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2008 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Best Doc Award Winners

By May 2, 2008

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The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival announces the winners in its competitive categories, including cash prizes for documentary features and shorts.

The winner of this year’s world competition documentary feature award is Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about how the women of Liberia brought peace to their war-torn country. Director Gini Reticker wins $25,000 in cash and an art award, “Liza Minelli,” created by Timothy White.

The Best New Documentary Filmmaker category award goes to Old Man Bebo, about 90-year-old Bebo Valdes, one of Cuba’s greatest living musicians. Director Carlos Carcas (Spain) receives $25,000 cash, and the art award “Maquette for Primary Compass,” created by Don Gummer.

In the New York LOVES Film category, the winner is Zoned In, directed by Daniela Zanzotto (USA, UK), who wins $5,000 in cash and the art award “Table Odeon,” created by Donna Ferrato. The feature-length film follows 16-year-old Daniel during nine years of his life, as he transfers from a Bronx high school to a prestigious Ivy League university, and explores how race and class influence opportunity in the American education system.

Special Mention in the New York LOVES Film category goes to director Douglas Keeve (USA) for “Hotel Gramercy Park, about the dramatic doings surrounding conversion of the infamous hotel--an infamous drug den that catered to David Bowie, Blondie and other high livers--into a chic Ian Schrager boutique property.

The award for Best Documentary Short is awarded to Mandatory Service, directed by Jessica Habie, who wins $5,000 cash and the art award “The Screamer,” created by John Alexander. The film reveals the empathy Israelis have for Palestinians in the ongoing conflicts.

The winner of the Cadillac Award, the audience choice award that can be given to a documentary or a narrative feature film, will be announced on WNBC-TV on May 3 at 7:30 pm, during a special that will also show highlights from the awards ceremony. The Cadillac Award prize consists of $25,000 in cash, an art award of “peripheral Drift Illusion” and trophy created by Cadillac.

Read the festival's press release.

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