Tribeca Adds Some Starpower To Festival

tribeca-o8The Tribeca Film Festival today unveiled the remainder of the films that will play at the April 21-May 2 fest. Last week, Tribeca set a competition lineup. The new films, assigned to four out-of-competition programs, ratchet the bold-faces that should help drag the press to downtown Manhattan premieres. They round out a slate that is strong on New York-centric subjects. Tribeca will also set three more gala premieres, to go with Shrek Forever After, though organizers wouldn’t reveal the films.

“We think there is a range of established directing talent and fresh new faces and directors who are going to pop out,” said executive director Nancy Schafer.  sex&drugs&rock&roll3

The Encounters section has 14 films that include a Craig Teper documentary on Vidal Sassoon;  Last Play at Shea, a documentary on Long Island’s Billy Joel as he plays the last musical concert at Shea Stadium before the ballpark was razed; a docu on the Canadian rock band Rush; the Liev Schreiber-Helen Hunt drama Every Day; sex & drugs & rock & roll, with Andy Serkis playing British punk pioneer Ian Dury;  the Jean-Paul Salome-directed psychological thriller The Chameleon; an Alex Gibney documentary on a live stage show by journo Lawrence Wright and his struggle to cover Islamic terror objectively; Visionaries, a Chuck Workman-directed docu on avant-garde cinema and the premiere of the Edward Burns-directed Nice Guy Johnny. Latter film will debut Tribeca’s virtual film program that features films, panels and premiere coverage.

tribeca-film-festival-logo_1The Discovery  section features the world premiere of teen comedy Beware the Gonzo; No Woman No Cry, a documentary directed by fashion icon Christy Turlington Burns about struggles of pregnant women around the world; Arias with a Twist, the Bobby Sheehan-directed look at New York’s downtown art scene; and Into the Cold, Sebastian Copeland’s two month trek to the North Pole .

Cinemania, a section reserved for genre films, includes Zonad, an Irish family comedy helmed by Once director John Carney and Kieran Carney; Honk Kong thriller Dream Home, directed by Pang Ho-Cheung; the J.B. Ghuman-directed teen comedy Spork; and the dangerous-sounding Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives.

The Spotlight Section, featuring films that have distribution and opened other festivals, include Get Low, with Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek; the docu Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work; The Killer Inside Me, the Michael Winterbottom-directed drama whose depiction of violence between Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba created controversy during its Sundance screenings; the Jean-Pierre Jeunet-directed Micmacs; Ondine, the Neil Jordan-directed drama that stars Colin Farrell as a fisherman whose nets snag a mermaid-like beauty; and Please Give, the Nicole Holofcener-directed drama that stars Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt as Manhattanites waiting for a neighbor to die so they can take over her apartment.

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