Another sixty feature films have joined the lineup of movies screening at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Festival organizers unveiled plans rosters for both the Spotlight and the new Discovery sections, along with the movies screening in two new NY Specials secions. 37 films will screen in the new Discovery section, which highlights debut work by filmmakers from around the world. Most are world premieres.
“My colleagues and I are pleased to have been able to select an especially strong group of films and eagerly await the opportunity to share our excitement about them with our audiences,” said Peter Scarlet, Executive Director.
A total of 169 feature films will screen at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. 59 competition titles were announced yesterday by organizers and other titles will be unveiled in the coming weeks. The festival is set to run from April 25 – May 7, 2006 throughout Manhattan.
The complete lineups announced today are listed below:
“The Case of the Grinning Cat” (Chats Perches), a video by Chris Marker (France) – International Premiere.
Only cinema’s greatest essayist would dare combine a personal glance at French (and world) politics of the first few years of the 21st Century with a love-letter to his adored Cat. Surely the seemingly magical appearance of felines all over Paris can’t be by chance. And…might it happen here? Let’s hope so.
“Comeback Season,” directed and written by Bruce McCulloch (Canada) – World Premiere.
In this funny and unlikely buddy picture, a chance encounter brings together cheating husband Walter (Ray Liotta) and injured high-school football star Skylar (Shaun Sipos). An unlikely friendship develops, as Skylar helps Walter get his family back and Walter helps Skylar regain the confidence he needs to overcome his injury.
“Comedy of Power” (L’ivresse du Pouvoir), directed by Claude Chabrol, written by Chabrol and Odile Barski (France) – North American Premiere.
Teaming with the veteran director for the seventh time, Isabelle Huppert turns in another bravura performance as a powerful examining magistrate on the trail of some corrupt big cheeses. Delighting in the permutations of human stupidity, the film is both a political thriller and a moral comedy.
“Crime Novel” (Romanzo Criminale), directed by Michele Placido, written by Placido, Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli, Giancarlo De Cataldo (Italy) – North American Premiere.
A virtual history of gangsterism in Italy between the ’70s and the ’90s, Crime Novel follows the epic trajectory of three young delinquents who dream of taking over the Roman underworld. Eventually their dream becomes a reality, and as their violence escalates, it becomes inseparable from the terrorism, kidnappings, and government corruption simultaneously plaguing Italy.
“Five Fingers,” directed by Laurence Malkin, written by Malkin and Chad Thurman (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
A Lionsgate release. An idealistic Dutch pianist, played by fresh-faced Ryan Phillippe, travels to Morocco to start a charitable food organization. But a group of unorthodox terrorists abduct him at the airport and subject him to a series of horrifying mental tests. If he fails, he stands to lose his fingers, one at a time. Also starring Laurence Fishburne.
“The Groomsmen,” directed and written by Edward Burns (U.S.A.) – A Bauer Martinez release.
Paulie (Ed Burns) has a week of hanging out with his four groomsmen to look forward to before he marries his pregnant fiancee. But cold feet are just the tip of the iceberg for this gang of Peter Pans in this charming comedy about learning to grow up after you’ve already reached your 30’s. Also starring, Brittany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Jay Mohr, Matthew Lillard, and Donal Logue.
“House of Sand” (Casa de Areia), directed by Andrucha Waddington, written by Elena Soarez (Brazil) – New York Premiere.
A Sony Pictures Classics release. Inspired by Woman of the Dunes, this epic tale of love and loss follows the fate of three generations of headstrong women who all, at some point, lived in the same desert house full of sand. Waddington masterfully shows time’s punishing clock. Starring Fernanda Montenegro (Best Actress Winner TFF 2004) and Fernanda Torres.
“I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With,” directed and written by Jeff Garlin (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”‘s Jeff Garlin wrote, directed, and stars in this bittersweet romantic comedy about an overweight, underappreciated Chicago actor in search of a soul mate. The urban, odd-man-out humor is reminiscent of early Woody Allen, but the angst remains low-key in this highly personal, immensely likable film. Starring Sarah Silverman, Amy Sedaris, and Bonnie Hunt.
