The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks of the World Trade Center, consequently affecting the Tribeca neighborhood in lower Manhattan. Co-founded by Robert De Niro, the festival’s mission is to recognize and celebrate NYC as a major filmmaking area, while also contributing to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan. This year, there’s quite a lineup of submissions, and below we’ve listed just a few of them we can’t wait to check out!
6 – According to the festival’s site, 6 utilizes state-of-the-technology (and a team of activists) to give audiences a new view of the way we understand issues pertaining to endangered species and mass extinction. Not only is this (always) a timely issue, but coming from the Academy-Award-winning director of The Cove, we will probably be hearing more about 6 come awards season. Also, images from the film featured on Tribeca’s site look awesome.
Chef – Jon Favreau’s hitting more of an indie vibe with this one after his time in the director’s chair for blockbusters like Iron Man and Cowboys and Aliens. Favreau stars as a chef who, after quitting his job for refusing to comprise his creativity, teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), friend (John Leguizamo) and son to launch a food truck. The trailer is fun, and it looks like the film will be a real treat (and there’s delicious food everywhere).
Love is Strange – Love is Strange follows Manhattan couple Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) as they begin to take steps in making their union official. The relationship is tested though when Ben loses his teaching job as a result. The film is already garnering critical praise and is sure to be a timely and relatable drama. Lithgow and Molina are both outstanding actors with seemingly endless range, so saying this is “one to watch out for” might just be an understatement.
Sequence – A man wakes up and realizes the whole world has dreamt about him the previous night. Though it’s just a 20-minute short, the premise sound intriguing and, (if successful) we could see an expansion through a feature film down the line.
Zombeavers – Don’t question, just watch the trailer; oh and viewer discretion advised.
I’m sure there are plenty of others that will be worth checking out at this year’s 13th annual Festival (which takes place April 16-27), but after an initial inspection, the films listed above stood out among the rest of the pack.