AT&T* and Tribeca announced the finalists and Greenlight Committee for the fourth ‘AT&T Presents: Untold Stories,’ an initiative created to help give the world access to stories from underrepresented filmmakers. This year’s winning filmmaker will receive $1 million and mentorship to develop their idea into a full-length feature film; plus a guaranteed slot at the 2022 Tribeca Festival, and for the first time, distribution on HBO Max to ensure their story is seen and heard.
The five finalists for the 2021 ‘AT&T Presents: Untold Stories’ are:
- Carlton Daniel Jr. – “Homegoing”
- Clarissa de los Reyes – “Johnny Loves Dolores”
- Nardeep Khurmi – “Land of Gold”
- Gabriella A. Moses – “Leche”
- Tony Koros – “Neon Tilapia”
“After the past year and recent events, access to diverse narratives is more urgent than ever,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Festival. “This program is truly life changing – not only highlighting the emerging talent in underrepresented communities, but also spotlighting their unique stories that offer different perspectives that we hope will help educate and affect change in the industry. We are proud of this collaboration with AT&T and cannot wait to celebrate this year’s finalists.”
“The mission of AT&T Presents: Untold Stories is simple: to take these wonderfully personal, funny, thrilling, and relatable stories from un-told to told,” said Kellyn Smith Kenny, Chief Marketing and Growth Officer, AT&T. “AT&T and Tribeca share in the belief that representation matters, across every medium and we’re incredibly proud to be giving another diverse filmmaker an opportunity to share their art with the world.”
These talented finalists will present their scripts and story ideas at a live-streamed event on Tuesday, June 8 to the ‘AT&T Presents: Untold Stories’ Greenlight Committee who will determine the winner. This year’s Greenlight Committee consists of leading industry talent and executives including Kellyn Smith Kenny (Chief Marketing and Growth Officer, AT&T), Karen Horne (Senior Vice President Equity and Inclusion, WarnerMedia), Veena Sud (TV Writer/Producer, “The Killing”), and Nisha Ganatra (Film Director, “The High Note”).
Hosted at the WarnerMedia Innovation Lab in New York, the event will feature a combination of virtual and in-person participation. All elements, including the pitches, Q&A between the filmmakers and Greenlight Committee, winner announcement, live remarks by Tribeca Film Festival Co-founders Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro and more, will be live-streamed on AT&T’s YouTube channel.
In addition to the $1 million prize funded by AT&T, Tribeca and WarnerMedia will work closely with the filmmakers, overseeing production and providing mentorship from seasoned industry professionals, throughout the filmmaking process. AT&T and Tribeca will also support the filmmaker in award submissions, qualifying screenings, and promotions of the film.
On June 8, AT&T will also present one filmmaker with thefan-voted Film Favorite Award. While watching the pitches, fans can head to @ATT on Twitter from 10 a.m. ET-12:30 p.m.ET to vote for their favorite film. AT&T will provide the winner of the Film Favorite Award a $40,000 grant; while the other four participating filmmakers will receive a $10,000 grant — making every finalist in the competition one step closer to achieving their film goals.