“Journey to the End of the Night,” directed and written by Eric Eason (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
Sao Paulo, Brazil, is considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world. But it is there, in the city’s underworld of sex, drugs, money, and corruption that a father and son plan to finally shrug off the drudgery of their everyday lives. Brendan Fraser, Scott Glenn, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Mos Def star in Manito director Eason’s gritty sophomore feature. In English and Portuguese.
“Lonely Hearts,” directed and written by Todd Robinson (U.S.A.) – World Premiere. Martha Beck (Salma Hayek) and Raymond Fernandez (Jared Leto), also known as the Lonely Hearts Killers, were America’s most notorious murderous couple in the late ’40s. Based on real events, Lonely Hearts follows two homicide detectives (John Travolta and James Gandolfini) as they try to bring Beck and Fernandez to justice.
“Lunacy” (Sileni), directed and written by Jan Svankmajer (Czech Republic) – North American Premiere. A Zeitgeist release. For his fifth feature, Czech master Svankmajer, whose intriguing blend of animation and live action has inspired the likes of Tim Burton, the brothers Quay, and Terry Gilliam, once again shocks and delights with an inspired, self-described “philosophical horror film” that borrows liberally from Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis de Sade.
“My Dad is 100 Years Old,” directed by Guy Maddin, written by Isabella Rossellini (Canada) – New York Premiere. A Zeitgeist release.
In this unique tribute to the great filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, his daughter Isabella collaborates with cinephile par excellence Guy Maddin to create a loving and very personal portrait. Followed by the screening of a new archival print of Rossellini’s The Flowers of St. Francis (1950.)
“Once in a Lifetime,” a documentary directed by John Dower and Paul Crowder (U.S.A.) – North American Premiere. A Miramax release.
Return to the days of disco balls, .44-caliber killers, and…soccer? This exuberant documentary traces the rise and fall of the New York Cosmos, Gotham’s beloved North American Soccer League franchise and a Studio 54-era sensation, through archival footage, interviews with team players and executives, and a hip-shaking ’70s soundtrack.
“Ontic Antics Starring Laurel and Hardy: Bye, Molly,” directed and written by Ken Jacobs (U.S.A.) – North American Premiere.
Jacobs, a major figure of the experimental filmmaking world, embraces digital technology in this video reworking of the 1929 Laurel and Hardy film, Berth Marks.
“Pittsburgh,” directed by Kyle LaBrache and Chris Bradley (U.S.A.) – World Premiere. Jeff Goldblum put his Hollywood actor life on hold to star alongside his new girlfriend in a Pittsburgh regional theater production of The Music Man. Co-directors Bradley and LaBrache tread a surprisingly elegant line between genuine documentary and outright self-parody in this deliciously deadpan comedy.
“Promise” (Wu Ji), directed and written by Chen Kaige (China) – New York Premiere. A Warner Independent Pictures release.
The biggest budgeted Chinese movie ever made, “The Promise” boasts the acting talents of Hiroyuki Sanada, Jang Dong-Kun, and Cecilia Cheung. This action-filled epic tells the story of a love triangle between a general, a slave, and a beautiful princess who yearns for true love.
“Sketches of Frank Gehry,” a documentary directed by Sydney Pollack (U.S.A.) – U.S. Premiere. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
With his first doc, Pollack delivers a sharp and angular look at the life and work of his close friend Gehry. The film balances praise and criticism of the famed architect’s work from art critics and Gehry himself, who proves to be his own worst critic. Featuring interviews with Julian Schnabel, Dennis Hopper, Michael Eisner, and Gehry’s 94-year-old therapist.
“Snow Cake,” directed by Marc Evans, written by Angela Pell (U.K., Canada) – North American Premiere.
Ex-convict Alex Hughes finds himself attached to two strange women after arriving in a sleepy Ontario town. Linda, a “high-functioning” autistic, takes Alex into her home after he gets into a car accident with her daughter. Meanwhile, Alex falls for town sexpot Maggie. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Carrie-Anne Moss.
In previous years this section was named Wide Angle for its global perspective, but this year the title has changed to the Discovery section to emphasize its 33 World Premieres from up-and-coming directors from eleven countries. The Discovery section assembles 37 varied works and covers topics ranging from the Beslan, Russia middle school massacre, with never-before-seen footage, to a college-educated hustler with a heart of gold to overcoming the fear of swimming.
