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Peep the 6 films selected by this year’s Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

It’s hard for documentary filmmakers, let alone female documentary filmmakers to get funding for projects. For 11 years the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, however, has sought to change this narrative.

With the support of the Oath Foundation, the grantees of the fund will receive production and post-production finances, in addition to year-round guidance from the Tribeca Film Institute.

The Oath Foundation selects two projects to distribute, in the hope that with maximum reach, these projects will catalyze social change. Here is the list of the 2018 grant recipients.

Rachel Lears

Based in Brooklyn, Rachel Lears is a filmmaker, writer and musician.

She holds a PhD in cultural anthropology, an MA in ethnomusicology and a Graduate Certificate in Culture and Media from New York University, and a BA in music from Yale University. In between projects, Lears works as a cinematographer, director/ producer, and consultant.

Her first feature, Birds of Passage, offers an intimate look of the Uruguayan music culture by following the lives of two Uruguayan songwriters, Ernesto and Yisela.

Lear’s other documentary, The Hand That Feeds centers around the struggle and resistance of a group of undocumented immigrant food service workers who rise up to demand better working conditions and wages at a New York restaurant chain-owned
by powerful investors.

Film: Knock Down The House

Lear’s latest documentary, Knock Down the House follows the stories of four insurgent first-time women candidates running for Congress.

Challenging their respective incumbents, as well as a political system riddled with corporate corruption, each of these women take matters into their own hands, starting political campaigns with a vehement resolve to create fundamental change.

Hnin Ei Hlaing (Snow)

Snow studied at the Yangon Film School in Myanmar and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

She works as a director, producer, editor and sound recordist.


Film: Midwives

Against the political backdrop of Muslim persecution and the ethnic divide in Myanmar, Snow’s powerful documentary centers on the lives of two midwives, one Buddhist and one Muslim who work together in a makeshift medical clinic.

Marialuisa Ernst

Marialuisa Ernst is an award-winning South-American filmmaker and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York.

After earning a BA in film at the University of Bolivia, Ernst went on to train as an interdisciplinary artist at the University of Arts, Sciences and Communications in Santiago, Chile.

Over the course of her 20-year long career, Ernst has exhibited her work at over 30 international film festivals.

A Place of Absence

Film: A Place of Absence

A Place of Absence combines a variety of documentary styles from cinema vérité, personal essay, as well as moments of lyrical performance.

The narrative follows a  group of Central-American women who undertake an epic bus journey throughout Mexico in search for their children who have disappeared on their journey’s to the U.S.

As the film unfolds, Ernst draws parallels with her own family’s experience with her uncle’s disappearance under Argentina’s military dictatorship (1976 – 1983).

Jennifer Redfearn

Jennifer Redfearn is an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker.

Her film Sun Come Up that portrayed the displacement of a small island community as a result of rising sea levels. It was screened in theaters across the U.S., including the IFC Center in New York and the Sundance Cinema in West Hollywood.

In addition, Redfearn has directed and produced television documentaries for PBS, CNN, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and the BBC.


Film: Reentry (Working Title)

The state of Ohio, like many states across the U.S., is combatting the opioid crisis and high incarceration rates for women.

Redfearn’s latest documentary follows the stories of three women as they prepare to leave prison, attempt to rebuild their lives and return to their local communities after serving time for drug-related charges.

Cecilia Aldarondo

Cecilia Aldarondo is a New York-based filmmaker and critic, who holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, and a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota. She is Assistant Professor of Film at Skidmore College.

Cecilia Aldarondo’s feature documentary, Memories of a Penitent, is a riveting family drama riddled with secrets and mystery surrounding the death of the filmmaker’s uncle. The documentary debuted at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

Film: Untitled Puerto Rico Documentary

Her latest feature documentary explores life in the aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico.

Deirdre Fishel

Fishel is a producer/director of documentaries and dramas that have premiered in competition at Sundance, SXSW, AFI, and Full Frame and been broadcast in 35 countries worldwide.

For 25 years, Fishel has been writing and directing dramas and documentaries that align with her mission to create work that challenges mainstream stereotypes and offer realistic, complex, and nuanced stories that center around the lives of women.

Her most recent documentary CARE, which looks at the poignant but hidden world of home elder care. In 2000, Fishel founded the production company, Minds Eye Productions. Fishel is the Director of the BFA program in Film/Video at City College.

Women in Blue

Film: Women in Blue

In the wake of a high-profile police shooting of a white woman, the female police chief of the Minneapolis Police Department is forced to resign.

Unable to carry on her reformist agenda, three women police officers continue to carry out the former chief’s mission and the fight to transform the MPD and restore community trust.

Exploring the relationship between power, gender, and violence in an urban police department, Fishel’s documentary offers a rare look at a police department through the eyes of women.

