Tribeca: Jon Favreau's 'Chef,' 'Keep on Keepin' On' Doc Win Audience Awards
Jon Favreau’s Chef and Alan Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On have won the Heineken Audience Awards, for best narrative film and best documentary respectively, at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
Radius TWC acquired worldwide rights to Keepin’ On on Saturday, and Hicks also won the festival’s jury award for best new documentary director, which was announced Thursday.
Each of the audience awards comes with a cash prize of $25,000. Additionally as part of the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards program sponsored by Chanel, Favreau received the painting Untitled by James Nares and Hicks received Iguaca by Alexis Rockman. Favreau said he will donate his $25,000 prize to City Harvest, the food rescue organization dedicated to feeding New York City’s hungry men, women and children.
Chef, in which Favreau stars as a chef who operates a food truck after losing his restaurant, will be released May 9 by Open Road Films. Keepin’ On concerns the relationship that develops between 89-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry and the 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin.
"These films happen to share the common theme of following one's dreams, the challenging journey to achieve them, and how it cannot be done without true friendship, family and support,” Genna Terranova, the festival’s director of programming, said.
Chef and Keepin’ On will screen Sunday as will the rest of the films that won awards at the festival.