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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Intriguing Dramas, Eerie Horrors, and Probing Documentaries are Added to the Tribeca Slate

I have to say, this year's Tribeca lineup is kinda amazing. And with yesterday's announcement of stars like Viola Davis, Ellen Burstyn and Catalina Sandino Moreno on an increasingly eclectic slate, it just keeps getting better. I've highlighted a few of my favorites below:

Directed and written by Salima Koroma
(USA) – World Premiere, Documentary
Bad Rap follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders. Sharing dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, these artists will make the most skeptical critics into believers. With humor and insight, the film paints a portrait of artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle. With Jonathan "Dumbfoundead" Park, Nora "Awkwafina" Lum, David "Rekstizzy" Lee, and Richard "Lyricks" Lee.

Directed and written by James Lapine
(USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
Legal and intimate family dynamics dovetail in Custody. Starring Viola Davis as an embattled family court judge with a fraught marriage of her own; Hayden Panettiere as a recent law-school grad flung into a custody case; and Catalina Sandino Moreno as the single mother at the center of the case who risks losing her two children over an ill-timed argument. With Tony Shalhoub, Raul Esparza, Dan Fogler, and Ellen Burstyn.

Directed by Jon Greenhalgh
(USA) – World Premiere, Documentary
Jon Greenhalgh's Team Foxcatche rchronicles the paranoid, downward spiral of millionaire John E. DuPont that led to the tragic murder of olympic wrestler David Schultz. Never-before-seen home videos shot during Schultz's time at Foxcatcher Farms shed light on the disturbing events and serve as a poignant memoir to the legacy of the champion wrestler, husband, and father. A Netflix release.

Directed by Andy Goddard, written by Susan Boyd
(USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
The Blunderer, written by Carolauthor Patricia Highsmith, gets a classic film noir treatment in A Kind of Murder, a '60s-set Hitchcockian thriller that explores how we judge culpability in the death of another. Starring Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, and Vincent Kartheiser.

Directed by Rob Meyer, written by Annie J Howell
(USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
It's the summer before 6th grade, and Clark is the new-in-town biracial kid in a sea of white. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act 'more black,' he fumbles to meet expectations as rifts are exposed in his tight-knit family, his parents also striving to adjust. This poignant comedy about understanding identity is the second feature from TFF alumnus Rob Meyer. Executive Produced by Cary Fukunaga. With Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis, Armani Jackson, Oona Laurence, Janeane Garofalo, and Christine Taylor.

Directed by Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer, Nicholas McCarthy, Gary Shore, Sarah Adina Smith, Anthony Scott Burns, Kevin Smith, Scott Stewart, and Adam Egypt Mortimer, written by Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer, Nicholas McCarthy, Gary Shore, Sarah Adina Smith, Anthony Scott Burns, Kevin Smith, and Scott Stewart
(USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
Get in the holiday spirit with this horror anthology from some of today's most visionary genre auteurs. From a very unholy Easter Bunny to a particularly macabre Valentine's Day gift, Holidays is a full calendar year of festive stories, bringing out the most twisted and subversive sides of each seasonal celebration. With Seth Green, Clare Grant, Ruth Bradley, Sophie Traub, Jocelin Donahue, Harley, Morenstein, Lorenza Izzo, and Andrew Bowen.

Directed by Rod Blackhurst, written by David Ebeltoft
(USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
A virus has ravaged human civilization, leaving two groups of survivors: those who have managed to avoid infection, and those driven to madness, violence, and an insatiable bloodlust. Living deep in the woods, Ann, Chris, and Olivia are forced to fend off the infected while foraging for supplies. But when a supply expedition goes terribly awry, one among their number must make a terrible choice. With Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson, and Shane West.

So, who's coming with me this year? 

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in New York City  April 13-24. For more information, visit their website


Good Kid Ratchet City said...

I'm looking forward to 'Little Boxes'& 'Holidays,'maybe 'Bad Rap.'

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