The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. The Festival has screened over 1400 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4 million attendees and has generated an estimated $750 million in economic activity for New York City.

2013 Art Awards

Every year, world-renowned artists create awards presented to select winning filmmakers at the Tribeca Film Festival. We honor these artists' contribution with a special exhibit, free and open to the public throughout the Festival. The work is on view At the New York Academy of Art, April 3 – 24.

Best Narrative Short

Study: Northern City Renaissance, Mauve Dawn (Mass MoCA #79-R)
2012
Polished Mixed Media on Panel
Courtesy of the artist
10" x 15"

Stephen Hannock is an American Luminist painter known for his atmospheric nocturnes, which often incorporate text inscriptions that relate to family, friends or the events of daily life. He has a uniqueappreciation for contemporary storytelling within the painting medium.His inventive machine polishing of the surfaces of his paintings gives acharacteristic luminous quality to his work. His design of visual effects for the 1998 film What Dreams May Come garnered him an Academy Award®. His works appear in collections worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Hannock recently received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Bowdoin College and is represented by the Marlborough Gallery.

Tribeca All Access® Creative Promise Award: Documentary

Sardines
2012
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist
16" x 20"

David Kratz is a painter who lives and works in New York City. He works primarily in oils and focuses on figurative art, seeking to capture the immediacy of small moments in life through gestural brushwork and an evocative use of light. Kratz is a graduate of the New York Academy of Art and has served as the school's president since 2009. As a member of the school's critique panel, Kratz has curated multiple exhibitions, including Take Home a Nude at Sotheby's New York, Water / Bodies and Uncovered at the Eden Rock Gallery in St. Barth's and I've Got a Secret at The Forbes Galleries in New York. Prior to his current role at the Academy, Kratz headed Magnet Communications, a public relations firm that he founded in 1984 and developed into one of the nation's leading lifestyle public relations and marketing agencies.

Best Online Feature

Blk. Candy Series 5
2013
Acrylic on Canvas
Courtesy of the artist
36" x 42"

Curtis Kulig was born in North Dakota in 1981. At age 12, he began screenprinting in his father's shop, laying the foundation for his work as an artist. Today he lives and works in New York City, where his signature work—"Love Me"—is fast becoming an icon. Kulig's two-word statement can be seen on canvases, sculptures, rooftops, billboards and products in cities throughout the world. His ability to blur the line between typography and iconography has made him a fast-rising star in both art circles and the commercial sphere, allowing him to shift contexts while maintaining his simple message.

Best Documentary
Feature

Harley Before the White Prom, Vidalia, Georgia
2009
Chromogenic Print
Courtesy of the artist
20" x 24"

Gillian Laub was born in Chappaqua, New York, in 1975 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a degree in comparative literature. She studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York, where her love of storytelling and family narratives originated. She was selected for World Press Photo's Joop Swart Masterclass in 2003 and won Nikon's Storyteller Award for her photographs of the Middle East. With the support of The Jerome Foundation, Testimony, her first monograph, was published by Aperture in 2007 to critical acclaim. That same year Laub received Aperture's Emerging Artist Award. She contributes regularly to such publications as The New York Times Magazine and TIME. Represented by the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York, Laub is currently working on a project centered on the American South.

Best New Documentary Director

Untitled (#5), From the Men in the Cities Photo Portfolio,
2012
Polished Mixed Media on Panel
Courtesy of the artist
10" x 15"

Robert Longo is a highly accomplished visual artist widely known for his large-scale works in various media. Longo has exhibited his creations at museums throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, and his works are on display in numerous major museums and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Tate in London. He has also been included in Documenta, the Venice Biennial and the Whitney Biennial. In 2005, he received the Goslar Award for Modern Art, the Kaiserring. Longo is also a member and co-founder of the art-rock band The X-Patsys, for which he plays the electric guitar alongside his wife, the legendary Fassbinder actress Barbara Sukowa (vocals), and artist Jon Kessler (guitar). He is represented by Metro Pictures, New York; Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf; and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg. Robert Longo lives and works in New York with his wife and three sons.

Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature

Two Voices #1
2004
Oil on paper
Courtesy of the artist
32" x 44"

Angelina Nasso, a painter born in Sydney, Australia, graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a BFA in painting. She has also attended courses at the China National Academy of Art, San Francisco Art Institute and East Sydney College. Nasso's work has been exhibited by such esteemed galleries as Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York and Seattle, the Stefan Stux Gallery in New York, the Robert McClain Gallery in Houston and the Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta. She has also participated in group exhibitions at the Williams Tower Gallery of Houston, the Sara Meltzer Gallery in New York, Raison d'Art Galerie d'art contemporain in Lille, France, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Nasso's work has been reviewed by The New York Times, New York Art World, New York Arts Magazine and ArtsHouston Magazine. She is scheduled to open a new solo exhibition with Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, in April 2013.

Best New Narrative Director

New Elands Bay
2012
Acrylic paint on canvas
Courtesy of the artist
30 " x 38"

Erik Parker, born in Stuttgart, Germany, received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from SUNY-Purchase. Parker has been the recipient of such distinguished awards as the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant and the Purchase College 25th Anniversary Scholarship. He has enjoyed solo exhibitions at a number of notable galleries: the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; de Appel in Amsterdam; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Colette in Paris; Honor Fraser in Los Angeles; and the Taka Ishii Gallery in Tokyo. Parker has also participated in many group exhibitions at such venues as the Bronx Museum, New York; Patricia Low Contemporary in Gstaad, St. Moritz; Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt, Germany; and the Faurschou Foundation in Copenhagen, Denmark. Parker lives and works in Brooklyn.

Tribeca All Access® Creative Promise Award: Narrative

Diary in Red and Bronze
2012
acrylic, ink, oil and plaster on canvas
Courtesy of the artist
24" x 18"

José Parlá, born in Miami, Florida, in 1973, studied painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and New World School of the Arts in Miami. His works have appeared in major international solo and group exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, Miami, Hong Kong and Beijing. In 2012, he completed the permanent large-scale painting Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the new BAM Fisher Theatre. His public mural Diary of Brooklyn, commissioned by the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, was unveiled in January 2013. Recently, Parlá launched a new solo exhibition, Broken Language, at London's Haunch of Venison gallery and participated in a panel discussion titled Writers and Writers: Narrative on the Page and in the Street at MoMA. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

Heineken Audience Award

Where's Joey
2013
Charcoal and pastel on paper
Courtesy of the artist
29 1/4" x 21 11/16"

Joyce Pensato, who attended the New York Studio School, lives and works in Brooklyn. Pensato has exhibited widely at such prestigious venues as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Speed Art Museum in Louisville and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her work is also included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Frac des Pays de la Loire in France. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and the Anonymous Was A Woman Award. In June 2013 she is to receive her first solo survey exhibition, curated by Jeffrey Uslip, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

Storyscapes

Studyfor Austin Courthouse
2010
Archival Pigment Print
Courtesy of the artist
43 " x 41 1/2" (framed size)

Clifford Ross began his career as a painter and sculptor after graduating from Yale in 1974 with a degree in both art and art history. In 1995, he turned his attention toward photography and other media. Ross invented and patented the "R1" camera in 2002 and made some of the highest resolution large-scale landscapes in the world. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. He is represented by the Sonnabend Gallery, New York. In 2009, a ten-year survey of his photographic work was exhibited at the Austin Museum of Art and an exhibition of his Mountain and Hurricane series opened at the MADRE/Museo Archeologico in Naples, Italy. Among other projects, a survey exhibition is scheduled for the Museum of Image and Sound in São Paulo, Brazil. His current work includes a stained glass wall for the federal courthouse in Austin, Texas; Harmonium Mountain, an animated, computer-generated landscape video with an original score by Philip Glass and Wu Tong; and an exhibition with Pan Gongkai at the Today Art Museum, Beijing.

