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Tribeca Institute's All Access Grants for 2012
by Austin Dale

The Tribeca Film Institute has awarded its annual grants of $15,000 to ten films through its Tribeca All Access program, most notably Ondi Timoner's "Mapplethorpe." Timoner, the only filmmaker to twice win Sundance's Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, will make the transition to narrative film with the project. James Franco has signed on to play the controversial gay photographer.

Other notable projects include an untitled documentary about the world's fascination with gold, directed by "Chop Shop" filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, Liliana Greenfield-Sanders' "Bypass," a modern-day Frankenstein retelling, Lee Isaac Chung's "Abigail Harm," and "The New Black," a documentary on the links between the civil rights and LGBT movements.

I Believe In Unicorns Written and Directed by Leah Meyerhoff, Executive Produced by Allison Anders, Produced by Heather Rae and Mark G. Mathis, and Co-Produced by Kwesi Collisson - A troubled teenage girl runs away with an older boy only to discover that their new life together is even more dysfunctional than the home she left behind.

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