2017 Cannes Film Festival: ‘The Square’ wins Palme d’Or; complete list of winners

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May 28, 2017

The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival took place from May 17 to May 28, 2017. Here is the complete list of of the event’s winners, voted for by appointed juries, and awarded at Grand Théâtre Lumière in Cannes, France, on May 28, 2017.

FEATURE FILMS – COMPETITION

PALME D’OR (Best Picture)

“THE SQUARE” directed by Ruben ÖSTLUND

The Palme d’or was awarded by Juliette Binoche and Pedro Almodóvar.

70th ANNIVERSARY AWARD

Nicole Kidman

The 70th Anniversary Award was awarded by Will Smith.

 

GRAND PRIX

“120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE (BPM – Beats Per Minute)” directed by Robin CAMPILLO

The Grand Prix was awarded by Costa-Gavras and Agnès Jaoui.

BEST DIRECTOR

Sofia Coppola for “THE BEGUILED”

The Best Director Prize was awarded by Fan BingBing and Gabriel Yared.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Joaquin Phoenix in “YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE” directed by Lynne Ramsay

The Best Performance by an Actor Prize was awarded by Jessica Chastain.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Diane Kruger in “AUS DEM NICHTS (In The Fade)” directed by Fatih Akin

The Best Performance by an Actress Prize was awarded by Irène Jacob and Paolo Sorrentino

JURY PRIZE

“NELYUBOV (Loveless)” directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

The Jury Prize was awarded by Maren Ade and Guillaume Gallienne.

BEST SCREENPLAY

Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for “THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER”

Lynne Ramsay for “YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE”

The Best Screenplay Prize was awarded by Marisa Paredes and Park Chan-wook.

SHORT FILMS – COMPETITION

PALME D’OR

“XIAO CHENG ER YUE (A Gentle Night)” directed by Qiu Yang

SPECIAL DISTINCTION BY THE JURY

“KATTO (The Ceiling)” directed by Teppo Airaksinen

The Palme d’or and the Jury Special Mention for Shorts Films were awarded by Uma Thurman and Cristian Mungiu.

UN CERTAIN REGARD

UN CERTAIN REGARD (Best Picture)

“LERD (A Man of Integrity)” directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

BEST ACTRESS

Jasmine Trinca for “FORTUNATA” directed by Sergio Castellitto

BEST POETIC NARRATIVE

“BARBARA” directed by Mathieu Amalric

BEST DIRECTION

Taylor Sheridan for “WIND RIVER”

JURY PRIZE

“LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL (April’s Daughter)” directed by Michel Franco

CAMÉRA D’OR

“JEUNE FEMME (Montparnasse Bienvenüe)” directed by Léonor Serraille presented as part of UN CERTAIN REGARD

The Caméra d’or Prize was awarded by Sandrine Kiberlain, President of the Caméra d’or Jury.

CINEFONDATION

FIRST PRIZE

“PAUL EST LÀ (Paul Is Here)” directed by Valentina Maurel
INSAS, Belgium

SECOND PRIZE

“HEYVAN (AniMal)” directed by Bahram & Bahman Ark
Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran

THIRD PRIZE

“DEUX ÉGARÉS SONT MORTS (Two Youths Died)” directed by Tommaso Usberti
La Fémis, France

The CST Jury decided to award the VULCAIN PRIZE FOR ARTIST-TECHNICIAN to: Josefin Asberh for her remarkable artistic contribution to match the inventiveness of the film THE SQUARE.

2017 Cannes Film Festival: Event Photos and Videos

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The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 17 to May 28, 2017. Here are some photos and videos from the event.

“Okja”

“Wind River”

“The Square”

“The Meyerowitz Stories”

The Wrap’s Cannes Influencer Dinner

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”

“Top of the Lake: China Girl”

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Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson search for a mythical culture in ‘The Lost City of Z’

April 14, 2017

by Carla Hay

Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland at the 2016 New York Film Festival press conference for "The Lost City of Z"
Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland at the 2016 New York Film Festival press conference for “The Lost City of Z” (Photo by Carla Hay)

Based on author David Grann’s non-fiction bestseller, “The Lost City of Z” tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett—supported by his devoted wife Nina (played by Sienna Miller), son Jack (played by Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp Corporal Henry Costin (played by Robert Pattinson)—returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, “The Lost City of Z” is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession. “The Lost City of Z” had its world premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival, where Gray, Pattinson, Miller, Holland and co-star Angus Macfadyen gathered for a Q&A after a press screening.

 

2017 Cannes Film Festival: lineup of films, jury presidents announced

April 13, 2017

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The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival has announced its lineup of films for the event, which takes place in Cannes, France, from May 17 to May 28, 2017. In addition, several of the event’s jury presidents, including overall jury president Pedro Almodóvar, have been announced.

This year’s festival will have 49 films from 29 countries, with 12 of the films directed by women.

Here are some of the more high-profile film at the event:

“The Beguiled”

Directed by Sofia Coppola

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Genre; Drama

Plotline: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

“You Were Never Really Here”

Directed by Lynn Ramsay

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Alessandro Nivola

Genre: Drama

Plotline: A war veteran’s attempt to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring goes horribly wrong.

“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

Directed by Noah Baumbach

Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson

Genre: Comedy

Plotline: An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

“Wonderstruck”

Directed by Todd Haynes

Starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams

Genre: Drama

Plotline: The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

“Good Time”

Directed by Benny and Josh Safdie

Starring Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Genre: Drama

Plotline: A bank robber finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him.

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone

Genre:  Drama

Plotline: A teenager’s attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family takes an unexpected turn.

As is the case with many film festivals that have expanded their programming to visual media other than movies, there will also be TV shows and virtual-reality projects showing at the festival.  Footage from the second season of “Top of the Lake” and the revival of “Twin Peaks” will be screened. Meanwhile, “Carne y Arena,” is a VR project from Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

These are the announced jury presidents:

Cristian Mungiu will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.

Sandrine Kiberlain will preside the Jury for this year’s Caméra d’or

April 17, 2017 UPDATE: Uma Thurman will preside the Un Certain Regard Jury

April 20, 2017 UPDATE: Monica Bellucci will be mistress of the opening and closing ceremonies

 

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: New Online Work (N.O.W.) showcase, creators market, special screenings announced

March 24, 2017

by Carla Hay

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The 15th Annual Tribeca Film Festival—which takes place in New York City from April 19 to 30, 2017—has announced its N.O.W. (New Online Work) Showcase, Special Screenings, and the Creators Market participants.

The following is an excerpt from a Tribeca Film Festival press release:

The N.O.W. Showcase is a curated selection of 10 independent online creators’ latest work that is representative of the industry’s freshest voices and most original forms of storytelling. In addition to the world premieres of the new online work during Showcase Screenings on April 20, a piece of past work from each filmmaker will be showcased on TribecaFilm.com.

Rounding out the opportunities for online storytellers is the second annual Creators Market, which connects online creators with the industry, including buyers, producers and brands, and supports the creation, sale, and showcase of new online works. Showcase, and Creators Market participants follow:

N.O.W. SPECIAL SCREENINGS:
A selection of high-profile content from the industry’s leading digital networks and online talent playing as official Special Screenings of TFF.

A still from “Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock” (Photo courtesy of Unicorn Riot)

Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock, directed by Josh Fox, James Spione, Myron Dewey, written by Floris White Bull, Josh Fox, Myron Dewey. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Standing Rock North Dakota became one of the most watched places on earth. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. While many may know the details, “Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock,” executive produced by Shailene Woodley, captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed how we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.

DATE: April 22, 2017

After the Movie: A conversation with filmmakers Josh Fox, James Spione, Myron Dewey and special guests.

A still from the Crypt TV original short “The Birch” (Photo by Anthony Melton and Ben Franklin)

Crypt TV’s Monster Madness, directed by Ben Franklin & Anthony Melton, Alexander Babaev, Jon Kovel, Nicholas Mihm, John William Ross, Gabriel Younes and more. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative and Non-Scripted. “Crypt TV’s Monster Madness” features some of the best and biggest character shorts from the digital brand’s scaremakers. From a stunningly terrifying protector of the bullied to a child’s toy that reveals horrors around every corner of a suburban home to the real life tale of a man whose body is stretched and pierced into a piece of daring art, Crypt shorts proudly embrace the horror lifestyle.

  • “The Birch” (directed by: Ben Franklin & Anthony Melton)
  • “My First Day” (directed by: Jon Kovel)
  • “Odd Jobs: Body Modification” (directed by: Nicholas Mihm)
  • “Stereoscope” (directed by: Alexander Babaev)
  • “Sunny Family Cult” (directed by: Gabriel Younes)
  • “The Thing in the Apartment” (directed by: John William Ross)

DATE: April 25, 2017

After the screening: A conversation with filmmaker Eli Roth, Crypt TV chief content officer Kate Krantz, and Crypt TV filmmakers Gabriel Younes, Anthony Melton, and Ben Franklin. Moderated by Crypt TV CEO and co-founder Jack Davis.

Out of This World: Female Filmmakers in Genre
Join us for an evening of three diverse works from female filmmakers working online in the genre sphere. From post-apocalyptic love and telekinetic mother/daughter relations to an unseen predator in a mining town, these stories from up-and-coming online studios DUST, Stage 13 and Adaptive Studios, artfully skew everyday travails into the bizarre and visually fantastic.