“Beyond the Call,” a documentary directed and written by Adrian Belic (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
In 1995, three average Americans began delivering humanitarian aid to global hotspots like Afghanistan, Albania, Chechnya, Cambodia, Rwanda, and the southern Philippines. Part Mother Teresa and part Indiana Jones, these silver-haired “Knights of Malta” often arrive before other aid organizations hit the ground, and they stay long after others have pulled out.
“The Big Bad Swim,” directed by Ishai Setton, written by Daniel Schechter (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
An eclectic assortment of non-swimmers gather at the local rec center for a swimming class in this ensemble piece about conquering fears, making friends, and growing wiser. Our group focuses on an unlikely friendship between Amy, a middle-aged calculus teacher, and the beautiful young Jordan, who together with their swim teacher, learn to face their fears and dive into the pool-and life-head first.
“Boy Culture,” directed by Q. Allan Brocka, written by Brocka and Philip Pierce (U.S.A.) – North American Premiere.
“X” is a college-educated hustler who seems destined to never learn-until a geriatric john opens his eyes to the possibility of love. Brocka’s meditation on modern gay life is also an exploration of the push-me-pull-you in all of us when it comes to making the ultimate connection.
“Burke and Wills,” directed and written by Matthew Zeremes and Oliver Torr (Australia) – World Premiere.
In this postmodern Odd Couple, when Wills rents out a room in Burke’s house the two form an uncommon friendship. Wills is a lazy free spirit and Burke is a depressed loner. This exquisite gritty black-and-white film laces humor into a dark drama of two opposites as one moves forward in life while the other begins a downward spiral.
“The Canary Effect,” a documentary directed by Robin Davey and Yellow Thunder Woman, written by Davey (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
This visually powerful documentary explores the horrific abuses enacted on Native Americans throughout history, abuses which meet the U.N.’s definition of genocide. Today, reservations rank in the bottom of the nation for quality of life, and in the top for suicide. The Canary Effect forces us to confront the uncomfortable legacy of history.
“Civic Duty,” directed by Jeff Renfroe, written by Andrew Joiner (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
A seemingly well-adjusted American accountant loses his job and becomes obsessed with terrorist plots and cable news propaganda. When an Islamic student moves in next door, the accountant’s suspicions lead to shocking conclusions in this post-September 11 thriller starring Six Feet Under’s Peter Krause.
“Day Break” (Dame Sobh), directed by Hamid Rahmanian, written by Rahmanian and Mehran Kashani (Iran) – U.S. Premiere.
A Film Movement release. In Iran, certain crimes allow the victim’s family to choose capital punishment or forgiveness for the perpetrator. This harrowing, existential film shows a convicted murderer trapped in painful purgatory as his family distances themselves from him and his victim’s family repeatedly delays their ultimate decision.
“Driving Lessons,” directed and written by Jeremy Brock (U.K.) – North American Premiere.
Ben (Rupert Grint) is a shy teenager living in London and trying to escape from the clutches of his religious mother (Laura Linney). He finally gets his chance when he meets a retired actress (Julie Walters) who whisks him off to Edinburgh, where he learns to drive, dance, and pick up girls. Brock’s loosely autobiographical coming-of-age tale is a heartwarming treat.
“The Elephant King,” directed and written by Seth Grossman (U.S.A.,Thailand) – World Premiere. This pensive, artfully crafted drama by 2004 TFF Best Short Winner Grossman explores the twisted symbiosis between two American brothers-one domineering and nihilistic, the other guileless and introspective-as they binge on drink, drugs, and women in exotic Thailand. Ultimately, the brothers cope with this intoxicating freedom in wildly disparate ways as the film builds towards its bloody, cathartic conclusion.
“Encounter Point,” a documentary directed by Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha, written by Bacha (U.S.A., Israel) – World Premiere. Two Israelis and two Palestinians, all of whom lost loved ones in the conflict between the two sides, set aside their differences to promote a grassroots, nonviolent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Along the way, they must confront the hatred within their communities and the fear within themselves. In English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
“Farewell Bender,” directed by Matt Oates, written by Oates and Jeremiah Lowder (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
Oates’ sweet first feature about one last weekend of youthful decadence is filled with hijinks, heartbreak, and beer-fueled bonhomie, as a group of friends (including Kip Pardue and Eddie Kaye Thomas) in their early 20’s must come of age and say goodbye to a deceased pal, all within the span of just a few days.
