Monica and David, a documentary about a married couple with Down syndrome shot and directed by Miami filmmaker Ali Codina (pictured at left), has earned a prestigious spot in the World Documentary Feature Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
"I'm very excited," said Codina, 32. "When you get into a festival, you want to engage audiences and get the word out on your film, but that requires a lot of work. I'm sure I'll be nervous just before the screening, but I can't think that far ahead right now."
Codina, a former programmer at the Miami International Film Festival, has spent the past five years working on the movie, which also earned her a first-look deal with HBO. Monica and David made its world premiere in November at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, where it came in second for the audience award. The movie will premiere at Tribeca on April 24.
For more information on the film and the Tribeca showings, go here.