A still from “YOYO” (Photo by John Wakayama Carey)
  • YOYO, directed by Nicole Delaney. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Caroline can’t stand that she is a virgin…And then the world ends. In post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, after a dust storm has wiped out humanity, she meets Francis and is convinced that he’s the man to pop her cherry. “YOYO” is a heartfelt, dark comedy about finding meaning in life, even when life ceases to exist. With: Martin Starr, Sophie von Haselberg. Presented by DUST and Gunpowder & Sky.
  • Two Sentence Horror Stories: MA, directed by Vera Miao. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Like many traditional Chinese families, Mona still lives at home with her stern but loving Ma. When she meets cute Erica, their instant chemistry awakens something dormant inside. But Ma is not going to let her daughter go easily. Because nothing is allowed to come between a mother and daughter. With: Wei Yi Lin, Ayesha Harris, Mardy Ma. A Stage 13 production.
  • Pineapple (Episodes 1 & 2), directed by Arkasha Stevenson. (USA) – New York Premiere, Narrative. The local coal mine in the town of Black Rock becomes a crime scene when a miner’s daughter is assaulted in its tunnels. She utters only one word, which leaves the town baffled: “pineapple.” Tensions rise as the mine’s opportunistic owner uses the investigation as an excuse to shutter the dying operation indefinitely. With: Tyler Vickers, Kel Owens, Ron Gilbert, Gloria Vonn, Lucille Sharp, Brooklyn Robinson. An Adaptive Studios production.

DATE: April 29, 2017

After the Screening: The screening will be followed by a moderated conversation with filmmakers Nicole Delaney, Vera Miao and Arkasha Stevenson.

THE NEW YORK TIMES’ Op-Docs
Join Tribeca for a presentation of The New York Times’ Op-Docs that poignantly explore relatable struggles faced by everyday citizens. From immigrant families overwhelming first night in America, to women struggling with Louisiana mandated abortion waiting periods, to a Japanese man’s attempt to both parent his young child and provide palliative care for his mother, the short films provide a window into universal experiences and acutely relevant conversations.

A still from”Hotel U.S.A.” (Photo courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)
  • Undue Burden, directed by Gina Pollack. (USA) – New York Premiere. When you live in a state with laws that restrict access to abortion, an unwanted pregnancy is only the start of your difficulties.
  • Taller Than the Trees, directed by Megan Mylan. (USA) – Special Screening. Japanese men haven’t traditionally been caregivers. But for Masami Hayata, it’s a crucial part of raising his family.
  • Hotel U.S.A., directed by Andrea Meller & Marisa Pearl. (USA) – New York Premiere. For refugee families, the very first night in the U.S. can be an exciting and bewildering experience.

DATE: April 30, 2017

After the Screening: The screening will be followed by a moderated conversation with filmmakers Andrea Meller, Megan Mylan, Marisa Pearl and Gina Pollack.

N.O.W. SHOWCASE (and Creators Market Participants)
A curated selection of 10 independent, online creators invited to showcase their latest work on TribecaFilm.com and at two public screenings as official Tribeca selections.

A still from “The Holdouts” (Photo courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)

SHOWCASE A
DATE: April 20, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

The Holdouts, directed by Ramon Campos Iriarte (Colombia) – World Premiere. The Western hemisphere’s oldest civil war is still going strong in the jungles of Colombia. The National Liberation Army (ELN) —a Marxist military organization— has been fighting for revolution since 1964, and with the FARC having declared a ceasefire, the ELN is today the last active guerrilla army in the Americas. In Spanish, English with subtitles.

Midnight Service, directed by Dean Colin Marcial and produced by Brett Potter (USA) – World Premiere. Midnight Service is a true-crime series about urban legends, notorious criminals, occult pop culture, and first-hand accounts of the unknown.

New Deep South, created by Lauren Cioffi and Rosie Haber (USA) – World Premiere. This series explores the vibrant and multifaceted queer culture emerging in the American South. Playing against old stereotypes of Mississippi as a state of social conservatism and stagnation, we follow the lives of queer youth to explore the tangled and complex nature of sexual identity in the “New Deep South.”

New York is Dead, produced by Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas, and Randy Harrison and directed by Matthew Wilkas (USA) – World Premiere. A darkly hilarious webseries about two broke NYC artists who become hitmen to make ends meet.

Woman of a Certain Age, created, written by, and starring Kate Dearing, co-directed by Amanda Cowper and Sami Kriegstein and co-produced by Dearing, Cowper and Kriegstein- (USA) World Premiere. Kate confronts the daily challenges of being an adult, she is spontaneously visited by versions of herself at different ages – each offering their “best” advice. Like “A Christmas Carol” but without the pesky morals, “Woman of a Certain Age” explores what happens when we actually listen to the voices in our head.

A still from “Heroin” )Photo courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)

SHOWCASE B
DATE: April 20, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

HEROIN, directed by Jessica Beshir (USA) – World Premiere. For an artist, free will is just an illusion. “Heroin” explores the creative process, inspiration and alternative reality of an artist.

I LIVED: Brooklyn, directed by Jonathan Nelson and produced by Danielle Andersen (USA) – World Premiere. “I LIVED: Brooklyn” was created by director/cinematographer Jonathan Nelson and audio producer Danielle Andersen. Nelson and Andersen both live in Brooklyn and “I LIVED” was born from a desire to investigate the intricacies of place and identity in the borough’s distinct neighborhoods.

Phone Calls, co-directed by Bonnie Wright and Martin Cohn (USA) – World Premiere. “Phone Calls” is an anthology series of conversations exploring the way people speak to each other when not face to face. Free of physical proximity, a space is born in which personal truths and, often times, ugliness is unleashed by those closest to you as well as those most foreign.

Shiva, Bankrukt Productions (Jeff Seal, Shaina Feinberg, Chris Roberti, Chris Manley) (USA) – World Premiere. Improvised vignettes from an Upper West Side Shiva, exploring the absurd, mundane, sad and spiritual. There will be lox.

The Show About The Show, directed by Caveh Zahedi (USA) – World Premiere. “The Show About The Show” is Caveh Zahedi’s self-referential scripted meta-series about a Brooklyn filmmaker trying to make a TV show. Co-starring Alex Karpovsky, Eleonore Hendricks, Dustin Defa, and a who’s who of Brooklyn’s independent filmmaking community, it tells the story of everything that can and does go wrong in trying to get a television series funded, produced, and distributed.

N.O.W. CREATORS MARKET:
A daylong, private industry market that brings together leading online creators/talent looking to pitch new projects with a curated group of industry (distributors, brands, MCNs) with particular interest in engaging up-and-coming online talent.

The following people have been selected for the program:

  • Azie Mira Dungey
  • Arkasha Stevenson
  • Christian Larrave
  • Dom Fera
  • Hazel Hayes
  • Hye Yun Park
  • Jacquelyn Ryan
  • Kyle Bown
  • Katie Micay
  • Lisa Ebersole
  • Patrick Starrr
  • Paul Gale
  • Smaranda Luna
  • Michelle Flanagan
  • Starsha Gill
  • Vera Miao
  • Zane Rubin

More information about these creators can be found on the Tribeca Film Festival website.

Passes and tickets for the 2017 Festival
Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, March 28 and cost $21.00 for evening and weekend screenings, $12.00 for weekday matinee screenings, $40.00 for Tribeca Talks panels and special screenings, $30.00 for Tribeca TV, and $40.00 for Tribeca Immersive. Tickets can be purchased online at tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets, or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378) or at the ticket outlet located at Cinepolis Chelsea (260 W. 23rd Street).

Also available for purchase now is The Hudson Pass, an all access pass to screenings and talks taking place at BMCC, Regal, Cinepolis Chelsea, and SVA as well as full access to all events at the Festival Hub at Spring Studios, which includes VR and immersive projects, special screenings with music performances, and access to the lounges.

The 2017 Festival will offer ticket discounts on general screenings and Tribeca Talks panels for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only.

Packages and passes are now available for purchase on the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival App on iTunes and Google Play.

Tickets for events at the Beacon Theatre and at Radio City Music Hall are available for purchase online only at Ticketmaster.

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: Tribeca TV lineup revealed

March 23, 2017

by Carla Hay

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The 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival (which takes place in New York City from April 19 to 30, 2017) has announced the lineup for its second annual television festival, Tribeca TV.  The first Tribeca Film Festival (which was co-founded by   Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff) launched in 2002, in order to revitalize business in downtown Manhattan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

According to a Tribeca Film Festival press release, 2017 marks the first time that Tribeca TV will highlight the work of independent productions.  “Black Magic for White Boys,” “Lost & Found” and “Manic” will have their original new pilots premiere together during a special event followed by a conversation with the shows’ creators.

Meanwhile, Emmy-winning documentarian Ken Burns will be honored with the festival’s new Citizen Filmmaker Award. Following the presentation, audience members will get a sneak preview created especially for Tribeca of “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part, 18-hour documentary series about the Vietnam War directed by Burns and Lynn Novick, which will premiere on PBS in the fall of 2017.

The following is the Tribeca TV lineup, excerpted from a press release:

Tribeca TV

Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome in “Another Period” (Photo courtesy of Comedy Central)

“Another Period” (Comedy Central) – Season 3 World Premiere

DATE: April 26, 2017

Executive Producers: Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome, Jeremy Konner, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld, Mike Rosenstein, Ben Stiller

“Another Period” tells the incredible story of the Bellacourt sisters, Lillian and Beatrice (played by Leggero and Lindhome). Defined by their family’s wealth, they care only about becoming super famous — which is a lot harder in 1902. The show follows the insanely decadent and outrageous life of the Bellacourt coterie. Before others claimed their fame, they were the one American family who epitomized all that was spoiled, shameless and stupid. The Bellacourts have more servants than relatives and days filled with money, sex, drugs…and more money.

After the episode: A conversation with creators, writers, and stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, and cast members Paget Brewster and Brett Gelman.

Tara Lynne Barr, Tommy Dewey and Michaela Watkins in “Casual” (Photo by Greg Lewis/Hulu)

“Casual” (Hulu) – Season 3 World Premiere

DATE: April 29, 2017

Executive Producers: Zander Lehmann, Liz Tigelaar, Helen Estabrook, Jason Reitman

Season 3 returns with everyone’s favorite co-dependent siblings Valerie and Alex. They continue to live deep in each other’s emotional lives as they raise Valerie’s daughter Laura. Following dramatic life changes at the end of the last season, Valerie and Alex are adjusting to a new normal while continuing to struggle to maintain boundaries with each other.

