It looks like this year's Tribeca Film Festival is piggy backing off the success of last year's Nas: Time is Illmatic with another music documentary competing in the Special Screenings section that will also accompany a live performance at the event. R&B queen Mary J. Blige's concert documentary Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions will follow the singer as she writes, records, and curates her 13th studio album. The film, which is making its world premiere at the festival in New York City next month, will be followed by a live performance from Blige.
Also among the Special Screenings, well-respected indie director Nelson George will debut his documentary on Misty Copeland, the first African-American female soloist at New York’s American Ballet Theatre® in two decades at the festival. A Ballerina's Tale will followed by a discussion with Copeland and a performance from one of her protégées from Project Plie.
Below is a list of other highlights from the newest slate of films competing in the Spotlight and Midnight categories:
Aloft, directed and written by Claudia Llosa. (Canada, France, Spain) – New York Premiere, Narrative. In parallel narratives, single-mother Nana (Jennifer Connelly) has a mysterious experience at the hands of a traveling healer, years later her troubled son Ivan (Cillian Murphy) sets out in search of his now absent mother. Academy Award®–nominee Claudia Llosa’s (The Milk of Sorrow) decade-spanning family drama is a dreamlike rumination on faith, forgiveness, and family, set against an otherworldly frozen landscape. A Sony Pictures Classics Release.
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will take place in New York City April 15-26. For general ticket information, click here.