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Tribeca 2012: 'Any Day Now,' 'Burn' take audience awards

April 28, 2012 |  8:46 pm

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A drama about gay adoption and a documentary about Detroit firefighters won the audience awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, organizers announced Saturday.

Travis Fine's narrative-feature winner, "Any Day Now," centers on an aspiring singer (Alan Cumming) who, along with his partner, takes in a neglected boy with Down's syndrome. The couple must soon fight a legal battle to retain custody. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, the movie is inspired by a true story.

The documentary winner, "Burn," takes a look at the firefighters of Detroit, who struggle to do their jobs in the face of urban blight and budgetary woes, focusing especially on a new hard-line commissioner brought in to shake up the system. Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez directed the film, which was executive produced by Denis Leary. The movie is the latest independent to take a look at the embattled city, coming on the heels of such films as "Detropia," which premiered at Sundance.

Tribeca's audience award can sometimes be a barometer of commercial success. Three years ago, the screwball family comedy "City Island" took the prize; the movie went on to become an art-house hit. This year's winners do not yet have theatrical distribution.

This is the first year Tribeca has given out separate audience awards in documentary and narrative categories. The festival wraps up Sunday.

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Photo: A still from "Any Day Now." Credit: Tribeca Film Festival


 
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