After the episode: A conversation with creator and executive producer Zander Lehmann, executive producers Liz Tigelaar, Helen Estabrook, and cast members Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey, and Tara Lynne Barr. Moderated by editor for New York magazine and Vulture, Stacey Wilson Hunt.

Matt LeBlanc and John Pankow in “Episodes” (Photo by Sophie Mutevelian/Showtime)

“Episodes” (Showtime) – Final Season Premiere

DATE: April 30, 2017

Executive Producer: Jimmy Mulville

“Episodes,” the award-winning, razor-sharp comedy about the insanity of making a television show, returns for its fifth and final season. Lauded English television writers Sean and Beverly Lincoln were lured to Hollywood to adapt their much-loved British boarding-school comedy “Lyman’s Boys.” Their American network has mangled the show into “Pucks!,” a sitcom about a high school hockey coach starring Matt LeBlanc (played brilliantly by himself). After a dismal run, the sitcom was finally put out of its misery. Now Sean and Beverly struggle to create a successful new project in this country without completely losing their integrity, while Matt desperately attempts to revitalize his disappearing acting career.

After the episode: A conversation with creators David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, and cast member Matt LeBlanc. Moderated by editor for New York magazine and Vulture, Stacey Wilson Hunt.

A still from “The Eyeslicer” (Photo by Calvin Lee Reeder)

“The Eyeslicer” – New Series Premiere

DATE: April 28, 2017

Executive Producers: Dan Schoenbrun, Vanessa McDonnell

“The Eyeslicer” is a new variety TV show that brings the next generation of alternative American filmmakers together under one strange roof. The hour-long show will slice, dice, and then mince your eyeballs into delicious ceviche. Each episode is a handcrafted mixtape, blending boundary-pushing short form work into a weird, wild, uninterrupted whole. “The Eyeslicer” premieres at Tribeca with the episode “Facial Reconstruction,” featuring work from acclaimed indie filmmakers Lauren Wolkstein, Erin Vassilopoulos, Shaka King, Danny Madden, and Leah Shore.

After the episode: A conversation with co-creators Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell and filmmakers Lauren Wolkstein, Erin Vassilopoulos, Shaka King, Danny Madden, and Leah Shore.

Geoffrey Rush in “Genius” (Photo by /Dusan Martincek/National Geographic)

“Genius” (National Geographic) – New Series World Premiere

DATE: April 20, 2017

Executive Producers: Ken Biller, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Gigi Pritzker, Sam Sokolow

“Genius” charts how Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush), an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk who struggled to land an academic post in his early years, went on to become the greatest scientific mind of the 20th century. The show explores his rise as he juggles his volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. Based on Walter Isaacson’s acclaimed biography.

After the episode: A conversation with director and executive producer Ron Howard, executive producers Brian Grazer and Gigi Pritzker, showrunner Ken Biller, and cast members Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Emily Watson and Samantha Colley.

Elisabeth Moss in “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Photo courtesy of Take Five/Hulu)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, MGM) – New Series World Premiere

DATE: April 21, 2017

Executive Producer: Bruce Miller

Based on Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the story of Gilead, a modern-day totalitarian society facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property. As one of the few fertile women, Offred is forced into sexual servitude in a desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In a society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred has one goal: survive and find the daughter taken from her.

After the episode: A conversation with executive producers Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, and cast members Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, O.T. Fagbenle and Max Minghella. Moderated by The New York Times magazine writer Jenna Wortham.

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“I Am Heath Ledger” (Spike TV) – World Premiere

DATES: April 23, 24, 26 and 27, 2017

Producer/Co-Director: Derik Murray. Co-Director: Adrian Buitenhuis.

Told through excerpts of his greatest performances, interviews with friends and family (including Ben Mendelsohn, Naomi Watts, Ang Lee, and Ben Harper), and the lens of his own camera, “I Am Heath Ledger” is an intimate celebration of the actor, artist, and icon. An artist of exceptional depth and courage, Ledger was equally talented behind the camera. This stirring documentary paints a rich portrait of one of the great artists of his generation.

Jessica Biel in “The Sinner” (Photo by Brownie Harris)

“The Sinner” (USA/Universal Cable Productions) – New Series World Premiere

DATE: April 25, 2017

Executive Producers: Derek Simonds, Jessica Biel, Michelle Purple, Charlie Gogolak

A young mother is overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage and commits a startling act of violence. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the “who” or the “what,”—but the “why.” Soon the investigator finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive. From Universal Cable Productions, The Sinner is a riveting psychological thriller, with a pilot stylishly directed by acclaimed filmmaker Antonio Campos.

After the episode: A conversation with executive producer and director of the pilot Antonio Campos, executive producer Derek Simonds, executive producer and cast member Jessica Biel, and cast members Christopher Abbott and Bill Pullman.

Dwayne Johnson, executive producer of “Soundtracks: Sounds That Defined History” (Photo courtesy of CNN)

“Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History” (CNN)

DATE: April 25 and 26, 2017

Executive Producers: Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre

“Soundtracks” explores seminal moments in history through the music that defines them. Featuring original interviews with legendary musicians as well as celebrated journalists, historians, and writers, the series reveals how music has been a driving force behind social change. In a Tribeca screening at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York, the show will explore how songs like Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” took on new and heightened meaning, as music took center stage for a country fighting to heal. Co-hosted by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

After the episode (April 25): A conversation with CNN “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo and Jason King, professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Moderated by Clifford Chanin, Executive Vice President and Deputy Director for Museum Programs at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

After the episode (April 26): A conversation with executive producers Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupree

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“There’s… Johnny!” (Seeso) – New Series World Premiere

DATE: April 27, 2017

Executive Producers: Paul Reiser, David Steven Simon, David Gordon Green, Jeff Sotzing, Brian Volk-Weiss, Craig Knizek, Cisco Henson, Michael Pelmont, Matt Ochacher, Evan Shapiro, Kelsey Balance.

It’s 1972, and everyone goes to bed together… with Johnny Carson, TV’s biggest star. 19 year old Nebraskan Andy Klavin stumbles his way into a gig as a gofer at Carson’s “The Tonight Show” and into a world that will change his life. “There’s… Johnny!” takes a fictional comedic trip back in time, to go behind the man in front of the curtain, and look at the lives and loves of the people who make all of America laugh.

After the episode: A conversation with creator Paul Reiser, executive producers David Steven Simon and David Gordon Green, and cast members Tony Danza, Ian Nelson and Jane Levy.

Ellie Kemper in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Photo courtesy of Hulu)

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix) – Season 3 World Premiere

DATE: April 28, 2017

Executive Producers: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Jeff Richmond, David Miner.

After living in a cult for 15 years, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. Season 3 opens with Kimmy in an unfamiliar position with the Reverend back in her life. Meanwhile, Titus returns from his cruise and auditions for an exciting new role, and Lillian has to break up with her boyfriend Robert Durst.

After the episode: A conversation with co-creators and executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and cast members Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane. Moderated by “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist.

A still from “The Vietnam War” (Photo courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration)

“The Vietnam War” (PBS) – Special Sneak Peek

DATE: April 28, 2017

Producers: Sarah Botstein, Ken Burns, Lynn Novick.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 10-part, 18-hour documentary series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never been told before. Featuring testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including Americans who fought in the war, those who opposed it, and Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. “The Vietnam War” is an immersive, 360 degree narrative of a seminal period of history.

After the episode: A conversation with filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Pilot Season
For the first time in 2017, Tribeca opened submissions to independently produced TV pilots. This showcase program represents the strongest new voices bringing their talents to the episodic space.

DATES: April 23, 24, 28 and 29, 2017

A still from “Black Magic for White Boys” (Photo by Susan Stava)
  • “Black Magic for White Boys” – World Premiere

Executive Producers: Jamie Block, Ronald Guttman.

An aging magician is about to lose his small New York theater, but has a devilish plan to save it. A middle-aged man finds his sovereignty in jeopardy when he impregnates a woman he barely knows. A real estate mogul is frustrated that he can’t raise the rent on this tenants. These characters converge in Tribeca alum Onur Tukel’s bizarre comic tale about testing boundaries, gentrification, and how old New York is fading away. With: Onur Tukel, Ronald Guttman, Jamie Block.

Melonie Diaz, Jennifer Lafleur and William Janowitz in “Lost & Found”
  • “Lost & Found” – World Premiere

Executive Producers: Haroula Rose, Melonie Diaz

Stella and Ian are separating. But for this modern L.A. couple, that’s nothing to be sad or ashamed about. They decide to host an “un-wedding” party to celebrate. As friends and family descend on their home for the occasion, secrets are revealed and loyalties tested in this comedy-drama about family, friendship, and marriage. With: Melonie Diaz, Will Janowitz, Jennifer LeFleur, Terence Nance, Avi Rothman, Laura Lee Botsacos, Abby Wathen, Nick Thurston, Haroula Rose, Ethan Gold.

A still from “Manic” (Photo by Sandra Valde-Hansen)
  • “Manic” – World Premiere

Executive Producers: Kimberley Browning, Kate Marks.

Aurora Carter, an Ivy League-bound, AP Exam enthusiast finds that her over-achieving obsessiveness lands her in a boarding school for kids with mental illnesses. Now she has a singular goal: prove she doesn’t belong with the rest of the freaks. Determined to fight the system, Aurora makes alliances with the other girls one by one and inspires them to take control of their lives. With: Shanice Williams, Dot-Marie Jones, Russell Andrews, Nicki Micheaux, VyVy Nguyen.

After the screening: Join us for a conversation with the creators.

Passes and tickets for the 2017 Festival
Advance selection ticket packages are now on sale. All advance selection packages can be purchased online at www.tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378).

Also available for purchase now is The Hudson Pass, an all access pass to screenings and talks taking place at BMCC, Regal, Cinepolis Chelsea, and SVA as well as full access to all events at the Festival Hub at Spring Studios, which includes VR and immersive projects, special screenings with music performances, and access to the lounges.

