Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award Winners Unveiled

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Each winner receives a $25,000 cash prize.

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of its two audience awards on Saturday night.

The AT&T-sponsored awards were unveiled at a Vice-sponsored wrap party in New York City. Two awards were given to the audience choices for best films: one narrative award and one documentary award.

The narrative award was given to King Jack, a Felix Thompson-directed project that tells the story of Jack, who has learned to do what it takes to survive growing up in a rural town filled with violent delinquents. After his aunt falls ill and a younger cousin comes to stay with him, the hardened 15-year-old discovers the importance of friendship, family, and looking for happiness even in the most desolate of circumstances.

The documentary award was given to Patrick O’Brien's TransFatty Lives, which documents O'Brien as TransFatty, the onetime NYC deejay and Internet meme-making superstar. In 2005, O’Brien began to document his life after being diagnosed with ALS and given only two to five years to live.

Both recipients received a $25,000 cash prize along with "Rockets Over the Delta" (Mass MoCA #218) awarded to King Jack and "Taliban Relief Painting" awarded to TransFatty.

Andy Schocken and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's Song of Lahore was the runner-up for the documentary audience award, and Leslye Headland's Sleeping With Other People was the runner-up for the narrative audience award.

Audience Award winners and runner-ups will screen on Sunday, April 26, at Regal Battery Park Stadium 11, along with the winners selected by the Tribeca Film Festival jury.

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