The Tribeca Festival in the heart of New York has been a platform for rising directorial stars for more than 20 years. This year offers a small sea of feature films directed by famous actors such as Michael Shannon, David Duchovny, John Slattery, Jennifer Esposito and others.
At the Tribeca festival, the films they directed will have their world premiere Michael Shannon, David Duchovny, Chelsea Peretti, Jennifer Esposito, John Slattery and Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater; most of them tried their hand at directing a feature film for the first time. In addition, the festival will also host the drama’s North American premiere The Listenerwhich he directed Steve Buscemi (the Venice festival hosted the world premiere last year), and the drama Shortcomingswhich he directed Randall Park (it had its world premiere this year at the Sundance festival.)
The festival will end with a jubilee projection on the occasion of the 30th anniversary Tales from the Bronx, directed by festival co-founder Robert De Niro. (Tribeco was launched in 2001 to help revitalize lower Manhattan after 9/11.) Around 130,000 visitors are expected at this year’s festival’s 600 events.
Although the idea of putting actors in the role of directors in the foreground was not the initial concept of the program manager Care Cusumanobut this year’s profile of the festival, she says, is only a reflection of Tribeca’s support “multidisciplinary storytelling“. “We love to see people cross the line between being in front of the camera and being behind the camera, between different spaces of storytelling”. All of this “storytelling” will happen while the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike is still in full swing. According to the selector, they are “monitoring the situation”, but so far they have not had to adjust their plans due to work interruptions.
“Bob” De Niro fights for representation and diversityAt the festival that will take place between June 7 and 18, almost 70 percent of the films in the competition program were directed by women. 43 directors who are sending their first film to the world will be presented, including those who represent generally marginalized segments of the population. “The best thing about Tribeca is that we showcase an incredibly diverse range of stories and creators,” praised the co-founder of the festival Jane Rosenthal. “A big part of that comes from Bob, who is always looking for interesting, never-before-told stories.”
Another common theme of this year’s edition is biographical documentaries and biographical dramas. For example, David Duchovny adapts his own book, Bucky Fucking Dent: a snack vendor at Yankee Stadium returns home to care for his dying father (played by Duchovny himself); it all takes place behind the scenes in 1978, when baseball player Bucky Dent hit the most famous home run of his career. Among the biographical stories, the documentary about Rock Hudsonone of the first celebrities in history to die of AIDS.
The festival also has an Immersion program that sheds light on various social issues: they are preparing an exhibition on the sexual abuse of female prisoners and a virtual reality presentation of the black communities that built New York.
Video games are no longer looked down upon by the industryAs many as seven video games will premiere at the festival, among them The Expanse: A Telltale Serieswhich is a prequel to the successful Amazon TV series (in the game, the user will be able to step into the shoes of the main character of the series).
This year’s Tribeca also promises a tribute to the hip-hop genre, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year; part of this program will be the premiere of the film All Up in the Biza documentary about New York hip-hop legend Biz Markie.