Pinoy docu garners 2 honours in Tribeca
Filipino documentary Give Up Tomorrow earned the Heineken Audience Award and Special Jury Mention at the just concluded 10th Tribeca Film Festival, an annual major New York City event co-founded by the legendary Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro. Give Up Tomorrow, which takes a look at the conviction of Paco Larrañaga, is helmed by American director Michael Collins and produced by Filipino Marty Syjuco.
The docu, under Thoughtful Robot Productions, was one of 12 entries vying in the World Documentary Competition Features category. Give Up Tomorrow was one of the most-talked about entries this year, drawing a huge crowd, including De Niro himself, that many thought it had strong chances of bagging the top prize in the World Documentary category.
Actor Michael Cerra (Juno, Superbad) and Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg were among the jurors.
The top honors for World Documentary were awarded Thursday (April 28) to Bombay Beach, with Pablo Croce winning the New Documentary Director for Like Water.