By Bryce J. Renninger | iW NOW June 2, 2010 at 6:50AM
Seven films in production have been chosen to receive a total of $100,000 from the Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci. The fund provides finishing funds to domestic and international documentary filmmakers with feature-length projects that focus on important social issues with immediate and historical significance.
Commenting on the award, jury member Simon Kilmurry noted, "The Gucci Fund is bravely supporting some of the most compelling and important documentaries being made today. These films all bear the hallmarks of excellence in storytelling and urgency of issue. Whether they are from home or from around the world, these films put a human face on the issues through the artistry of some of our finest documentary filmmakers.”
The seven recipients of the 2010 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund (with descriptions provided by the Tribeca Film Institute) are:
"African Deep," Directed and Produced by Rachel Boynton. – (USA) A riveting adventure about the heated quest for oil in the deep waters off West Africa’s coast.
"Donor 150," Directed by Jerry Rothwell. Produced by Hilary Durman and Al Morrow. – (UK) A twenty-first century tale of identity and genetic inheritance and perhaps the family of the future.
"The Mosou Sisters," Directed and Produced by Marlo Poras & Yu Ying Wu Chou. – (USA) Follows two spirited daughters from China’s last remaining matriarchal society who are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose the only jobs they’ve ever known.
"Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba Story," Directed by Tom Reilly. Produced by Ben W. Nabors. – (USA) A film that tells the story of Kamkwamba, who built a windmill that powered his village and changed his life, using imagination and ingenuity to inspire a family, a village, and a nation.
"The Redemption of General Butt Naked," Directed and Produced by Daniele Anastasion and Eric Strauss. – (USA) The incredible true story of Joshua Milton Blahyi, a brutal African warlord turned Christian evangelist.
"The Warlord’s Wife," Directed by Victoria Stevenson, Produced by Nicole Stott. – (UK) The story of Emma McCune who travelled to Africa as an aid worker, fueled by humanitarian ideals, yet at the time of her death she was married to a Sudanese warlord, stood accused of trading oil for arms, was a suspected spy, and a marked woman.
"Welcome to Shelbyville," Directed and Produced by Kim Snyder, Co-Produced by Gywn Welles. – (USA) A glimpse of America at a crossroads. Set in America's rural south on the eve of the 2008 Presidential election, a town deals with issues of immigrant integration and reckons with its segregated past.