“Fat Girls,” directed and written by Ash Christian (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
In this wry comedy from a 20-year-old director and leading man, teenager Rodney copes with his unfulfilled desires for a boyfriend and Broadway stardom while stuck in his dusty Texas town. Trusty sidekick Sabrina has a weight problem, but according to Rodney, high school has a way of making many of us feel like fat girls.
“First Snow,” directed by Mark Fergus, written by Fergus and Hawk Ostby (U.S.A.) – World Premiere. When destiny bullies us, do we fight back? Fergus never stoops to psychological-thriller film cliche in his chilling debut feature, in which salesman Jimmy Starks (Guy Pearce) is gripped by panic after a psychic warns him of his impending death. Also starring Piper Perabo.
“A Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus,” a documentary directed by Randy Olson (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
In the tradition of “Super Size Me”, scientist- turned-filmmaker Olson interviews everyone from poker-playing evolutionists and Harvard scientists to intelligent design advocates and his 82-year-old mother. Both sides of the evolution vs. intelligent design argument are presented in such a way that it is difficult to say which group is the flock of dodos.
“Freedom’s Fury,” a documentary directed and written by Colin Keith Gray: The Sibs (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
In the midst of political upheaval, both Hungary and the Soviet Union send their water polo teams to the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, and the world watches as two teams with radically different ideologies meet in what many call the bloodiest water polo match in Olympic history. Executive produced by Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu, and narrated by Mark Spitz. In English, Russian, and Hungarian.
“Full Grown Men,” directed by David Munro, written by Munro and Xandra Castleton (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
Alby leaves his wife and son to pursue a second childhood of plastic action figures and a trip to his favorite theme park with his best friend, but the adults he meets on the way do not want to play along. Munro reminds us in his funny yet wistful debut feature that this is no boy’s life. Starring Matt McGrath, Alan Cumming, and Deborah Harry. In English and Spanish.
“Hammer & Tickle – The Communist Joke Book,” a documentary directed by Ben Lewis, written by Lewis and Christine Camdessus (France, Canada) – World Premiere. For citizens denied free speech and confronted daily with the gap between political propaganda and everyday reality, jokes became the language of truth in the Communist controled U.S.S.R. This Monty Python-esque doc features a wide range of jokes and jokesters sure to tickle those fond of political humor. In English.
“Home Front,” a documentary directed by Richard Hankin (U.S.A.) – World Premiere. When Jeremy Feldbusch was deployed to Iraq in 2003, he was a confident 21-year-old with a wrestler’s build and excellent marksmanship skills. Less than four months later, a piece of shrapnel got past his goggles and embedded itself in his frontal lobe, leaving him blind and bedridden. Hankin guides us through this wounded soldier’s journey to physical and emotional recovery in this powerful look at the personal cost of war.
“I’m Reed Fish,” directed by Zackary Adler, written by Reed Fish (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
Reed Fish’s future seems set until an old crush returns to Mud Meadows and makes him contemplate whether he’s living the life he wants or a life imposed on him by his hometown. This refreshing coming-of-age comedy features a sweet, clever script and stars Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel and Undeclared’s Jay Baruchal.
“The Journalist and The Jihadi – The Murder of Daniel Pearl,” a documentary directed by Ahmed Jamal and Ramesh Sharma (U.K.) – World Premiere.
Jamal and Sharma document the 2002 murder of The Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl by Islamist militants in Karachi, Pakistan, building a narrative of two well-educated, passionate men, Pearl and militant Omar Sheikh, whose lives took very different turns prior to their tragic crossing of paths.
“Kill Your Darlings,” directed by Bjoerne Larson, written by Larson, Johan Sandstroem and Lisa Taube (Sweden, U.S.A.) – International Premiere.
The path of a struggling screenwriter and a mysterious free spirit intersects with that of a transvestite, a housewife, and a hapless mobster on their way to Las Vegas to see a celebrity psychiatrist in this darkly comic take on suicidal tendencies and the all-American road trip.
“Local Color,” directed and written by George Gallo (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
Ray Liotta, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Trevor Morgan star in Gallo’s wise and warm coming-of-age tale, in which a young artist seeks inspiration from an experienced painter and liberation from his father’s worn-out ideas. The film, which is infused with a love of impressionist art, is loosely based on Gallo’s own life.
