During the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, there will be a special tribute to Academy Award and Grammy Award winner Quincy Jones for his contributions to cinema, music & philanthropy.
The announcement was made when the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) selected the 12 projects for the Tribeca All Access (TAA) program. This year, the program will introduce $10,000 grants for each project along with tailored mentorships to maximize its impact. Now in its eighth year, TAA was created to help foster and nurture relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. TAA will present the 12 projects throughout a five-day program taking place during the annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, held from April 20–May 1, 2011.
As part of a new initiative, TFI will present a special Legacy Celebration on Thursday, April 28 at the Hiro Ballroom to honor Quincy Jones for his contribution to cinema and music as well as his philanthropic efforts across the globe.
The night will include a cocktail reception, a multimedia celebration of music performances and film clips and several presentations from people in the film industry. The annual event celebrates icons that progress the way we look at pop culture and diversified storytelling across several races and generations.
A winner of several awards in different industries, Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1968 for the tune 'The Eyes of Love' from 'Banning.' That same year, he became the first African American to be nominated twice within the same year when he was nominated for Best Original Score for his work on the music of the 1967 film 'In Cold Blood.' In 1971, Jones would receive the honor of becoming the first African American to be named musical director/conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony. In 1985, Jones scored the Steven Spielberg film adaptation of 'The Color Purple.'
Along with composing music for 33 films, the Chicago native was the first African American to win the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, in 1995. He is tied with sound designer Willie D. Burton as the most Oscar-nominated African American, each of them having seven nominations.