GUCCI TRIBECA DOCUMENTARY FUND PRESENTS: DOCS ON THE SHORTLIST
A Survey of Documentaries from Tribeca Film Festival Alumni on the 2008 Feature
Documentary Academy Award(r) Shortlist
2 Day Series to Take Place January 8 and January 10, 2009 at Tribeca Cinemas
December 10, 2008 – New York, NY – The Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci announce a
two day series “Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund presents: Docs on the Shortlist.”
Presented by the Fund which offers finishing funds to documentaries of social
significance, the new series offers filmgoers the opportunity to see a selection of
the documentary contenders shortlisted for the nomination for Best Feature
Documentary for the 81st Academy Awards(r). This series is also supported by media
sponsor indieWIRE, the start page for independent and specialty films.
Launching on Thursday, January 8 and continuing on Saturday, January 10, the two day
series brings together filmmakers who have been part of past Tribeca Film Festivals
to screen their new documentary films, which are currently being recognized by the
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Six of the 15 documentaries under
consideration for nomination will be screened; the films in the series are: At the
Death House Door, The Garden, I.O.U.S.A., Man on Wire, Pray the Devil Back to Hell,
and They Killed Sister Dorothy.
The series will be hosted by three Oscar(r) nominated documentary filmmakers and
Tribeca alumni Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp) and Marshall Curry (Street
Fight) and last year’s Oscar(r) winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to
the Dark Side), also a Tribeca alumnus. All of the screenings will feature special
appearances by the filmmakers and will be followed by Q & A’s moderated by Curry,
Ewing, Gibney, or Grady.
“This series emphasizes our commitment to supporting filmmakers in every stage of
the filmmaking process,” said Brian Newman, CEO of Tribeca Film Institute. “We are
happy to provide this opportunity for audiences who are interested in quality
documentary films, as well as for those that may have missed these movies the first
time around or can’t wait to see them again.”
“Tribeca has been a great booster for documentaries, showcasing them at the
festival, supporting them with the Gucci fund, and now with this series,” says
Marshall Curry, whose documentary, Street Fight, won the Audience Award at Tribeca,
and went on to be nominated for an Oscar(r). “Like a lot of documentary filmmakers,
I appreciate everything Tribeca has done for me and the filmmaking community.”
Two of the selections received an award and/or critical praise at the 2008 Tribeca
Film Festival: James Marsh’s Man on Wire had its New York premiere at TFF and Gini
Reticker’s Pray the Devil Back to Hell world premiered at 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
and took home the Best Documentary Award.
Submissions for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund offering finishing funds of
$100,000 for 2009 are currently open.