Bullet Afghanistan,” directed and produced by Carol Dysinger and produced by Su Kim, about one bullet, fired into darkness, that hit a boy on a residential street in Afghanistan.
The 2016 AOL Charitable Foundation Awards include:
- “Marriage Cops,” directed and produced by Cheryl Hess and Shashwati Talukdar, following an Indian couple in unlikely relationship advice.
- “Radical Brownies,” directed and produced by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, produced and edited by Katie Flint, and executive produced by Grace Lee, chronicling the creation of a Brownie troop of 8-to-12-year-old girls of color — the Radical Monarchs — in Oakland, CA.
- “What Walaa Wants,” directed by Christy Garland and produced by Anne Köhncke, about a refugee in the West Bank.
This year’s grant recipients were chosen by a jury that included filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (“Saving Face,” “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”); producer Dede Gardner (“The Big Short,” “The Normal Heart,” “12 Years a Slave”); Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director of the International Documentary Association; actor Josh Lucas (“A Beautiful Mind,” “American Psycho”) and Dyllan McGee, Founder and Executive Producer of Makers and McGee Media.