These Cool Things Just Happened

It's about to wind down, but so much is still happening!  


First, the Audience Awards were just announced.  Here's the list:

Audience Award Winners for Tribeca Festival 2022, presented by OKX were decided by TF audiences voting for their picks online and in person, include three categories— Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Feature and Best Online Premiere.

First Place: Our Father, the Devil - Directed by Ellie Foumbi
Marie Cissé’s (Babetida Sadjo) troubled past comes calling with the arrival of Father Patrick (Souléymane Sy Savané), an African priest whom she recognizes from a terrifying episode in her homeland.

Second Place: Wes Schlagenhauf Is Dying - Directed by Parker Seaman
A personalized video message to a coworker who contracted COVID, ignites an artistic fire in two aspiring directors, inspiring them to take a cross-country road trip to visit their sick friend. Available on Tribeca at Home

First Place: The Cave of Adullam - Directed by Laura Checkoway
A heartwarming look at Detroit martial arts teacher Jason Wilson, who mentors young Black boys, giving them rare and invaluable experience of being seen and cared for as the vulnerable beings they are.

Second Place: Lift - Directed by David Peterson New York Theatre Ballet’s Project LIFT program has been offering scholarships to homeless, home insecure and at-risk children, exposing them to the beauty and discipline of ballet, often for the first time while helping them develop talent they never knew they had. Available on Tribeca at Home.

First Place: Cherry - Directed by Sophia Galibert
A driftless and uncommitted 25-year-old in Los Angeles discovers she has only 24 hours to make one of the most consequential decisions of her life, what to do about an unplanned pregnancy. Available on Tribeca at Home

Second Place: In Her Name - Directed by Sarah Carter
Frustrated, aspiring artist Freya has to put her career on hold to care for her formerly famous artist dad. When her estranged, well-heeled sister Fiona shows up, the sisters grapple with the impending demise of their father, reigniting their sibling rivalry. Available on Tribeca at Home.



Now, yesterday the center of Universe seemed to be at Village East cinemas where there was absolutely a sold-out show of shorts in celebration of Juneteenth.  When I write powerful, that barely describes it. The whoops and cheers in the audience were truly electric! The creativity and inspiration on the screen were like lightning. Standouts included "Paint & Pitchfork" about two fine artists, their philosophies, and the behind-the-scenes of painting Barack and Michelle Obama, respectively.  "Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices From A Plantation Prison" takes us inside the making of a performance from a powerful actress who ends up "activating" hundreds of prisoners as she creatively explains to them how they are part of a multi-billion dollar economy as prisoners and how imperative it is to get out and stay out. So brilliant and funny!!  See all the descriptions here.  So cute to see so many of the filmmakers with their interview subjects taking tons and tons of photos just outside of the theater afterward.

I managed to catch the last of three screenings of the docu on Venus and Serena's dad, "On The Line: The Richard Williams Story."  Do yourself a favor and watch for where this will pop up. The team is in talks for distribution now. I said hello to the director, Stuart McClave who I had an opportunity to interview on camera here for the hot NFT film site He is so down-to-earth and super warm.  Stuart and this pic are definitely ones to watch!! 

By the way, if you are checking this out via Tribeca At Home, don't miss a foreign narrative called "Nude Tuesday." This New Zealand/Australian offering is an odd tweet about a couple's road to, well, unconscious uncoupling.  Clever humor! 

Running now to catch the last couple of events and screenings. Final tomorrow! Don't miss it! 


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