Single tickets cost $21.00 for evening and weekend screenings, $12.00 for weekday matinee screenings, $40.00 for Tribeca Talks panels and special screenings, $30.00 for Tribeca TV, and $40.00 for Tribeca Immersive. Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, March 28 and can be purchased online, by telephone, or at the ticket outlet located at Cinepolis Chelsea (260 W. 23rd Street). The 2017 Festival will offer ticket discounts on general screenings and Tribeca Talks panels for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only.

Packages and passes are now available for purchase on the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival App on iTunes and Google Play.

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: Tribeca Talks slate includes Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Springsteen, Kobe Bryant

March 20, 2017 

by Carla Hay

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The 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival—which takes place April 19 to April 30, 2017 in New York City—has announced which notable entertainers will participate in the festival’s Tribeca Talks program, which features Q&As with the celebrities and behind-the-scenes influencers. The participants include several Oscar winners, such as Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, Common, Bruce Springsteen, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Kathryn Bigelow and Dustin Hoffman. Other participants will include actress Scarlett Johansson, filmmaker Noah Baumbach, basketball star Kobe  Bryant, writer/producer/actress Lena Dunham and filmmaker/actor Jon Favreau.

The 2017 Tribeca Talks series schedule is as follows, according to this excerpt from a press release:

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series: Jon Favreau with Scarlett Johansson.
Jon Favreau and Scarlett Johansson (Photos courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)

Jon Favreau with Scarlett Johansson

DATE: April 21, 2017

Filmmaker Jon Favreau will talk to actress Scarlett Johansson about his distinguished and diverse career as a director, successful across both indie and blockbuster franchises, ranging from the indie hit “Swingers” to the blockbuster “Iron Man” series. He will also discuss his initiation into virtual reality with “Gnomes & Goblins” and the landmark live action effort, “The Jungle Book,” truly embodying the spirit of a director who knows no bounds.

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series - Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Alejandro González Iñárritu. (Photo by B Lacombe)

Alejandro González Iñárritu

DATE: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, one of only three directors to ever win consecutive Oscars and the first to do so in 65 years, will talk about his beautifully varied work on films such as “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,””Biutiful,” “Babel,” “Birdman” and most recently, “The Revenant.” Iñárritu is the first Mexican filmmaker to have been nominated for Best Director and Best Producer in the history of the Academy Awards.

Noah Baumbach with Dustin Hoffman

DATE: April 24, 2017

Dustin Hoffman will speak with director and writer Noah Baumbach about his career, which includes his Academy Award-nominated film “The Squid and the Whale” and the groundbreaking “Frances Ha.”

Tribeca Talks: Virtual Reality

Kathryn Bigelow (Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

Kathryn Bigelow and Imraan Ismail – “The Protectors”

DATE: April 22, 2017

At a special VR premiere, Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and co-creator Imraan Ismail discuss their collaboration on Virtual Reality documentary “The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes.” The experience, from National Geographic, Here Be Dragons, Annapurna Pictures, and African Parks chronicles a day in the life of the rangers in Garamba National Park. Conversation to be followed by the VR premiere.

Tribeca Talks: Storytellers

Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane with Michael Strahan

DATE: April 23, 2017

Basketball great Kobe Bryant collaborated with visionary animator Glen Keane on an animated short film that explores what it is like to say goodbye to something you love. In an onstage conversation led by Hall of Famer, NFL analyst on Fox and co-host of “Good Morning America,” Michael Strahan, Bryant and Keane focus on what story means to them and what it is like to truly step out of your own lane.
After the Movie: Bryant and Keane’s conversation with Michael Strahan will follow a screening of “Dear Basketball,” Kobe Bryant’s inspiring poem, stunningly drawn to life by veteran animation director Glen Keane and set to the music of legendary composer John Williams.

Common (Photo by Marion Curtis/Starpix)

Common with Nelson George

DATE: April 23, 2017

Beginning as a rapper in Chicago, Academy Award, Golden Globe, and three-time Grammy winner Common has crafted an impressive career as a renowned hip-hop artist and notable actor. Director/screenwriter Nelson George joins Common to discuss the power of the combination of film and music.

After the Movie: This conversation will begin with a screening of a never-before-seen extended version of “Letter to the Free,” followed by a conversation with Nelson George and a live performance by Common.

Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner

DATE: April 25, 2017

Initially discovered for her original voice in breakout film “Tiny Furniture,” Lena Dunham has since gone on to win a Golden Globe for her performance in “Girls,” which was created by Dunham and is helmed by Jenni Konner, whose other work includes the series “Help Me Help You.”The duo also co-founded the media brand Lenny, home of the feminist weekly newsletter Lenny Letter (LennyLetter.com). In a can’t miss conversation, Dunham and Konner will discuss “Girls,” the industry, and the highs and lows of their careers.

Bruce Springsteen with Tom Hanks

DATE: April 25, 2017

Bruce Springsteen has had an illustrious career spanning over 40 years of unforgettable cultural achievements. The musician sits down with celebrated actor and longtime friend Tom Hanks to discuss Springsteen’s unique place in American musical history and look forward to the future.

Barbra Streisand with Robert Rodriguez

DATE: April 29, 2017

Widely recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Barbra Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, director, producer, concert performer, author and songwriter. Streisand has been awarded two Oscars®, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys, a special Tony award in 1970, and two CableACE Awards – the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor. She will converse on her unparalleled career and force field of creativity with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

Tribeca Talks: Master Class (Free events)
Tribeca Talks: Master Class are free events featuring conversations focusing on a specific sector of the filmmaking process.

Dolby: Image and Sound Master Class with Imogen Heap

DATE: April 23, 2017

The new animated short film “Escape” utilizes exciting new imaging and sound technologies, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, to present a euphoric vision of the future. Join composer/sound designer Imogen Heap, directors Limbert Fabian and Brandon Oldenburg, and other members of the film’s creative team as they discuss how they used audio technologies to tell this compelling story.

Production and Costume Design Master Class

DATE: April 29, 2017

Kristi Zea, the venerated production designer who has collaborated with directors such as Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme, sits down with a prominent costume designer for a conversation about creating the overall look and feel of film.

Cinematography Master Class

DATE: April 30, 2017

Acclaimed cinematographer Ellen Kuras, frequent collaborator with directors Michel Gondry and Spike Lee, takes you behind the camera, from choosing the right lenses to crafting a specific vision. Academy Award-nominated for her directorial debut documentary film, “The Betrayal – Nerakhoon,” she will offer tips and provide examples from her work on films including “Blow” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

 

Tribeca Talks: Podcasts
This year the Tribeca Film Festival partners with Slate to offer access to podcasts covering culture and political humor, as well as the popular Gilbert Gottfried comedy podcast.

Live from The Tribeca Film Festival: Slate’s Represent

DATE: April 24, 2017

Slate’s “Represent” is a space for discussion about culture created by women, people of color, and those in the LGBTQ community. Host Aisha Harris dives deep into conversations with critics about the latest pop cultural news, and filmmakers in the industry about what they do and how they do it.

Live from The Tribeca Film Festival: Slate’s “Trumpcast”

DATE: April 30, 2017

Get a dose of politics and comedy with Slate’s “Trumpcast Live.” Host Jacob Weisberg is joined by Slate Chief Political Correspondent Jamelle Bouie, author Virginia Heffernan, and more for a frank conversation on the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast! Live

DATE: April 23, 2017

Acclaimed comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried and co-host Frank Santopadre are joined by special celebrity guests for a live recording of their hilarious and informative podcast. Vanity Fair called “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!” “gripping” and the Village Voice named it 2015’s “Best Podcast of the Year.”

Passes and tickets for the 2017 Festival
Advance selection ticket packages are now on sale. All advance selection packages can be purchased online at www.tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378).

Also available for purchase now is The Hudson Pass, an all access pass to screenings and talks taking place at BMCC, Regal, Cinepolis Chelsea, and SVA as well as full access to all events at the Festival Hub at Spring Studios, which includes VR and immersive projects, special screenings with music performances, and access to the lounges.

Single tickets cost $21.00 for evening and weekend screenings, $12.00 for weekday matinee screenings, $40.00 for Tribeca Talks panels and special screenings, $30.00 for Tribeca TV, and $40.00 for Tribeca Immersive. Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, March 28 and can be purchased online, by telephone, or at the ticket outlet located at Cinepolis Chelsea (260 W. 23rd Street). The 2017 Festival will offer ticket discounts on general screenings and Tribeca Talks panels for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only.

Packages and passes are now available for purchase on the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival App on iTunes and Google Play.

Tickets for events at The Beacon Theatre and at Radio City Music Hall are available for purchase online only beginning March 21, 2017.

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Godfather’ reunion, gala premieres, sports films announced

March 8, 2017

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The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival has announced its closing night event, galas, special screenings and the movies premiering under the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival banner.

The complete film selections for Closing Night, Galas, Special Screenings, and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival sections are as follows, from a press release:

CLOSING NIGHT

"The Godfather"
James Caan, Marlon Brando, Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and John Cazale on the set of “The Godfather” (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

The 45th anniversary of “The Godfather” screening followed by “The Godfather Part II” and conversation

The Godfather & The Godfather: Part II, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. (USA). Arguably two of the best films ever made, and winners of nine Academy Awards between them, Coppola’s epic masterpieces paint a chilling, multigenerational portrait of the Corleone crime family’s rise and near fall from power in America. Tribeca celebrates the legacy of one of the most influential film sagas of all time with this anniversary screening and reunion event. Part I: With Marlon Brando, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, Talia Shire, John Cazale, Abe Vigoda. In English, Italian, Latin with subtitles. Part II: With Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, William Bowers, James Caan, John Cazale, Giuseppe Sillato, Lee Strasberg. In English, Italian, Latin, Sicilian, Spanish with subtitles.

After the Movie: A 45th anniversary conversation with Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro.