Best Documentary Short

Psycho
2008
Pigment Print
Courtesy of the artist
30" x 24"

William Wegman, born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, December 2, 1943, received a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1965 and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1967. Wegman's photographs, videotapes, paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. Working with his cast of Weimaraners, Wegman has also created projects for Saturday Night Live, Nickelodeon and Sesame Street, where his videos have appeared regularly since 1989. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman and, most recently, The Colbert Report. Wegman has been commissioned to create works for a diverse range of projects, including a guidebook for MoMA, a line of fabrics for Crypton, a season brochure for the Metropolitan Opera and an anniversary cover for The New Yorker. Wegman is also the author of numerous books for children, including New York Times bestseller Puppies. He currently lives in New York and Maine.

Student Visionary Award

Platonic Haircut
2012
Glass Collage
Courtesy of the artist
16" x 16" x 4'

Dustin Yellin, born in Los Angeles, July 22, 1975, has been exhibiting art worldwide in solo and group exhibitions since 2001, and his work is on display in numerous international private and public collections. In early 2012, Yellin founded The Intercourse, an art center and exhibition space located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where Yellin resides. The Intercourse houses an artist-in-residency program, an exhibition space, sculpture garden and a class and lecture series.

Festival Programmers

Geoffrey Gilmore

Chief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises

Geoffrey Gilmore joined Tribeca Enterprises in 2009 as Chief Creative Officer. He is responsible for Tribeca's global content strategy and leads creative development initiatives and expansion of the brand. Gilmore has also joined the Board of Directors of Tribeca Enterprises. He came to Tribeca from the Sundance Institute, where he served as the Director of the Sundance Film Festival. He was responsible for film selection and the overall direction of programming from 1990 through 2009. In addition, Gilmore was a consultant for the Sundance Channel and also served as consultant to the Sundance Cinemas. He directed the Sundance Institute's Annual Independent Producers Conference for 18 years and worked with the Institute on numerous international and national projects and symposia. For 14 years, he served as head of the UCLA Film & Television Archive's programming.


Frédéric Boyer

Artistic Director, Tribeca Film Festival

Frédéric Boyer joined Tribeca in 2012 as Artistic Director. He previously served as Artistic Director and Head of Programming for the Directors’ Fortnight since 2009. From 2004-2008, he was head of its Film Selection Committee. He is the Artistic Director for Les Arcs European Film Festival at Les Arcs ski resort in the Alps. Before joining the Directors’ Fortnight, he created and managed Videosphere, a renowned video store in Paris with a library of some 60,000 titles, including a wide range of arthouse films.


Genna Terranova

Director of Programming

Movies are my favorite form of storytelling. Having the power to transport me to another place—whether I am ready for it or not—they range from a sweet escape to a sobering wake-up call. Before joining Tribeca, I worked for several years as a film acquisitions executive and watched movies at festivals around the world to determine what I believed audiences would want to see and what would thrive in the marketplace—an alchemic decision-making process that may never fully be mastered. Since festival programming allows for more range and diversity, and no less of a discerning eye, my own eclectic tastes can be entertained. Although my programming choices are made in an equally intellectual and intuitive way, it’s hard not to yield to my old sentiments—I like what works and moves me. However, in the end, the filmmakers are the true tastemakers, and I just try to sit back, enjoy the ride, and steer the good ones your way.


Sharon Badal

Head of Shorts Programming

I’ve been with Tribeca since the Festival’s inception, and many thousands of short films later, I remain excited by this unique art form. I silently plead with each film to “tell me a story” because in the end, that’s what it’s about. Programming is gold-mining - sifting through the submissions to discover those brilliant nuggets with new filmmaking talent, unusual stories, and an invitation into a world that I haven’t seen before in exactly the same way. The solitary experience of watching the submissions leading to the communal experience of screening the programs with an audience is a journey that never ceases to amaze me. It fosters my belief in both the human connection and the power of film. I have worked in the film industry my entire life, starting at age 14 as an usher in my father’s movie theatre. So many years later, I still love being part of this creative universe, especially programming the Tribeca Film Festival.


