Tribeca Film Festival is one of the most influential events in the industry, and it has just revealed its annual list of featured films ahead of this year’s event. A total of 115 films from 124 filmmakers across 33 different countries will be featured this year. The lineup includes 95 world premieres, 2 international premieres, 4 North American premieres, 4 U.S. premiers, 9 New York premieres and one sneak preview.
A total of 19 directors are returning to this year’s Tribecca festival, and will be featuring 44 films produced by women. There have been as many as 10,000 submissions this year, from applicants hoping to be featured in the event.
“First comes the story, then empathy, then comes change. When you change the narrator, you empower different voices to show audiences new worlds through their eyes,” said Paula Weinstein, Chief Content Officer of Tribeca Enterprises and program advisor.
The competition category includes 10 U.S. Narratives, 10 International Narratives, and 12 Documentary competition features. Additionally, the feature line-up includes 16 Spotlight Narratives, 20 Spotlight Documentaries, 17 Viewpoints, 5 Midnight, 13 Movies Plus selections; 6 Tribeca Critics’ Week features, and 3 films as part of this year’s new Women at Work category.
Who Made the Selections?
In addition to Weinstein, Cusumano, and Boyer, the programming team includes VP Filmmaker Relations and Shorts Programming manager Sharon Badal; Senior Programmers Liza Domnitz (features, TV, and online work), Loren Hammonds (immersive and features), Lucy Mukerjee (features); Programmer Ben Thompson (shorts); and a team of associate programmers.
The event offers a wide selection of documentary films to choose from. Read on to discover just a few you should pay special attention to this year.
499 is a movie written and directed by Rodrigo Reyes, and produced by Inti Cordera’s Andrew Hourchens. Tribecca will serve as the film’s world premiere. The film examines the 500-year-old legacy of Cortez, by re-tracing the same path that the infamous conquistador took through modern Mexico.
The film is a meditation on the history of the country and the continent, along with the role that violence and colonialism played in said history. The result is a melancholy, slow-paced journey that covers a vast stretch of historical eras. The film was filmed in Spanish, and provides English subtitles.
Dear Mr. Brody
Dear Mr. Brody is written and directed by Keith Maitland, produced by Megan Gilbride, Melissa Glassman, Keith Maitland and Sarah Wilson. The film’s world premiere will be held at Tribecca. The film tells the story of a 1970s eccentric millionaire, influenced by the hippie movement to give away $25 million to anyone who can truly prove they need it. The call caused a media frenzy, featuring countless personal stories. Some are rather devastating, and others are quite touching.
Enemies of the State
This documentary film is directed by Sonia Kennebeck, and produced by Ines Hofmann Kanna. It tells the story of the DeHart family, and their effort to shield their hacker son from the clutches of the government. The story unfolds like a cyber thriller, with complex webs of connections between the government and shady characters looming in the dark recesses of the internet. The film isn’t quite anti-technology in its messaging, but many have interpreted it as such.
Father Soldier Son
This Netflix release is directed by Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis, produced by Davis, Einhorn, Kathleen Lingo and Nancy Donaldson. The film will premiere at Tribecca in order to qualify for certain awards, but will release to Netflix immediately following.
The film follows an intimate and tragic story of a family over a period of ten years. It is an exploration of sacrifice, purpose, family and what it means to be an American soldier. The film is produced and promoted by the New York Times and is a vital if not somewhat difficult watch.
Landfall is directed by Cecilia Aldarondo and co-produced with Innes Hofmann Kanna. It focuses on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but the storm and its dire consequences are only the beginning of the story. The film goes on to tackle the more complicated and long-term issues of the relationship between the US and Puerto Rico, as the latter is still denied the benefits of legal statehood, despite being an official territory.
Which film are you most excited to see?