GALAS

 "Can't Stop, Won't Stop: The Bad Boy Story"
A scene from “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story” (Photo courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story, directed by Daniel Kaufman. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. A raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Sean “Diddy” Combs aka Puff Daddy, as he tries to reunite his Bad Boy Family in the course of a frantic three-week rehearsal period. This Live Nation Productions documentary finds him reuniting with the biggest names from Bad Boy’s history for a wildly successful pair of concerts at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center. With Notorious B.I.G., Ma$e, Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, Total.

The Circle, directed by James Ponsoldt, written by James Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity. With Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton. An STXfilms release.

TRIBECA/ESPN SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL GALA
Sponsored by Mohegan Sun

"Mike and the Mad Dog"
A film still from “Mike and the Mad Dog” (Photo courtesy of ESPN Films)

Mike and the Mad Dog, directed by Daniel H. Forer. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Dive into the inner workings of one of the sports world’s most unlikely partnerships: Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, the voices that launched a thousand sports radio imitators. The hosts, their colleagues, and a who’s-who of sports heavyweights tell the story of their surprise rise to stardom and 19 years as the iconic voices of New York sports. An ESPN Films release.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Blues Planet: Triptych, directed and written by Wyland. (USA) – World Premiere. “Blues Planet: Triptych” the Gulf Oil Spill disaster and its aftermath through environmental artist Wyland who, along with 30 of today’s pre-eminent artists, recorded a new genre of global blues on the catastrophe’s anniversary.

After the Movie: Taj Mahal and the Wyland Blues Planet Ban will perform.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, directed and written by Alexandra Dean. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Known for her unmatched beauty, Hedy Lamarr’s fans never knew she also possessed a beautiful mind. Immigrating to Hollywood in the 1940s, Lamarr acted by day and sketched inventions by night, even devising a “secret communication system” for the Allies to beat the Nazis. “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” reveals how Lamarr gave her patent away to the Army, receiving no credit for her engineering innovations, even as she was immortalized as a legend of the silver screen. Executive produced by Susan Sarandon. With Mel Brooks, Diane Kruger, Peter Bogdanovich, Denise Loder DeLuca, Anthony Loder, Richard Rhodes.

After the Movie: Tribeca Film Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will host an exclusive panel with director Alexandra Dean and prominent women in both entertainment and STEM, focusing on how both groups have been historically underrepresented in their respective fields.

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide, directed by Kimberly Senior, written by Chris Gethard. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. In this deeply personal and profoundly funny one man show, comedian Chris Gethard dives deep into his own personal struggles with mental health issues. He will have you laughing at stories of Barb his therapist one minute, then revealing incredibly personal experiences the next, using comedy to lend insight in a way that only humor can. An HBO release.

After the Movie: A conversation with comedian/actor/writer Chris Gethard and fellow comedians.

Dare to be Different, directed by Ellen Goldfarb, written by Jay Reiss. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Featuring interviews and rare footage of U2, Blondie, Duran Duran, Joan Jett, The Cure, Billy Idol, and Depeche Mode, “Dare to Be Different” is a nostalgic look at WLIR 92.7, the radio station that introduced these bands to a US audience. Director Ellen Goldfarb tells the story of the rise and fall of this institution, and the birth of the punk and new wave communities. With Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Billy Idol, and others.

After the movie: A live music tribute to WLIR from A Flock of Seagulls, The English Beat, and The Alarm.

The Exception, directed by David Leveaux, written by Simon Burke. (U.K., USA) – US Premiere, Narrative. A riveting World War II thriller, “The Exception” follows German soldier Stefan Brandt, tasked with investigating exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II, only to find himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with mysterious housemaid Mieke. When Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, comes for an unexpected visit, secrets are revealed, allegiances tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart. With Christopher Plummer, Jai Courtney, Lily James, Janet McTeer, Eddie Marsan, Ben Daniels. A DirecTV/A24 release.

After the movie: A conversation with director David Leveaux and actor Christopher Plummer.

From the Ashes, directed by Michael Bonfiglio. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary.  “From the Ashes” captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. “From the Ashes” invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

Before the movie: Special introduction by three-term Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.
After the movie: A conversation with director Michael Bonfiglio and special guests to discuss the state of the American coal industry.

House of Z, directed by Sandy Chronopoulos, written by Sandy Chronopoulos, Sherien Barsoum. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Zac Posen rocketed to fashion stardom at a young age with his unique design aesthetic and charismatic presence, becoming one the most recognizable faces in the business today. But like any journey to great success it hasn’t come without cost. Sandy Chronopoulos’ film looks past the glamor of the red carpet and the runway to shine a light on the trials and tribulations of running one of the country’s most successful fashion houses. With Naomi Campbell, Sean Diddy Combs aka Puff Daddy, André Leon Talley, Paz de la Huerta.

After the movie: A conversation with director Sandy Chronopoulos and the film’s subject Zac Posen.

Intent to Destroy, directed by Joe Berlinger, written by Joe Berlinger, Cy Christiansen. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Embedding himself on the epic film set of Terry George’s “The Promise” (starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale), Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger takes an unwavering look at the Armenian genocide after a century of denial by the Turkish government and its strategic allies. A cinematic window into the historical and emotional web of responsibility.

After the movie: A conversation with director/screenwriter Joe Berlinger, poet and nonfiction writer Peter Balakian, composer Serj Tankian and producer Eric Esrailian.

Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait, directed and written by Pappi Corsicato. (Italy) – World Premiere, Documentary. A titan of painting and filmmaking, Julian Schnabel’s art is among the most important work of the late 20th and early 21st century. “Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait” captures the artist in the studio and at home, incorporates archival footage and private home videos, and interviews family and friends to build a complex image of the man and his work. With Al Pacino, Willem Dafoe, Bono, Emmanuelle Seigner, Vito Schnabel. A Cohen Media release.

After the movie: A conversation with director Pappi Corsicato and the film’s subject Julian Schnabel.

Paris Can Wait, directed and written by Eleanor Coppola. (USA) – New York Premiere, Narrative. Long married to a successful but inattentive film producer, Anne is at a crossroads in her life. Enter Jacques, a French bon vivant, who offers to drive Anne from Cannes to Paris. What begins as an innocent favor quickly turns into an unexpectedly wandering road trip filled with fine cuisine and looming romance. Eleanor Coppola’s elegant journey takes us to the heart of a woman surprised to find long-buried memories resurface and unforeseen attraction arise. With Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin, Arnaud Viard. A Sony Pictures Classics release.

After the movie: A food and film experience inspired by Paris Can Wait.

The Public Image is Rotten, directed by Tabbert Fiiller. (USA) – World Premiere. Within months of the demise of the Sex Pistols in 1978, lead singer Johnny Rotten (aka John Lydon) formed post-punk outfit Public Image Ltd., an innovative and influential band which has accumulated a legion of fans since its founding. In this incisive, entertaining doc, Lydon opens up the book on his decades as a music provocateur, while past and present band members fill in the gaps and add their perspectives. With Thurston Moore, Flea, Adam Horovitz, Moby.

After the movie: A conversation with director Tabbert Fiiller and the film’s subject John Lydon a.k.a. Johnny Rotten.

The Third Industrial Revolution, directed by Oliver Ressler, Eddy Moretti. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. The global economy is in crisis. Economists warn that we face 20 more years of declining productivity, slow growth, rising unemployment, and steep inequality. And now, climate change is ravaging the planet. Where do we go from here? Economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin outlines a journey into the Third Industrial Revolution — a new era of sustainable development, accompanied by vast new economic opportunities in a smart green digital global economy.

After the Movie: A conversation with director Eddy Moretti and economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin.”

Warning: This Drug May Kill You, directed by Perri Peltz. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. “Warning: This Drug May Kill You” takes an unflinching look at the devastating effects of opioid addiction in the U.S., profiling four families whose lives have been decimated by addictions that all began with legitimate prescriptions to dangerous painkillers. Through the personal and emotional stories of people on the front lines of this epidemic, this filmis an eye-opening look at a terrifying epidemic that is devastating communities across this country, and the toll it has taken on its victims and their families. An HBO Documentary release.

After the Movie: A conversation with Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research Collaborative Brandeis University; Gail Cole, film subject and co-founder, Hope and Healing After an Addiction Death; and producer Sascha Weiss. Moderated by the film’s director Perri Peltz.

RETROSPECTIVES
Tribeca will provide a nod to the past with these three special screenings:

“Aladdin” (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Picture)

Aladdin, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, written by Ron Clements & John Musker and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. (USA). Disney’s beloved animated masterpiece will make your heart race and your spirit soar. Experience the laughter, adventure and Academy Award-winning music (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World,” Original Score) on the big screen at Tribeca’s 25th anniversary celebration for the whole family. With Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried.

Before the Movie: Join Brad Kane, the singing voice of Aladdin, for a special 25th anniversary performance of a soundtrack favorite before the screening.

Bowling for Columbine, directed by Michael Moore. (USA). In 2002, Michael Moore explored the roots of America’s relationships with guns and the firearms industry following the devastating mass shooting at Columbine High School. The film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary. In the current moment of frequent mass shootings and ongoing legislative battles, 15 years after the film’s release, Moore’s confrontational documentary remains relevant as ever.

After the Movie: On the 15th anniversary of the documentary, and on the exact day of the massacre 18 years ago, a conversation with director Michael Moore and others on the timeliness of the film today.

Reservoir Dogs, directed and written by Quentin Tarantino. (USA). They were perfect strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Then their simple robbery explodes into a bloody ambush and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informant. But which one? Twenty-five years ago, auteur filmmaker Quentin Tarantino reinvigorated cinema with his singular voice in his canonical feature “Reservoir Dogs.” He has generously provided a 35mm print from his archive for this special 25th anniversary screening. With Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino.

After the Movie: A 25th anniversary conversation with director Quentin Tarantino and cast from the film.

