Untold Stories is a multi-year, multi-tier alliance between AT&T and the Tribeca Festival that awards $1 million dollars, mentorship, and distribution support to systemically underrepresented filmmakers to produce their films.

This unique partnership has already made an impact on inclusivity in film. Following its first three nationally-distributed films, Nigerian Prince, Lucky Grandma and Marvelous and the Black Hole, 2021’s winner Land of Gold will premiere at this year’s Festival.

At the 2022 Tribeca Festival, 5 new talented and diverse filmmaking teams will pitch their proposed feature film projects to an esteemed Greenlight Committee of industry professionals to decide who will be the next $1 million dollar prize recipient. The winning film will be guaranteed a premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Festival, subject to timely delivery of the film and be granted a dedicated “first look” opportunity with HBO Max. The additional 4 teams will receive a $10,000 grant for development support.

A “Fan Favorite” will also be chosen by a vote during the livestream, and that project will receive an additional $40,000 grant.

For the first time in the program’s history, this year’s Untold Stories pitch event will take place in front of a live audience. Visit the @ATT Twitter page at 10am on June 10th to tune into the livestream.

2022 FINALIST FILMS

Mutt
Written and Directed by Vuk LK
Produced by Alexander Stegmaier and Stephen Scott Scarpulla

Over the course of a single hectic day in New York City, three people from Feña's past are thrust back into his life. Having lost touch since transitioning from female to male, Feña must navigate the new dynamics of these old relationships while tackling the day-to-day challenges that come with living a life in-between.

Paper Trail
Written and Directed by Rachael Moton
Produced by Gia Rigoli

In rapidly gentrifying North Philadelphia, two genius Black siblings at risk of eviction begin doing the coursework of local college students in exchange for cash. When one of their clients, a white woman, goes viral from an essay they wrote the siblings are faced with a moral dilemma: allow their client to publicly use their voices, or be caught at the center of a cheating scandal.

Smoking Tigers
Directed and Written by So Young Shelly Yo
Produced by Guo Guo

Over one summer spent at an elite academic bootcamp, a lonely Korean American teenager hides her true identity to fit in, only to discover the bittersweet pains of adulthood.

Under the Lights
Written and Directed by Miles Levin
Produced by Natalie Metzger

A boy with epilepsy, desperate to feel like a regular kid, goes to prom knowing that the lights will make him have a seizure.

The Weight of Land
Written and Directed by Daniel Drummond
Produced by Gia Rigoli and Esteban Zuluaga

When the Estradas, a family of Latino ranch hands, learn they’ve inherited one of the largest ranches in Arizona the promise of a better future seems certain. However, bitter feuds spurred by the inheritance drive a dangerous wedge between the Estradas and their small town.

PROGRAM IMPACT SINCE 2017

  • $5 Million given to winning underrepresented filmmakers
  • $200,000 in development funding to participants, resulting in 5 completed and distributed feature length films from new voices
  • Expansive exposure for unheard stories, opening doors to wider audiences
  • Project feedback and mentorship
  • Industry networking and connections, allowing 40% of participating films to be made

2022 AT&T UNTOLD STORIES GREENLIGHT COMMITTEE

Leslie Cohen

Leslie Cohen is Senior Vice President of Content Acquisitions for WarnerMedia, HBO/HBOMAX responsible for acquiring films from major studios, independent suppliers, international partners, and Latin content-including films, concerts, comedy specials, and series. In addition to the staple of film content for the platform, Leslie acquires artist-forward films for Warnermedia’s 150 such as Academy Award Winning Drive My Car. Leslie is currently Executive Producer on the 150 project Brownsville Bred, winner of the Audience Award at SXSW 2022 as well as a producer on HBO Latino’s Habla series.

