The Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci have announced seven recipients of the 2009 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund to support projects that promote social change.
This is the second year that the scheme has been in operation to provide finishing funds. Funds totalling $100,000 will go to the seven film-makers, chosen from 350 submissions from 41 countries.
The recipients are: Anatomy Of Poverty from Elinyisia Mosha; Born Under Fire from Jairo Eduardo Carrillo; Enemies Of The People from Rob Lemkin and S Thet; Growing Small from Jyllian Gunther; Made In India from Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha; Marathon Boy from Gemma Atwal; and The Promise Of Freedom from Beth Murphy.
The projects were selected by a committee consisting of Dan Cogan, Abigail Disney, Philip Gourevitch, Julia Ormond and Sam Pollard.
“It was a great eye-opener to be part of the committee that selected the winning films,” Gourevitch, who was also a member of the 2008 selection committee, said. “Each of the winners found a look and a tone that illuminated their material and their take on it in some indelible way, and each has stayed with me long after the screen went dark… That doesn’t happen every day.”