Cara Cusumano

Programmer

My first job in film, like so many other eager but not-yet-qualified young film nerds, involved wearing a bowtie and tearing tickets at a 99-cent second-run movie theater in my hometown. Somehow, I made it from there to here, and it was an honor to serve on the Tribeca Film Festival programming team for my fourth year. I am in awe of the hundreds of talented filmmakers whose work I screened. These filmmakers have put their passion in the hands of the Festival, and it is the programmers' responsibility to be just as passionate, to advocate for those films that demand to be seen, and to work together to make sure audiences are getting access to the finest, freshest, most visionary voices representative of the breadth of works considered. The result of this collaboration is an exceptional program that I am honored to have had a part in shaping. A decade after my summer at the 99-cent theater and I'm still essentially in the same place, standing between the films and the audiences, hoping you enjoy the show.



Photo credit: Kyle Goldman

Jon Gartenberg

Programmer, Experimental Films

I have programmed the experimental, independent, and avant-garde films and videos for Tribeca since 2003. These films are integrated into the various sections of the Festival, enabling such cutting-edge works to be appreciated by a general audience. A number of these films have won prizes at Tribeca. My varied career as a film archivist, distributor, and programmer extends back several decades. I formerly worked as a curator in The Museum of Modern Art, acquired avant-garde movies for the permanent collection of the Department of Film, and restored the films of Andy Warhol. Currently, my company, Gartenberg Media Enterprises, distributes experimental films on DVD and licenses clips from these films for documentaries. I advise cutting-edge filmmakers on the economics of experimental film distribution and exhibition, and I have recently published an article (“The Fragile Emotion”) about this in the book Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution.


Ashley Havey

Associate Programmer

Whether 50 minutes or 150 minutes, from horror to satire, each film has something unique to offer to its audience. I want to thank all the filmmakers who submit to Tribeca each year for having the courage and tenacity to share those stories with us, and for opening our eyes to different perspectives, ideas, and worlds. I am a better person for watching your films, and I look forward to giving others that same opportunity.


Ian Hollander

Associate Programmer

Growing up in northern Michigan, I was fortunate to live in the one town with a cinema that showed movies outside of the mainstream—foreign and indie fare was the norm. Despite my geographic isolation, I was treated weekly to new perspectives from around the globe. Film, perhaps more than any other medium, has the ability to transport you to an entirely unfamiliar milieu and to let you see the world through another set of eyes. The Festival experience takes this transportive power and amplifies it, bringing together a staggering array of voices for an 11-day stretch. As programmers, we are charged with condensing a pool of thousands of submissions, each of which represent years of effort on the part of the filmmakers, into a select few-a truly humbling task. In my third year on the programming team, it's been an honor to help seek out fresh voices in film and take part in the impassioned debates that shaped this year's slate.


Ben Thompson

Shorts Programmer

Growing up as a lad in the seedy London underworld I’ve always seen myself as a bit of an underdog, fighting my way up the ladder for recognition and respect. Ever since I watched my first sho3rt film for Tribeca back in 2003, I can’t help but see shorts in the same way. Although they seldom bring about the buzz of a hip new indie feature or the hype and glamour of a Hollywood blockbuster, the best ones are crammed with just as much talent and creativity, and despite being vertically challenged, can pack one hell of a punch. For many, shorts films are the springboards for filmmakers to develop and refine their craft while exploring and experimenting with new ideas. To me though they will always be the little guys, the underdogs, in the back alleys and behind the scenes fighting their way to the top, and that is the reason why I love watching them.