“Mentor,” directed by David Carl Lang, written by William Whitehurst (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
A professor and his two favorite students cross the line that separates friends from lovers, and the initial sexual excitement slowly gives way to bitter jealousy. There is no strength in numbers once the participants come to grips with their own cowardice, and this realization leads to an unhappy ending that feels all too real. Starring Rutger Hauer.
“Mini’s First Time,” directed and written by Nick Guthe (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
In Los Angeles, a bitchy, jaded, rich family set off an orgy of transgression and taboo-breaking. Certain family members decide to have sex, poison each other, and try against all odds to outfox the authorities in order to live sinfully ever after. Starring Alec Baldwin, Nikki Reed, Luke Wilson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jeff Goldblum, and Svetlana Metkina.
“The Night of the White Pants,” directed and written by Amy Talkington (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
Between a heart attack and an ugly third divorce everything is slipping away from Dallas powerbroker Max Hagen (Tom Wilkinson). And when the soon-to-be-ex (Janine Turner) throws him out of his mansion it pushes him over the edge, but a wild night with his daughter’s punk rock boyfriend (Nick Stahl) just might bring him back. Also starring Selma Blair and Frances Fisher.
“Once Upon A Time in Marrakech,” directed and written by Seifollah Samadian (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
In the autumn of 2005, 16 film students from New York City and Morocco converged on Marrakech as guests of the Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Marrakech International Film Festival Foundation to study under Abbas Kiarostami (joined at one point by Martin Scorsese). This document, by the master’s longtime director of photography, will screen with a new Kiarostami short, Roads of Kiarostami, and some of students’ work.
“Return to Rajapur,” directed and written by Nanda Anand (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
Anand’s debut feature is set in the Indian desert town of Rajapur. There, a girl becomes obsessed with the connection between a mysterious stranger and a love affair from the past that she learns about through a cache of forgotten photos and letters. She soon finds herself caught up in her own little affair, and the intervention of the mysterious stranger brings history full circle. Starring Lynn Collins, Kelli Garner, Justin Theroux, and Frank Langella.
“Rock the Bells,” a documentary directed by Denis Henry Hennelly and Casey Suchan (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
An inside look at what it took to bring the Wu-Tang Clan together for their final performance at the Rock the Bells Hip-Hop festival. From dealing with the riotous crowds, to getting now deceased Ol’ Dirty Bastard out of his hotel room, Rock the Bells showcases both the legendary hip-hop group and the concert promoter who brought the group together one last time.
“The Sci-Fi Boys,” a documentary directed and written by Paul Davids (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
Science-fiction films are overwhelmingly made by guys who grew up as sci-fi movie fans. In this doc the likes of Peter Jackson, John Landis, and Stephen Sommers not only discuss their childhood memories of King Kong and War of the Worlds, but also of Famous Monsters Magazine, which impacted all of their adult cinematic endeavors.
“Siah Bazi,” a documentary directed by Maryam Khakipour (France, Iran) – North American Premiere.
The alarming disappearance of humor from Iran’s political discourse is traced when an improv troupe of political satirists, the leader of which is a Persian counterpart of the medieval jester, learn that the government is about to close their theater.
“Street Thief,” a documentary directed by Malik Bader and Miles Harrison (U.S.A.) – World Premiere. Over the course of a year, filmmakers Bader and Harrison follow Chicago’s most elusive burglar, Kaspar Carr, as he taps phones, cases stores, and pulls off numerous scores. As Carr drags the filmmakers deeper into his murky world of disguises and sinister surprises, the line between documentarian and criminal accomplice becomes increasingly blurred.
“Three Days in September,” a documentary directed and written by Joe Halderman (Russia, U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
In September, 2004, as a horrifying episode in an ongoing conflict, a group of Chechen rebels occupied a school in the small Russian city of Beslan, taking some 1,200 people-most of them children-hostage. At the end of three days, over 330 were dead. Narrated by Julia Roberts, this film is a gripping and unsettling account of the tragedy.
“Tierney Gearson: The Mother Project,” a documentary directed by Jack Youngelson and Peter Sutherland (U.S.A., U.K., France, India) – World Premiere.
