Sasie Sealy and Angela Cheng have a story to tell. And AT&T just awarded them $1 million to help tell it.

Sealy and Cheng are the second winners to be awarded $1 million from AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, an inclusive film program in collaboration with Tribeca, along with the year-round nonprofit Tribeca Film Institute.

Sealy and Cheng impressed the Untold Stories Greenlight Committee, made up of industry leaders and film experts, with their vision for their project “Lucky Grandma” at this morning’s live pitch event in NYC.

The committee heard pitches for 5 films, deliberated and named Sealy and Cheng’s “Lucky Grandma” as the winner. The win was announced at an event today celebrating inclusivity in storytelling.

What’s next? Sealy and Cheng will now use the next year to create or finish their film. It’s a story about an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese grandmother with a small-time gambling habit.  When a local fortune-teller predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to go “all in” and lands herself on the wrong side of luck, and in the middle of a Chinese gang war.

AT&T and Tribeca will also help with awards submissions, qualifying screenings, ads and promotion of the film.

Sealy and Cheng’s film will premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and will run across AT&T’s video platform.

AT&T will give the other 4 participating filmmakers $10,000 each to achieve their film goals.

Congratulations, Sasie Sealy and Angela Cheng! We can’t wait to see your film’s premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, runs April 18-29, 2018.  For more information, and all festival updates, download the official Tribeca Film Festival mobile app through iTunes, Google Play, or your app store today. Check back here and follow us on Twitter @att for more information on all of our activities at the 2018 Festival. 

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