May 1, 2009

'Racing Dreams' Captures Top Doc Prize at Tribeca

Racing Dreams, Marshall Curry's latest documentary following his multi-award-winning 2005 film Street Fight, captured the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film follows the fortunes and struggles of three young go-kart racers competing for the national championship. Racing Dreams is currently in the number one spot for the Audience Award at Tribeca, which will be decided Saturday, May 2. Street Fight won the 2005 Audience Award at Tribeca.

A Special Jury Mention went to Yoav Shamir's Defamation, which looks at the realities
of anti-Semitism today, while Ian Olds earned the Best New Documentary Filmmaker award for Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, about an Afghani fixer who was captured and killed by the Taliban in 2007.

Rounding out the doc awards, Danae Elon's Partly Private won the Best New York Documentary award, while Best Documentary Short honors went to Matthew Faust's home, with Special Jury Mention going to Liz Chae's The Last Mermaids.