The Tribeca Film Institute announced the recipients of its 2008 Media Arts Fellowships yesterday at their cocktail gala. Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, many artists may better recognize the granting organization name Renew Media, which no longer reads in the announcements because it joined the Film Institute earlier in the year.
I attended the reception yesterday, not only because the program awarded $715,000 to film makers and media artists, but because this year I had the pleasure of being a panelist. This year’s new media grantees include Sharon Daniel, Joe Davis, Josh On, C.E.B. Reas, Michael Rees, and Paul Vanouse. Film and video fellows are Julianna Brannum, Andrew Bujalski, Daniel Carrera, Cherien Dabis, Jacqueline Goss, Judith Helfand, Braden King, Billy Luther, Shirin Neshat, Hugo Perez, Laura Poitras, Dee Rees, Jennifer Reeves, Naomi Uman, Lauren Woods, and Jessica Yu.
On a more personal note, I’d like to thank the Tribeca Film Institute for providing such good lunches while we deliberated over the grantees. As someone who undoubtedly does think better with a pastry in hand, i’m happy to report that the review process was never hindered by a lack of sugar intake.