Untold Stories is a multi-year, multi-tier alliance between AT&T and Tribeca that awards $1 million dollars, mentorship and distribution to underrepresented filmmakers to produce their films. This unique platform has already made an impact on inclusivity in film. Following its first two nationally-distributed films, Nigerian Prince and Lucky Grandma, Untold Stories’ third feature Marvelous and the Black Hole premiered in early in 2021 and will be at this year’s Tribeca Festival.
On June 8th 2021, 5 new talented and diverse filmmaking teams pitched their proposed feature film projects to an esteemed Greenlight Committee of industry professionals to decide who will be the next $1 million prize recipient. The Untold Stories pitch was a virtual and in-person hybrid event to help ensure COVID-19 safety guidelines. The pitch event was streamed virtually, including a live Q&A with each filmmaking team and the Greenlight Committee.
This year's winning film – LAND OF GOLD - will be guaranteed a slot at the 2022 Tribeca Festival and, for the first time, HBOMax will distribute the winning film on their platform to ensure these stories are seen and heard. The additional 4 teams received a $10,000 grant for development support. An additional $40,000 was awarded to the Fan Favorite – JOHNNY LOVES DOLORES - as voted by the virtual audience participating.
Teenage delinquent Sammy Ko teams up with a surly children's party magician on a bizarre adventure to navigate her tumultuous home life and inner demons. A coming-of-age comedy that touches on unlikely friendships, grief, and finding hope in the darkest moments.
Premiering at Sundance Film Festival 2021
Set in New York City’s Chinatown, the film follows an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese grandma who goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck… and in the middle of a gang war.Available to stream on multiple platforms.
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.
Available to steam on Netflix and other platforms.