By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 4, 2011 at 6:08AM
The Tribeca Film Institute announces the first-ever grant recipients of the new Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund. Six projects have each been awarded between $50-$100,000, and will participate in a three-day workshop run by Crossover Labs, to help their projects find their audiences. Recipients include The Interrupters' web campaign and The Tillman Story Interactive Edition.
Through its partnership with the Ford Foundation's JustFilms initiative, TFI's New Media Fund supports non-fiction films that "go beyond traditional screens, integrating film with content across newer media platforms, from social media to mobile devices to games. All projects activate audiences around issues of contemporary social justice and equality."
Recipients of the grants and details on the jury are below:
18 Days of Egypt
Key Participants: Jigar Mehta, Yasmin Elayat, Jon Else, Hugo Soskin
Description: A collaborative, interactive documentary project about the Egyptian Revolution, 18 Days in Egypt uses the massive amount of media — millions of videos, photos, e-mails and tweets — created by witnesses to tell the story of Revolution, moment by moment.
Map Your World
Key Participants: Maren Grainger-Monsen, Nicole Newnham, Matt Berg, Emily Coven, Amlan Ganguly, Emily Ozner, Eric Rodenbeck
Description: Map Your World is a multi-platform project that puts the power of new technologies into the hands of young change agents, enabling them to map, track, and improve the health of their own communities — and then share their stories of change with each other and with the world.
Key Participants: Steve James, Sonya Childress, Alex Kotlowitz, Lawrence Seals, Kounterattack Designs
Description: The heart of The Interrupters web campaign, building on the momentum of the feature documentary by the same name, is a collection of powerfully moving stories of “violence interrupters” who protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed. Through interactive web stories and an interactive digital “shrine” to victims, visitors grapple with personal, social and economic forces that contribute to the violence that plagues our cities.
Key Participants: Henrik Grunnet, Nagieb Khaja, Lise Linse-Moller
Description: Thirty civilian Afghans in Helmand Province have been trained in filming with mobile phones with HD video in no-man’s land between Taliban and The Allied Forces. Their daily life in the shadow of the war will be edited and uploaded over the course of a year with new stories coming out on a regular basis.
Key Participants: FilmAid International
Description: The Dadaab refugee camp, with more than 450,000 refugees already and more arriving every day, lies at the heart of the Somali famine crisis. The people who live there have remarkable stories to tell — they just need a place to share them.
The Tillman Story Interactive Edition
Key Participants: Amir Bar-Lev, Jennifer Bleyer, Ben Moskowitz, Ted Han
Description: The Tillman Story Interactive Edition is a groundbreaking website that allows audiences to actively participate in the acclaimed 2010 documentary The Tillman Story while viewing it; exploring incendiary outtakes and documents, keeping track of recent developments; and helping bring justice and accountability in the Tillman case.
The recipients were chosen from a jury of Andy Berndt (Vice President of Google Creative Lab), Caitlin Burns (Producer and Editor Starlight Runner Entertainment), Idit Harel Caperton (psychologist and epistemologist, Founder of World Wide Workshop and MaMaMedia), John Johnson (Founder of The Harmony Institute, EYEBEAM and BuzzFeed.com), Aaron Koblin (Creative Director of the Data Arts Team at Google Creative Lab), Michael Levine (Executive Director of The Joan Ganz Cooney Center leading research in educational technologies for children), Jason Liebman (CEO of HowCast), director/filmmaker Laura Poitras (The Oath, My Country, My Country), Marc Schiller (CEO and Founder of Electric Artists), editor and director Sam Pollard (Slavery By Another Name, When the Levees Broke) and Nancy Abraham (Senior Vice President of HBO Documentary Films).