J.D. Dillard

J.D. Dillard has established himself as a director and writer to watch, with an extraordinary ability to captivate audiences through authentic yet innovative storytelling. Dillard’s next big screen endeavor is the highly-anticipated historical war epic DEVOTION, which Sony Pictures will release domestically in October 2022. The film stars Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell as Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner, a pair of U.S. Navy pilots who risked their lives during the Korean War and became some of the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen. Dillard directs the deeply personal feature from a script written by Jake Crane and Jonathan Stewart, based on the book by Adam Makos.

André Holland

André Holland most recently starred and co-executive produced in Damien Chazelle’s Netflix series The Eddy, which was released in April 2020. Other film credits include High Flying Bird, Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, Moonlight (Academy Award® for Best Picture), Selma (Academy Award® Nominee), 42, Miracle at St. Anna, and the acclaimed 2008 independent film Sugar. Holland’s TV credits include Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick and the Stephen King inspired series, Castle Rock (Hulu/Bad Robot). Holland made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award®-winning 2009 revival of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and most recently played the title role in Othello alongside Academy Award® and Tony®-Winning actor Mark Rylance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. Other select theater credits include the Tony Award®-winning production of August Wilson’s Jitney, The Whipping Man at MTC, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park productions of All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It.

Karen Horne

Karen Horne is Senior Vice President, Equity and Inclusion, Programs, WarnerMedia. As a senior executive with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, she has been recognized as a Diversity and Inclusion pioneer and pipeline builder. Since coming to WarnerMedia in March of 2020, Horne has been involved in creating and implementing multiple pipeline programs that aim to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities. These programs give talented individuals, who would otherwise not have the opportunity, access to the entertainment industry to showcase their talent. She has brought expertise gained from her career to create cohesive programs, ranging from entry-level to mid-career, that service the entire enterprise. These programs support expansion in areas that have not traditionally been serviced (i.e., virtual production, games, news and sports, animation, comedy, etc.).

Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash is a multi-talented Emmy®-winning producer and twice-nominated actress. Her career includes roles in HBO's Getting On, which earned her two Emmy nominations, Netflix’s limited Ava DuVernay series, When They See Us (which earned her a third Emmy nomination and an NAACP Image award), FOX's Scream Queens, Showtime's Masters of Sex and TV Land's The Soul Man. Nash recently finished headlining TNT’s drama, Claws. She was tapped to star in the spin-off of ABC’s series The Rookie and will star in Ryan Murphy’s limited series for Netflix, Monster.

Kellyn Smith Kenny

Kellyn Smith Kenny is the Chief Marketing and Growth Officer at AT&T where she is responsible for deepening customer relationships, accelerating growth, and elevating AT&T’s premium position.  Over the past several years, AT&T has launched groundbreaking programs with the NBA, WNBA, Tribeca Festival, #SeeHer, Cloud9 and more to underscore the importance of representation and to elevate underrepresented voices. Kellyn is passionate about the role brands play in reflecting and promoting diversity, and honored to help select this year’s winner of AT&T Presents: Untold Stories. 

DeWanda Wise

DeWanda Wise is a critically acclaimed American actor and filmmaker. Wise will make her blockbuster debut this Summer starring as Kayla Watts in “Jurassic World Dominion,“ followed by the highly anticipated Showtime adaptation of Lisa Taddeo’s “Three Women” in the Fall. Addition credits include her first leading role in ABC’s “Firelight,” her breakout role as Nola Darling in the Netflix adaption of "She's Gotta Have It,” hit comedy “Someone Great” by Jenn Kaytin Robinson, and playing Swan opposite Kevin Hart in the Sony/Netflix film “Fatherhood” among others. Select stage credits include Atlantic Theater Company's "Fireflies," originating the roles of 'Nina' in Dominique Morisseau's "Sunset Baby,” and ‘Mercy’ in “Flight,” directed by Liesl Tommy, David Mamet’s “Race,” and "In the Continuum.”cAn Ambassador for NAMI, DeWanda is committed to reducing mental health stigma, and systemic change towards accessible care for all.x