On Monday, Indeed, the world’s number one job site, Emmy Award-Winning Writer, Creator and Actor Lena Waithe and her Hillman Grad Productions celebrated Season Three of the Rising Voices filmmakers program at Tribeca Festival in New York City. Ten Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) filmmakers premiered their short films to distinguished guests that included Lena Waithe, CEO of Hillman Grad Rishi Rajani, along with program mentors Destin Daniel Cretton, Diego Velasco, Anthony Hemingway, Tiff Johnson, Naima Ramos Chapman and Constanza & Doménica Castro.
Each film surrounded the singular theme of the future of work and every filmmaker was awarded a $10,000 writing fee, received a $100,000 production budget, and a dedicated line production crew through Hillman Grad and 271 Films.
In addition to the Rising Voices program, this year at the Tribeca Festival Indeed is sponsoring the Juneteenth program “Expressions of Black Freedom”, and a special celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop that is woven throughout the 12-day festival, including the world premiere of “All Up in the Biz”, a documentary about New York hip-hop legend Biz Markie, premiering at the Tribeca Festival.
Additionally, Rising Voices Season One filmmaker Shelly Yo, a first-generation Korean-American, will be debuting her film, “Smoking Tigers”, at Tribeca Film Festival through the AT&T’s Untold Stories grant that she won last year. This year, Season One filmmaker David Fortune won the AT&T’s Untold Stories grant for his film “Color Book”. These wins show the remarkable success of the Rising Voices program and the opportunities that it provides.