Shot over the course of three years, this evocative and revealing documentary follows the controversial and intensely personal art photographer Tierney Gearon as she completes a new body of work that examines her relationship with her schizophrenic mother.
“Walker Payne,” directed by Matt Williams, written by Williams and Alex Parashevas (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
Set in the ’50s, Walker Payne (Jason Patric), jobless and broke, is given an ultimatum by his ex-wife (Drea de Matteo): come up with $5,000 or lose his daughters forever. Cornered and desperate, Walker considers an unappealing moneymaking proposition from an unsavory opportunist (Sam Shepard). But will he risk the life of his beloved pet for the chance to win big money in the world of dog-fighting?
“Waterbuster,” a documentary directed by J. Carlos Peinado, written by Peinado and Daphne Ross (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
Old wounds are reopened when Peinado revisits the upper Missouri River basin in North Dakota, where his ancestors once lived. There he investigates how the massive post-war Garrison Dam project laid waste to an idyllic, self-sufficient Native American community, submerging 156,000 acres of the most fertile land in the country.
“When the Road Bends…tales of a Gypsy Caravan,” a documentary directed by Jasmine Dellal (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
Part concert film and part sociological study, this doc travels between concert venues and cultures to give us an inside look at Romani (Gypsy) music. Dellal follows five top Romani bands during their tour of the U.S. before accompanying the musicians to their home countries, where she captures the joys and struggles of their domestic lives. In English, Spanish, Romani, and Hindi.
“Word.Life” (aka The Hip Hop Project), a documentary directed by Matt Ruskin and Scott Rosenberg (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
From executive producer Bruce Willis comes an inspiring documentary about New York City teenagers who transform their life stories into powerful works of art, led by a formerly homeless teen turned rap mentor. On this journey of self-discovery and empowerment, hip-hop is the key that will set them free.
“The Heart of Steel,” a documentary directed by Angelo J. Guglielmo Jr., written by Karen Lisko (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.
Produced in partnership with The September 11th Families Association, “The Heart of Steel” follows a group of volunteers who banded together-calling themselves The Renegade Volunteers-immediately after the attacks. Guglielmo’s documentary highlights the profound impact that ordinary citizens can make in the face of tragedy.
“Leaving Home Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank,” a documentary directed by Gerald Fox (U.K.) – North American Premiere.
In this intimate and moving portrait of groundbreaking photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, Fox engages the artist in a dialogue about his life and work. Creative tensions develop between Frank’s desire to focus on the present and Fox’s impulse to revisit the past.
“Notes on Marie Menken,” a documentary directed by Martina Kudlacek (Austria) – North American Premiere.
A diary portrait of underground filmmaker Marie Menken based on the reminiscences of her family and friends. Various interviewees recount stories of how Menken and her husband, filmmaker Willard Maas, became the inspiration for the protagonists of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In English.
“Yo Soy Boicua, pa’ que tu lo sepas!” (I’m Boricua, just so you know!), a documentary directed by Rosie Perez and Liz Garbus (U.S.A.) – New York Premiere.
In her debut doc, the always sparkling Rosie Perez takes viewers down the route of New York City’s Puerto Rican Day Parade and through an exploration of her heritage. Weaving snippets of family moments and the often bumpy history of the island, Perez and co director Liz Garbus build a pastiche of unbridled optimism and pride.
NY Specials: Animated New York
“The Backbrace,” directed by Carolyn London and Andy London (U.S.A)
“Bar Fight,” directed by Christy Karacas and Stephen Warbrick (U.S.A.)
“Bathtime at Clerkenwell,” directed by Alex Budovsky (U.S.A.)
“Dentist,” directed by Signe Baumane (U.S.A.)
“Guide Dog,” directed by Bill Plympton (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
“Life in Transition,” directed by John Dilworth (U.S.A.)
“Puppet,” directed by Patrick Smith (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
“Roof Sex,” directed by Sarah Phelps (U.S.A.)
“Sita,” directed by Nina Paley (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
“Sex Life of Robots,” directed by Mike Sullivan (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
“Santa Goes South,” directed by Peter Wallach (U.S.A.) – World Premiere
“Soccer Time,” directed by Edmond Hawkins (U.S.A.) – World Premiere