Cinema rules the streets of New York City this week. The lauded Tribeca Film Festival kicks off this Wednesday, April 24, and runs through Sunday, May 5. (Alright, it’s a little more than a week. Lucky you!) Filmmakers from around the world will have their brilliant creative efforts on display, and you’re invited to check them out. The schedule—which features indie darlings, will-be-blockbusters, and a healthy smattering of incredible documentaries—is dense. SIXTY’s selected a handful of must-sees to put on your radar. Herewith, your guide to the Tribeca Film Festival.
Designer Halston was practically synonymous with the 1970s. His slinky fabrics and plunging necklines were staple silhouettes on the floor of Studio 54. Frédéric Tcheng, the filmmaker behind 2014’s Dior and I, shines new light on the designer in this excellent new doc. The story begins with Roy Halston’s early years as a prestige milliner. Tcheng then leads us through Halston’s meteoric rise and epic crash, which is fiery, indeed. Screenings April 28, April 29, and May 3. Tickets and information available here.
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
In 1979, a Philadelphia woman by the name of Marion Stokes began recording television every hour of every day. It was an obsession that continued for the next thirty years straight. By the time of her death, Marion had recorded 70,000 VHS tapes. On them, a remarkable and cohesive documentation of societal upheaval, tragedy, missteps, and more. It is our culture, or at least our culture as captured on television, seen in grainy, minute detail. Screenings April 25, April 26, April 27, and May 4. Tickets and information available here.
Our Time Machine
If you’re not practically in tears (or at least misting up a bit) by the end of this one-minute trailer, well, skip along to our next suggestion. If you are moved, as we suspect you will be, get thee to Our Time Machine, a documentary wherein Chinese photographer/mixed media artist Maleonn embarks on a visually striking and undeniably moving quest to reconnect with his father, a former theater director whose memory of his own incredible work has been compromised by dementia. Screening April 28, April 30, and May 3. Tickets and information available here.
Framing John DeLorean
Got the need for speed? Then you’ll want to check out this inventive feature film/ documentary/ recreation of the life of John DeLorean, maker of the car Back to the Future made famous. The story tracks DeLorean, an executive at General Motors, as he defects from the company to launch his eponymous wheels. When he fails, he gets caught up in a massive FBI sting operation—with $24 million in cocaine in question. It’s a cautionary tale about ego, genius, and the dangers of a very fast life. Screening April 30, May 1, and May 4. Tickets and information available here.
Much is being made of this post-apocalyptic love story, directed by Takashi Doscher and staring Tony Award-winning actor Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton) and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire). The mysterious film follows an idyllic romance that is cut short by the release of a pathogen that kills practically all the women on earth—except Pinto. Screening April 27, April 28, May 2, and May 4. Tickets and information available here.
Another excellent documentary to put on your TFF must-see list, Maiden showcases the groundbreaking efforts of Tracy Edwards, a then-24-year-old determined to create the first all-female crew competing in the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race. Together, in the face of enormous doubt and criticism, they sailed their yacht 32,000 nautical miles and earned the respect they were initially denied. Screening May 1, 2, and 4. Tickets and information available here.
Tribeca Talk: Director Series
In addition to films, TFF will be hosting a series of interviews with notable directors. Their “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series” includes an April 27 session with David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, American Hustle), accompanied by Academy-Award®-winning actor Jennifer Lawrence. Thursday April 25, catch the incomparable Guillermo del Toro, Academy Award®-winning director of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water. This talk is a change to get a glimpse into his wildly imaginative mind. For tickets and information, click here.
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