TRIBECA/ESPN SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL
Sponsored by Mohegan Sun
The 11th annual Tribecas/ESPN Sports Film Festival, the premier showcase of sports and competition films, offers sports fans and film buffs alike the opportunity to screen new films that are changing the sports landscape. The section features stories about some of the greatest, and in some cases unknown teams, competitions, and superior athletes.

Features:

Liev Schreiber in "Chuck"
Liev Schreiber as Chuck Wepner in Philippe Falardeau’s Liev Schreiber in “Chuck.” (Photo courtesy of IFC Films)

Chuck, directed by Philippe Falardeau, written by Jeff Feuerzeig, Jerry Stahl. (USA) – US Premiere. Chuck is the true story of Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber), the man who inspired the billion-dollar film series Rocky—a liquor salesman from New Jersey who went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali. Wepner suffered numerous losses, knockouts, and broken noses in his 10 years in the ring, and lived an epic life of drugs, booze, and wild women outside of it. With Elisabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Naomi Watts, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport. An IFC Films release.

Mike and the Mad Dog, directed by Daniel H. Forer. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Dive into the inner workings of one of the sports world’s most unlikely partnerships: Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, the voices that launched a thousand sports radio imitators. The hosts, their colleagues, and a who’s-who of sports heavyweights tell the story of their surprise rise to stardom and 19 years as the iconic voices of New York sports. An ESPN Films release.

No Stone Unturned, directed by Alex Gibney. (USA, Northern Ireland) – World Premiere. In 1994, six men were gunned down and five wounded in a pub while watching a World Cup soccer match in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland. With a police investigation that was perfunctory at best, the case remained unsolved. In this non-fiction murder mystery, Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney reopens the original case to investigate why no culprit was ever brought to justice.

Sambá, directed by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas, written by Ettore D’Alessandro, Carolina Encarnacion. (Dominican Republic) – World Premiere. Cisco has his back against the ropes. After spending 15 years in an American jail, he’s returned to the Dominican Republic yet is unable to get a job, a problem compounded by his mother’s ailing health and his younger brother’s delinquent habits. To make money, he’s resorted to illegal street fighting. But Cisco finds a possible salvation in Nichi, an Italian ex-boxer who sees dollar signs in Cisco’s gritty fighting skills. With Algenis Pérez Soto, Ettore D’Alessandro, Laura Gómez, Ricardo A. Toribio. In Spanish with subtitles.

Year of the Scab, directed by John Dorsey. (USA) – World Premiere. During the 1987 NFL strike, teams scrambled to assemble temporary replacements to fill in for their boycotting players. The Washington Redskins were notable for their “scabs,” a collection of cast-offs who nonetheless rode a surprising wave of momentum against all odds. “Year of the Scab” revisits this ultimate underdog story and the men whose ordinary lives were interrupted. Those so-called “scabs” helped break the strike and bring their team to victory, only to struggle for their place in the sports history books.
An ESPN Films release.

Shorts:

The Amazing Adventures of Wally and the Worm, directed by Colin Hanks. (USA) – New York Premiere. When Dennis Rodman hurts his knee with four weeks to go in the Chicago Bulls ’96-’97 NBA championship season, young assistant trainer Wally Blasé is assigned to oversee his rehab, and the two forge a close friendship over 10 wild days of fast living recounted by director Colin Hanks through animation and first-person confessions. Short Program: Sports Shorts

Bump & Spike, directed by Michael Jacobs. (USA) – World Premiere. The spectacular rise and fall of the International Professional Volleyball Association, which existed between 1975–1980 complete with “party lifestyle,” rocking arena matches and stars on the court and in the stands, is chronicled in this Michael Jacobs-directed film. Short Program: Sports Shorts

The Counterfeiter, directed by Brian Biegel. (USA) – World Premiere. Featuring actual wiretapped phone calls and surveillance video, this film explores how the FBI brought down the largest counterfeit operation in U.S. history during the summer of 1998, thanks to the help of some major league baseball players. Short Program: Sports Shorts

Resurface, directed by Josh Izenberg, Wynn Padula. (USA) – New York Premiere. Struggling with trauma and depression after his military service, Iraq war veteran Bobby Lane wants to cross surfing off his bucket list before taking his life. Short Program: Surf’s Up

Revolution in the Ring, directed by Jason Sklaver. (USA) – World Premiere. The story of Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, who in 1962 chose to stay in his home country rather than defect, this film examines through the lens of Cuban-American politics how his life and the life of the Cuban people were dramatically altered by the embargo. In English, Spanish with subtitles. Short Program: Sports Shorts

Run Mama Run, directed by Daniele Anastasion. (USA) – World Premiere. “Run Mama Run” is an examination of motherhood and athleticism through the eyes of Sarah Brown, an elite track athlete who will continue to train through pregnancy and postpartum with help of her trainer and husband Darren Brown. Short Program: Sports Shorts

Under an Arctic Sky, directed by Chris Burkard, written by Ben Weiland, Chris Burkard. (USA) – World Premiere. A group of surfers along with photographer Chris Burkard journey to Iceland’s north coast in search of perfect waves during the largest storm to make landfall in 25 years. Short Program: Surf’s Up

Passes and tickets for the 2017 Festival
Advance selection ticket packages are now on sale. All advance selection packages can be purchased online at www.tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378).

Also available for purchase now is The Hudson Pass, an all access pass to screenings and talks taking place at BMCC, Regal, Cinepolis Chelsea, and SVA as well as full access to all events at the Festival Hub at Spring Studios, which includes VR and immersive projects, special screenings with music performances, and access to the lounges.

Single tickets cost $21.00 for evening and weekend screenings, $12.00 for weekday matinee screenings, $40.00 for Tribeca Talks panels and special screenings, $30.00 for Tribeca TV, and $40.00 for Tribeca Immersive. Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, March 28 and can be purchased online, by telephone, or at the ticket outlet located at Cinepolis Chelsea (260 W. 23rd Street). The 2017 Festival will offer ticket discounts on general screenings and Tribeca Talks panels for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only.

Packages and passes are now available for purchase on the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival App on iTunes and Google Play.

Tickets for events at The Beacon Theatre and at Radio City Music Hall are available for purchase online only beginning March 21, 2017.

2017 South by Southwest: What to expect at this year’s SXSW event

March 8, 2017

by Carla Hay

SXSW 2016
The exhibit space at SXSW 2016 (Photo by Lisa Hause)

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals (held every year in Austin, Texas) is arguably the best-known event in the U.S. that combines music, film, interactive and convergence programming. The 31st annual SXSW event takes place from March 10 to March 19, 2017.

New for 2017, the Interactive, Film, and Music badges will now include expanded access to more of the SXSW  Conference & Festivals experience. Attendees will still receive primary entry to programming associated with their badge type but now also enjoy secondary access to most other SXSW events.

Here are some of the anticipated highlights of the festival:

Keynote speakers

The lineup of SXSW keynote speakers includes:

  • Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States
  • Garth Brooks, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter
  • Lee Daniels, Oscar-nominated filmmaker/TV producer (“Precious,” “Empire”)
  • James Baker, FBI general counsel (He replaces FBI director James Comey, who cancelled his appearance at the event.)
  • Jennifer Doudna, Ph. D., University of California at Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology and chemistry
  • Gareth Edwards, director (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Godzilla”)
  • Adam Grant, Wharton School of Business teacher/author
  • Yasmin Green, Jigsaw director of research and development
  • Zane Lowe, Beats 1 creative director/Los Angeles anchor
  • Cory Richards, professional climber/visual storyteller
  • Nile Rodgers, Grammy-winning producer/songwriter
  • Jessica Shortall, Texas Competes managing director
  • Jill Soloway, award-winning TV producer (“Transparent”)

Meanwhile, featured speakers include actor/filmmaker Seth Rogen, New Jersey U.S. senator Cory Booker, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, fasion designer Marc Jacobs, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards,  WWE star/actor John Cena, rocker Sammy Hagar and “Game  of Thrones” executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.

Music Performances

The Chainsmokers
Andrew Taggart of the Chainsmokers (Photo courtesy of Image Group LA/ABC)

There are about 2,000 artists who perform at SXSW every year. In 2017, some of the biggest names include the Chainsmokers, Ryan Adams, the Avett Brothers, the New Pornographers, Sylvan Esso and Bilal.

Movie Premieres

Jake Gyllenhaal in "Life"
Jake Gyllenhaal in “Life” (Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures)

SXSW has a wide variety of feature-length and short films. Here are some of the more high-profile feature films that will have their world premieres at the festival: “Atomic Blonde” (action thriller starring Charlize Theron); “Life” (sci-fi thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal); “The Disaster Artist” (directed by and starring James Franco); “Song to Song” (directed by Terrence Malick and starring Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara); and “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers” (music documentary directed by Judd Apatow).

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2017 Tribeca Film Festival: lineup of short films announced

March 7, 2017

by Carla Hay

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Salma Hayek in "11th Hour"
Salma Hayek in “11th Hour” (Photo by Cathal Watters)

Salma Hayek, Casey Wilson, Bobby Cannavale, John Tuturro and Kieran Culkin are among the stars of 57 short films that will premiere at the 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, which will take place April 19 to 30, 2017, at various locations in New York City. The first Tribeca Film Festival (which was co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff) launched in 2002, in order to revitalize business in downtown Manhattan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

According to the Tribeca Film Festival, a record 4,385 short films were submitted for this year’s event. Of those selected, 40 percent of the short films were directed by women, and 40 percent are films from outside the United States. The short films will be presented in 10 distinct competition programs, consisting of five narrative, four documentary, and, for the second year, one animated program. In addition, there is the Sports Shorts program as part of the 11th annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, sponsored by Mohegan Sun.  The Shorts program is sponsored by Nutella Originals.

The following information is an excerpt from a Tribeca Film Festival press release:

Tribeca Film Festival has several first-time documentary shorts programs this year including “S.O.S.,” which focuses on kindness to each other and planet Earth, and “Surf’s Up!,” which will have an extended Q&A following the premiere with the filmmakers and their subjects. The always popular New York program this year is aptly called “Group Therapy.”