First ever Tom Brady docu-series will show what life is really like for the GOAT

Tom Brady is one of the best football players of all-time. Tom Brady is also as interesting as a slice of stale toast. Brady embodies the New England Patriots myopic pursuit of winning, it’s what makes him so damn good, and so damn boring.

But a new docu-series, produced by Facebook’s video platform Facebook Watch, entitled Tom vs. Time, may reveal more about the man that has become the standard of 21st century footballing excellence.

Brady said in a statement about Tom vs. Time that he sees the series as an opportunity to show an unfettered and previously unseen depiction of his life and personality:

“I have thought for many years how cool it would be to show fans other aspects of my life and interact with them in a different way. I have been a part of features in magazines, newspapers and TV shows, but I’ve never tried anything like what we decided to do with this docu-series… I think we captured something special in this and I am proud of the entire team of people who worked hard to make it happen. The docu-series is intimate, in-depth and more personal than anything I’ve released on my social channels, so I think it will be a great way of extending my reach to people on Facebook Watch.”

The filmmaker Gotham Chopra, son of Deepak Chopra, shot the series for Facebook Watch and told The New York Times that over time Brady opened up while filming:

“Tom is not a sentimental guy, necessarily. But I do think, as we talked, he was sort of discovering parts of himself. It’s like therapy. It’s the process of saying it and giving voice to it.”

The Times reports that Brady does indeed appear to be rather sentimental in the series, saying in one episode that sports functions as a vehicle to understand the “whys in life”:

“I do want to know the whys in life. I do want to know why we’re here, where we’re going; trying to find that deeper purpose. To live it, through sports in a very authentic way, makes so much sense to me.”

It’s unclear what any of that means, but Tom vs. Time definitely seems like a new opportunity for any Tom Brady fans to see another side of the quarterback.

The series documents Brady’s home life with extensive interviews with Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, and The Times described one scene with Brady and his kids:

“The sequence of the Brady children singing along to Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’ while dad drives home from the stadium after a November win over Miami is, to use the artistic term, rather precious.”

The timing of the series is especially interesting after ESPN’s Seth Wickersham published a massive story last week reporting a growing rift within the Patriots inner-circle of Brady, Bill Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft.

Much of the tension in the Patriots organization is reportedly caused over Brady’s personal trainer and serious weirdo Alex Guerrero, who once claimed he could cure cancer.

Guerrero is apparently a recurring character in the series. Bill Belichick, unsurprisingly, is not. It’ll be interesting to see if Tom vs. Time does address the recent controversy surrounding the Patriots.

As of now there is no release date set on the series, which will drop after the Patriots season.

Kevin Durant just dropped a new doc on YouTube, here’s 5 takeaways

Kevin Durant released Still KD: Through the Noise Tuesday, a 35-minute film that gives viewers an in-depth look into the superstar’s life off the court and his championship run with the Golden State Warriors.

KD endured a ton of hate last season following his decision to join the winningest regular season team of all time. But he was able to quiet some of the critics after capturing the title and the Finals MVP, proving he was the best player on the league’s best team.

In the video, which was filmed in collaboration with Nike, Durant provides some insight into his mindset and the steps he took to become one of the best high school and college basketball players in the country.

Here are five things we learned from KD’s documentary:

KD doesn’t want to talk about his decision to leave OKC anymore

Outside of a few highlights from his time with the Thunder, there isn’t any mention of the 2012 Finals loss or the time he spent with Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

He conspicuously left OKC out of the film and didn’t discuss his reason for choosing Golden State in free agency. Weird.

KD has been shooting in the gym

Man, Durant puts in that work. For years, he has been widely respected for being one of the hardest workers in the NBA.

In the vlog, his dedication to the game shines through and it is clear Durant has poured blood, sweat, and tears into his career.

Steve Nash has had a huge impact on Durant during his time with the Warriors

I thought that Nash was a player development coach who acted more as a consultant than a trainer who spends hours in the gym.

But in the video, Nash is shown helping Durant rehab from his knee injury midseason and working on those yoga/basketball moves the two-time MVP perfected as a Phoenix Sun.

Durant has immersed himself in the community

Dating back to his time in OKC, Durant has always played a philanthropic role in the city he played in.

Durant donated a large sum of money to build a number of basketball courts in an underserved Oakland neighborhood.

During a press conference, Durant talks about the role that basketball played in his life, teaching him the importance of teamwork and leadership.

Durant quickly acclimated himself to the Warriors culture

Though Durant wasn’t around for the Dubs’ meltdown in the 2016 Finals, he said he felt the team’s collective pain after they lost a Christmas Day showdown versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Towards the end of the video, Durant is seen hyping up Ian Clarke and Pat McCaw, two players with lesser roles on the team.

I still miss the old KD, but this new version might not be so bad.