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TFI unveils TAA, Sloan winners

Terence Nance’s narrative project The Lobbyists and Lyric R Cabral and David F Sutcliffe’s documentary (T)ERROR prevailed at the 10th Annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) Creative Promise Awards on Wednesday night [24]. Newton’s Laws Of Emotion won the inaugural TFI Sloan Filmmaker Prize.

The TAA winners were selected from 11 projects and each will receive $10,000 in completion funds. 

The Lobbyists centres on a con artist and a former CIA agent who blackmail politicians into supporting progressive legislation.

(T)ERROR follows a FBI counterterrorism sting operation in which the target realises a government informant is setting him up.

TAA Alumni Documentary Grants made possible by The John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation have gone to Dawn Valadez’ Turn It Around and Eric Juhola’s Untitled Colorado Documentary.

TAA Alumni Feature Narrative Awards were presented to Hossein Keshavarz’ A Pebble Of Love In The Shoe Of My Life and Untitled Colombia Project by Paola Mendoza.

TAA On-Track Grants went to Darius Clark Monroe’s documentary Evolution Of A Criminal with Spike Lee serving as executive producer and Aurora Guerrero’s narrative project Los Valientes.

The TAA Adrienne Shelly Foundation Filmmaker Grant has gone to Afia Nathaniel for Dukhtar, based on her TAA screenplay formerly known as Neither The Veil Nor The Four Walls. The TAA Marketing & Web Fellowship went to Oscar’s Comeback by Lisa Collins and Mark Schwartzburt

Four TAA filmmakers will be selected for the game design workshop during the Games For Change Festival in June under the auspices of Tribeca Hacks TAA/Games 4 Change alliance.

TAA Packaging the Pitch Grants went to The Odyssey of Al Sharpton by Yoruba Richen and Hound Dog by Crayton Robey.

The first TFI Sloan Filmmaker Prize and a $10,000 cash award has gone to Newton’s Laws Of Emotion. The project was chosen from the four 2013 Sloan Filmmaker Fund recipients. Those recipients were awarded a total of $140,000 in grants earlier in the month.

Each of the projects integrates science and technology themes and characters into their storylines. The grant recipients will also receive year-round mentorship from science experts and members of the film industry in order to complete their projects.

Eugene Ramos wrote and Andeep Singh produces Newton’s Laws Of Emotion, a love triangle drama featuring a young Isaac Newton.

“We have selected four amazing TFI/Sloan film projects this year but we are especially thrilled to award the first ever TFI Sloan Filmmaker Prize to Newton’s Laws Of Emotion,” said Doron Weber, vice-president of programmes at the Alfred P Sloan Foundation.

“It gives us a brilliant, swashbuckling and romantic Isaac Newton whose personal emotions colour his scientific theories – and vice versa—and shows yet again how science is a quintessentially human enterprise that translates into great storytelling and box office magic.”

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