Recipients of the Tribeca Film Festival awards for Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short will qualify for consideration in the Academy Awards’ Short Films category, provided the film complies with Academy rules. Since 2004 (with the exception of 2007), Tribeca’s program has included a short that has been nominated and/or won in one of these two categories. From last year’s Festival selection, three shorts that world premiered at Tribeca were nominated for Oscars: “Joe’s Violin,” “Pearl,” and “Extremis,” which was the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Award winner for Best Documentary Short.

Tribeca Film festival also bestows a Student Visionary Award, and this year for the first time, a Best Animated Short Award.

Tribeca Film Festival Shorts Program, sponsored by Nutella Originals’ Spread the Happy series, includes:

Animated Shorts Curated by Whoopi G
The Animated shorts program showcases imaginative storytelling and captivating craft.
This program is suggested for those 14 and older.

A film still from "Curpigeon"
A film still from “Curpigeon” (Photo by Dmitry Milkin)

Curpigeon, directed and written by Dmitry Milkin. (USA) – New York Premiere. A heartwarming story about the power of community support during a time of grief, this action-oriented CG-animated short film centers around a group of park pigeons and their old men pals who come together to help one of their own get through a great loss.

Summer Camp Island, directed and written by Julia Pott. (USA) – New York Premiere. Oscar has to accept that his totally normal sleepover with Hedgehog isn’t going to be totally normal.

Odd is an Egg (Odd er et egg), directed by Kristin Ulseth, written by Maria Avramova, Kristin Ulseth. (Norway) – North American Premiere. Odd is terrified of his head – until one day he falls in love with Gunn and his life is turned upside down, freeing him from his worries in the most expected way. In Norwegian with subtitles.

Angel (Mon Ange), directed and written by Gregory Casares. (Switzerland) – International Premiere. Eva and Mr. Corbeau have long felt a reciprocal affection and attraction, but the world of humans and the world of animals don’t mix – until one autumn evening, at the masked ball organized by Eva’s father in honour of his daughter.

The Talk: True Stories About The Birds & The Bees, directed and written by Alain Delannoy. (Canada) – New York Premiere. There are things in life you never forget. One of them, like it or not, is “The Talk.”

Second to None, directed and written by Vincent Gallagher. (Ireland) – New York Premiere. Second to None is a black comedy in stop motion about the world’s second-oldest man who learns that ambition can be a killer.

Escape, directed by Limbert Fabian, Brandon Oldenburg, written by Limbert Fabian, Brandon Oldenburg, Angus McGilpin. (USA) – World Premiere. A euphoric vision of the future is presented through this cinematic poem about the challenging yet world-changing power of invention as a lone space explorer crash-lands on a desolate planet and must find a way to make her new home habitable.

Dear Basketball, directed by Glen Keane, written by Kobe Bryant. (USA) – World Premiere. Kobe Bryant’s inspiring poem Dear Basketball is stunningly drawn to life by veteran animation director Glen Keane and set to the music of legendary composer John Williams.

Shorts: Disconnected
Communication is key in the struggle to be heard

A film still from "Wave"
A scene from “Wave” (Photo by Burschi Wojnar)

Wave, directed by Benjamin Cleary, TJ O’Grady-Peyton, written by Benjamin Cleary. (Ireland) – World Premiere. A sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking story of a very isolated person, Wave tells the story of Gaspar Rubicon, who wakes up from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language, baffling linguistics experts from around the globe.

Big City, directed by Jordan Bond, Lachlan Ryan, written by Jordan Bond. (Australia) – New York Premiere. Vijay, a lonely taxi driver who recently moved to Melbourne, picks up Chris, a stray drunk who befriends him, and over the course of the night, Chris experiences some of Vijay’s troubles and Vijay learns to see the city in a new light.

Big Sister (Ahotcha), directed and written by Michal Gassner. (Israel) – International Premiere. Gili has a clear and violent agenda towards male sexual offenders, and finds it difficult to comprehend the limits of her power to repair the world when she discovers her younger brother is suspended from school for a similar violation. In Hebrew with subtitles.

Life Boat, directed and written by Lorraine Nicholson. (USA) – World Premiere. Six teenagers are led into an intriguing game of survival by their guidance counselor.

The Navigator (Kartleseren), directed and written by Mikal Hovland. (Norway) – World Premiere. A film about trust, human vulnerability, and the fragility of power, The Navigator focuses on Jon, who gets the chance of his lifetime reading the pacenotes for his big brother in the upcoming rally championship, but is distracted by a new girl in town. In Norwegian with subtitles.

The Suitcase, directed and written by Abi Damaris Corbin. (USA) – World Premiere. The ordinary life of a Boston bred baggage handler is turned upside down when he steals a suitcase that contains terrorist plans. Inspired by true events on 9/11.

Shorts: Human Condition
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

A film still from "Shooting War"
A film still from “Curpigeon” (Photo by Ivan Verlaan)

Shooting War, directed by Aeyliya Husain. (Canada) – World Premiere. TIME magazine photographer Franco Pagetti tells the stories behind three photographs as a metaphor for the Iraq War to reveal the impact the conflict has had on a country, a region, and the world.

Skull + Bone, directed by Victoria Rivera. (USA) – World Premiere. For 200 years every Mardi Gras has started the same way: Dressed as skeletons, armed with bones, the Northside Skull and Bone Gang wake the city before dawn with drums, chants and ceremonial knocking on doors to warn people against violence, gunplay and other negative influences on the streets.

Revolving Doors, directed and written by James Burns. (USA) – World Premiere. A portrait of American recidivism produced over a span of two years, Revolving Doors follows Jason, who, despite attempts to retain meaningful employment, fails and returns to prison, devastating his family.

White Riot: London, directed by Rubika Shah, written by Ed Gibbs, Rubika Shah. (U.K.) – New York Premiere. This experimental music documentary explores how a generation united against the neo-Nazi National Front in 1970s Britain through a punk fanzine, with black and white coming together through popular culture at a terrifying time of turmoil and division.

Water Warriors, directed by Michael Premo. (Canada, USA) – New York Premiere. When an energy company begins searching for natural gas in New Brunswick, Canada, indigenous and white families unite to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and way of life.

Shorts: Last Exit
On the road of life there is no turning back

A scene from “Oh Damn” (Photo by Nate Cornett)

Oh Damn, directed and written by Pat Bishop and Matt Ingebretson. (USA) – World Premiere. After smoking too much weed on his way to meet a friend at the movie theater, Matt’s altered perception hurls him into a dark, surreal series of events that unfold across the theater.

Don’t Mess With Julie Whitfield, directed and written by Amy Barham. (USA) – New York Premiere. Julie Whitfield ALWAYS heads the Oak Tree Elementary School Fall Fantasy Fundraiser planning committee, so when new parent Rachel attempts a coup, it leads to a bloody battle that only one woman can survive.

Cul-De-Sac, directed by Damon Russell, written by Shawn Christensen. (USA) – New York Premiere. Parents living at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac discover a listening device inside their son’s teddy bear.

Retouch, directed and written by Kaveh Mazaheri. (Iran) – International Premiere. Maryam’s husband has an accident at home and, rather than saving him, she stops helping and watches him die. In Persian with subtitles.

Buckets, directed and written by Julia Jones. (USA) – North American Premiere. A girl learns the brutal sacrifices it takes to satisfy her love.

Baraka, directed by Néstor Ruiz Medina, written by Néstor Ruiz Medina, Juan Luis Cordero. (Spain) – US Premiere. In the months before the war in Iraq, two close brothers are forced to separate, soon meeting again when the war is in full swing, but neither is the same. In Arabic, English, Spanish with subtitles.

Shorts: New York – Group Therapy
Everyone wants to share.

Bobby Cannavale and John Turturro in “Hair” (Photo by Marissa Kraxberger)

Hair, directed by John Turturro, written by Bobby Cannavale and John Turturro. (USA) – World Premiere. An unscripted dialogue between John Turturro and Bobby Cannavale about a man’s particularness about his hair.

Lemon, directed and written by Timothy Michael Cooper. (USA) – World Premiere. Seconds after the wedding, a bride is stunned to learn that her new husband fudged nearly everything about his past, his family, and his accomplishments—but his revelations force her to come clean about a few shocking secrets of her own.

Approaching a Breakthrough, directed and written by Noah Pritzker. (USA) – World Premiere. Back in New York after a stint in Los Angeles, Norman Kaminsky has a terrible argument with his girlfriend just before running into a string of characters from his past – and despite his best efforts, Norman can’t seem to run away from his problems.

Joy Joy Nails, directed and written by Joey Ally. (USA) – World Premiere. Sarah manages Joy Joy Nails with a cheerful iron fist – but she gets her manicured claws out when Chinese Mia, a manicurist trainee, looks to be stealing the boss’s son’s affections, soon discovering that under the varnish, everyone’s a victim. In English, Korean, Mandarin with subtitles.

The Beehive, directed and written by Jacobie Gray. (Australia) – World Premiere. A superstar socialite seeks revenge when the artist who made her famous finds a younger muse.

Where There’s Smoke, directed by Evan Ari Kelman, written by Evan Ari Kelman, Parker Hill. (USA) – World Premiere. After a tragic accident, a firefighter must convince the city commissioner he’s able to return to the line of duty.

11th Hour, directed by Jim Sheridan, written by Jim Sheridan, Oskar Slingerland. (Ireland, Mexico) – International Premiere. Based on a true story, 11th Hour recounts how, on the evening of 9/11, Maria José’s bar is heaving with locals united in grief and a building rage; a cop pulls his gun and when a surprise visitor enters Maria has to seize the moment to take back control. In English, Spanish with subtitles.

