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For the 2nd year in a row, AT&T and Tribeca present: Untold Stories, an inclusive film program to support filmmakers that are underrepresented in the industry. As part of this multi-year collaboration, AT&T will be providing $1 million dollars to create his or her film. The finished film will culminate with a world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and will run across AT&T's video platform. The remaining filmmakers will receive a $10,000 micro grant to support telling their stories.

2018 One Million Dollar Grant Recipient

Lucky Grandma

Directed by (and Co-written by): Sasie Sealy

Grandma is an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese grandmother with a small-time gambling habit. When a local fortune-teller predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to go "all in" and lands herself on the wrong side of luck, and in the middle of a Chinese gang war.

Sasie is an award-winning writer/director from North Carolina, with a (still) lingering Southern drawl. Her films have screened at the Smithsonian Institute and festivals around the world, and she has twice been awarded the short filmmaking prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, with New York Magazine calling her film The Elephant Garden, one of the most touching and poignant films we’ve seen this year.

Angela Cheng is a New York-based writer and filmmaker who spent her childhood performing Chinese stand up comedy in Houston, Texas. The jokes weren't funny but the Chinese immigrant audience was kind to her nonetheless. Since then, she's traded the stage for making movies detailing the hopes, neuroses, and misadventures of Asian-Americans in the United States. Her short films have shown at South by Southwest, Newfest, Outfest, and Los Angeles International Film Festival.

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2017 One Million Dollar Grant Recipient

Screening at Tribeca 2018

Nigerian Prince

Director: Faraday Okoro

A troubled American teenager, sent away to his mother's native Nigeria, finds himself entangled in a dangerous web of scams and corruption with a con-artist cousin as his guide.
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Faraday is a New York City based Nigerian-American filmmaker. He attended Howard University and NYU Graduate Film School. Faraday's films have screened in numerous film festivals worldwide, including Tribeca, LA Film Festival, and the Palm Springs International Shortsfest. In 2016, Faraday was included in MovieMaker Magazine's 25 Screenwriters to Watch.

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Fiona Carter

Fiona Carter is Chief Brand Officer for AT&T Communications, a global leader in telecommunications and technology. She oversees global brand marketing, advertising, media, sponsorships, global events, as well as corporate and employee communications. She strives to bring diverse perspectives to the table and leads AT&T's participation in the Association of National Advertisers' #SeeHer initiative to end gender bias in advertising.

Lisa Cortés

Lisa Cortés is an Academy Award®-nominated Producer whose credits include PRECIOUS; THE WOODSMAN; and SHADOWBOXER. Her work with trailblazing companies such as Rush Artist Management, Def Jam Records, and Lee Daniels Entertainment has been distinguished by her commitment to empowering inclusive voices, and giving light to challenging, visionary stories.

Alexander Dinelaris

ALEXANDER DINELARIS is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for the screenplay of BIRDMAN. Most recently, Alex adapted the novel ENTERING HADES into a feature film with Michael Fassbender. Alex is currently adapting his play, STILL LIFE into a feature film, which he will direct this fall.

Griffin Dunne

Griffin Dunne is an accomplished actor, director and producer. Dunne has directed such movies as ADDICTED TO LOVE, starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick and PRACTICAL MAGIC starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. On television, Dunne has recurred on the Showtime series HOUSE OF LIES playing opposite Don Cheadle and recently starred opposite Kathryn Haun and Kevin Bacon in the Amazon series I LOVE DICK.

Ilana Glazer

Ilana Glazer is a comedian, writer, and actress. She is best known for co-creating, co-starring in, and co-writing for the Comedy Central series BROAD CITY with Abbi Jacobson, now contracted for a fifth season. 

Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard is a Golden Globe and Emmy winning actress. Her work includes the critically acclaimed 12 YEARS A SLAVE, directed by Steve McQueen and CROSS CREEK, which nominated her for an Oscar. Woodard is a longtime activist and in 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.