Shorts: Postcards
Five female-centric stories where the past meets the present

Claudia Gusmano in "Viola, Franca"
Claudia Gusmano in “Viola, Franca” Photo by Giulia Fassina)

Viola, Franca, directed by Marta Savina, written by Marta Savina, Andrea Brusa. (Italy) – World Premiere. It’s Sicily in 1965, and Franca is forced to marry her rapist to avoid becoming a pariah in her traditionalist community, but she rebels against the established custom and sets a precedent that alters the course of Italian history, paving the way for women’s rights. In Italian, Sicilian with subtitles.

Fry Day, directed by Laura Moss, written by Laura Moss, Brendan O’Brien. (USA) – New York Premiere. A teenage girl comes of age against the backdrop of Ted Bundy’s execution in 1989.

Dive (Salta), directed by Marianne Amelinckx. (Venezuela) – World Premiere. Julia goes back to the pool and remembers that, sometimes, life challenges ourselves to keep going and make decisions. In Spanish with subtitles.

Tokyo Project, directed and written by Richard Shepard. (USA) – World Premiere. On a business trip to Tokyo, Sebastian explores the city with a mysterious woman he keeps running into wherever he goes, discovering heartbreakingly that the truth, and the past, are as elusive as love.

Little Bird, directed by Georgia Oakley, written by Emily Taaffe. (U.K.) – World Premiere. Against the backdrop of 1941 London, Little Bird explores how far one young woman will go to create a new life for herself when the women of Great Britain are called upon to aid the war effort.

Shorts: S.O.S.
Helping each other and our planet in these troubled times

A scene from "Mother's Day"
A scene from “Mother’s Day” (Photo by Elizabeth Lo)

Mother’s Day, directed by Elizabeth Lo, co-directed by R.J. Lozada. (USA) – World Premiere. The impact of mass incarceration on a generation of youth is explored through an annual Mother’s Day charity bus journey that takes children from across California to visit their mothers in prison.

The Good Fight, directed and written by Ben Holman, written by Ben Holman. (Brazil, U.K., USA) – World Premiere. Following a personal tragedy, Alan Duarte opens his own boxing gym to offer salvation and hope to others in the notorious gun violence- ridden favela in Rio de Janeiro where he was born and lives. In Portuguese with subtitles.

Silo: Edge of the Real World, directed by Marshall Burnette. (USA) – World Premiere. In this meditation on life in one of the small towns that feeds America, a young farmer and a high school senior each grapple with the dangers of farm life.

The Rugby Boys of Memphis, directed by David Darg. (USA) – New York Premiere. Follow the rise of an inner-city Memphis high school’s first rugby team and see the ways in which, for these boys, the unlikely sport is much more than a game.

For Flint, directed by Brian Schulz, written by Brian Schulz, Sharika Ajaikumar, Katharina Stroh. (USA) – World Premiere. In the face of a federal emergency deeming its drinking water unsafe for consumption, Flint’s resilient citizens rally together to forge a new narrative that is hopeful and optimistic.

Blues Planet: Triptych, directed and written by Wyland. (USA) – World Premiere. Blues Planet: Triptych explores the Gulf Oil Spill disaster and its aftermath through environmental artist Wyland who, along with 30 of today’s pre-eminent artists, recorded a new genre of global blues on the catastrophe’s anniversary.

Shorts: Surf’s Up!
Be it surfing for solace or in one of the coldest places on earth, catch the waves

Martin Pollock in "Resurface"
Martin Pollock in “Resurface” (Photo by Wynn Padula)

Resurface, directed by Josh Izenberg, Wynn Padula. (USA) – New York Premiere. Struggling with trauma and depression after his military service, Iraq war veteran Bobby Lane wants to cross surfing off his bucket list before taking his life.

Under an Arctic Sky, directed by Chris Burkard, written by Ben Weiland, Chris Burkard. (USA) – World Premiere. A group of surfers along with photographer Chris Burkard journey to Iceland’s north coast in search of perfect waves during the largest storm to make landfall in 25 years.

Shorts: Viewfinder
Framing personal impressions of the past

Hilda O'Connell in "Hilda"
Hilda O’Connell in “Hilda” (Photo by Greg Harriott)

Hilda, directed and written by Kiira Benzing. (USA) – World Premiere. Hilda is a realist tribute to octogenarian New Yorker artist Hilda O’Connell who lived shoulder-to-shoulder with the great Abstract Expressionist painters in the ’50s and became a member of the Aegis Gallery in the ’60s.

The Spring, directed by Delaney Buffett, written by Chloe Corner, Delaney Buffett, Katie Corwin. (USA) – World Premiere. In August 2016, seven female filmmakers, all under the age of 25, traveled to Central Florida to film the women of Weeki Wachee Springs, for whom performing daily mermaid shows is more than a job – it’s a craft.

The Godfather of Fitness, directed by Rade Popović, written by Zoran Amar, Rade Popović. (USA, Serbia) – World Premiere. The Godfather of Fitness tells the improbable story of how an ambitious boy from California, obsessed with grueling workouts and good nutrition, became one of the most respected men in the world of fitness.

Love the Sinner, directed by Jessica Devaney, Geeta Gandbhir, written by Jessica Devaney. (USA) – World Premiere. Love the Sinner explores the Evangelical roots of homophobia in the wake of the Pulse shooting.

Watched, directed by Katie Mitchell. (USA) – World Premiere. An intimate and moving exploration of the experience of coming of age – under the gaze of state surveillance.

Woody’s Order!, directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger, written by Daniel A. Miller, Ann Talman. (USA) – World Premiere. Actress Ann Talman finally performs the solo show she wrote for her muse: her brother with cerebral palsy.

Shorts: Your Heart’s Desire (Narrative)
The things you want most are often deeply hidden

A scene from "Alive"
A scene from “Alive” (Photo courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)

Alive, directed and written by Sung Hwan Kim. (South Korea) – International Premiere. A 100-meter sprinter faces challenges around the end of his career and his life. In Korean with subtitles.

Again, directed by Alexis Jacknow, written by Bekah Brunstetter. (USA) – World Premiere. A man watches Groundhog Day over and over and over again.

The World In Your Window, directed and written by Zoe McIntosh. (New Zealand) – North American Premiere. Squeezed into a tiny caravan, eight-year-old Jesse and his grief-stricken father are in limbo, existing more than living – until an accidental friendship with a V8-driving transsexual unlocks the means for Jesse to liberate his father and himself.

Iron Hands (), directed and written by Johnson Cheng. (USA, China) – World Premiere. As a 12-year-old girl prepares for her final test trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team, she makes an unlikely connection with the gym’s reclusive groundskeeper. In Chinese with subtitles.

The Escape, directed and written by Paul Franklin. (U.K.) – World Premiere. The Escape asks whether one day we’ll all dream of ordinary lives via the story of Lambert, a normal man who, out of his element in a dangerous part of town, negotiates with the mysterious Kellan for the chance to escape into a fantasy of his own choosing.

The Foster Portfolio directed and written by Danielle Katvan. (USA) – World Premiere. Based on the original short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., The Foster Portfolio is an offbeat mid-century tale about a rookie investment counselor who discovers that his penniless client is hiding a million-dollar inheritance in order to conceal a strange double life.

Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival: Sports Shorts, Sponsored by Mohegan Sun
A spectrum of stories, styles, and sports, this collection of athletically-minded short films will take audiences on a decades-spanning journey through some of the most unexpected and entertaining tales from sports legends and amateurs alike.

A film still from "The Amazing Adventures of Wally and the Worm"
A film still from “The Amazing Adventures of Wally and the Worm” (Photo courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)

The Amazing Adventures of Wally and the Worm, directed by Colin Hanks. (USA) – New York Premiere. When Dennis Rodman hurts his knee with four weeks to go in the Chicago Bulls ’96-’97 NBA championship season, young assistant trainer Wally Blasé is assigned to oversee his rehab, and the two forge a close friendship over 10 wild days of fast living recounted by director Colin Hanks through animation and first-person confessions.

Bump & Spike, directed by Michael Jacobs. (USA) – World Premiere. The spectacular rise and fall of the International Professional Volleyball Association, which existed between 1975–1980 complete with “party lifestyle,” rocking arena matches and stars on the court and in the stands, is chronicled in this Michael Jacobs-directed film.

The Counterfeiter, directed by Brian Biegel. (USA) – World Premiere. Featuring actual wiretapped phone calls and surveillance video, this film explores how the FBI brought down the largest counterfeit operation in U.S. history during the summer of 1998, thanks to the help of some major league baseball players.

Revolution in the Ring, directed by Jason Sklaver. (USA) – World Premiere. The story of Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, who in 1962 chose to stay in his home country rather than defect, this film examines through the lens of Cuban-American politics how his life and the life of the Cuban people were dramatically altered by the embargo. In English, Spanish with subtitles.

Run Mama Run, directed by Daniele Anastasion. (USA) – World Premiere. Run Mama Run is an examination of motherhood and athleticism through the eyes of Sarah Brown, an elite track athlete who will continue to train through pregnancy and postpartum with help of her trainer and husband Darren Brown.

Passes and tickets for the 2017 Festival
Advance selection ticket packages are now on sale. All advance selection packages can be purchased online at www.tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378).

Also available for purchase now is The Hudson Pass, an all access pass to screenings and talks taking place at BMCC, Regal, Cinepolis Chelsea, and SVA as well as full access to all events at the Festival Hub at Spring Studios, which includes VR and immersive projects, special screenings with music performances, and access to the lounges.

Single tickets cost $21.00 for evening and weekend screenings, $12.00 for weekday matinee screenings, $40.00 for Tribeca Talks panels and special screenings, $30.00 for Tribeca TV, and $40.00 for Tribeca Immersive. Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, March 28 and can be purchased online, by telephone, or at the ticket outlet located at Cinepolis Chelsea (260 W. 23rd Street). The 2017 Festival will offer ticket discounts on general screenings and Tribeca Talks panels for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only.

Packages and passes are now available for purchase on the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival App on iTunes and Google Play.

Tickets for events at The Beacon Theatre and at Radio City Music Hall are available for purchase online only beginning March 21, 2017.