Tribeca Film Festival Announces Lineup for Spotlight, Midnight, Storyscapes, and Special Screenings

Tribeca Film Festival Announces Lineup for Spotlight, Midnight, Storyscapes, and Special Screenings

Yesterday the Tribeca Film Festival announced the first half of the lineup
for the 12th Annual festival, including their World Narrative,
Documentary, and out-of-competition Viewpoints series. Today the lineup
for their Spotlight, Midnight, New Storyscapes, and Special Screenings
sections has been announced.

Among the 33 films in the Spotlight
section — 23 of which are World Premieres –are an eclectic mix of
narratives and documentaries including the world premiere of Phil Morrison’s long-awaited follow-up to “Junebug,” 
Whoopi Goldberg’s documentary on comedienne Moms Mabley, “I Got
Somethin’ to Tell You,” the New York premiere of Richard Linklater’s
“Before Midnight,” and a cat documentary full of your favorite YouTube
cat stars, “Lil Bub & Friendz.”

On the Spotlight program
Director of Programming, Genna Terranova, said: “A mix of established
filmmakers and rising talent top off the rest of the section with
features exploring some fresh takes on unconventional relationships.”

The
Midnight section — formerly known as Cinemania — features a mix of
horror films and opens with Marina de Van’s “Dark Touch” about a
survivor of a bloody massacre, and includes the much anticipated
“V/H/S/2,” follow up to last year’s collection of horrific VHS horror
stories, and Josh Waller’s “Raze” starring “Kill Bill” stuntwoman Zoe
Bell.

Storyscapes — a new juried section at the festival —
showcases innovative transmedia work and will include “Star Wars Uncut,”
a project of fan created scenes, and “Sandy Storyline,” a documentary
on those effected by the hurricane and involved in rebuilding
communities. This years Special Screenings, a reintroduction of the
Restored/Rediscovered program, will feature Michaelangelo Frammartino’s
homage to nature and the Italian countryside, “Alberi,”which will run as
an installation at MoMA PS1.

Keep an eye out next week for the
Shorts program lineup. The festival runs from April 17-28. For more
information visit the festivals website here

Take a look at the lineup below:

SPOTLIGHT

  • Adult World,
    directed by Scott Coffey, written by Andy Cochran. (USA) – World
    Premiere, Narrative. Amy (Emma Roberts) is naïve, awkward and anxious to
    get her poetry career off of the ground. She begrudgingly accepts a job
    at the local sex shop, Adult World, while pursuing a surefire
    kick-start for her success: a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat
    Billings (the hilarious John Cusack). As Amy’s world melds with that of
    Adult World, she slowly learns that inspiration can be found in the most
    improbable places.
 
  • Almost Christmas,
    directed by Phil Morrison, written by Melissa James Gibson. (USA) –
    World Premiere, Narrative. Two French Canadian ne’er-do-wells travel to
    New York City with a scheme to a get rich quick selling Christmas trees.
    Easygoing charmer Rene (Paul Rudd) clashes with misanthropic ex-con
    Dennis (Paul Giamatti), whose wife Rene just stole. Still, this odd
    couple must make an honest go of it in this fresh buddy comedy
    co-starring Sally Hawkins, by the director of the indie breakout hit Junebug.
 
  • At Any Price,
    directed by Ramin Bahrani, written by Hallie Elizabeth Newton and
    Bahrani. (USA) – New York Premiere, Narrative. The robust farming
    industry of Iowa is the backdrop for this father-and-son story. Dean
    Wipple (Zac Efron) longs to be a professional racecar driver. His father
    Henry (Dennis Quaid) plans to make him the heir to their family farming
    empire. When Henry’s ethics and expansion practices come under fire,
    the family must unify or risk losing everything. Temptation, ambition
    and competition are the driving forces behind this modern-day drama
    co-starring Heather Graham and Clancy Brown. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
 
  • Before Midnight,
    directed by Richard Linklater, written by Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and
    Linklater. (USA) – New York Premiere, Narrative. In the eagerly
    anticipated third chapter in the star-crossed tale of Jesse and Celine,
    director and co-writer Richard Linklater fast-forwards to nine years
    after their last meeting. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy deliver powerfully
    authentic performances as the companions who find themselves at yet
    another crossroads in their twisting but passionate relationship. The
    picturesque streets of Greece serve as the latest backdrop to this
    beautifully crafted love story. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
 
  • Big Bad Wolves, directed
    and written by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. (Israel) – World
    Premiere, Narrative. A vigilante cop and a vengeful father capture and
    interrogate an accused serial killer. Aharon Keshales and Navot
    Papushado’s brutal follow-up to Rabies (TFF
    2011) examines a horror that most would not want to imagine: what would
    you do if someone hurt the one you loved most? A revenge thriller with
    teeth, Big Bad Wolves delivers on its raw tension and operatic drama. In Hebrew with subtitles.
 
  • Bottled Up,
    directed and written by Enid Zentelis. (USA) – World Premiere,
    Narrative. In this modern-day drama, Oscar®-winner Melissa Leo
    beautifully conveys the heart-wrenching struggle that comes with loving
    an addict. Complaining of back pain months after a car accident,
    Sylvie’s (Marin Ireland) addiction to painkillers is clear to everyone
    except her mother, Faye (Leo). A promising solution appears in Becket
    (Josh Hamilton), but relationships and loyalty are soon tested when his
    feelings fall in an unexpected place.
 
  • Byzantium,
    directed by Neil Jordan, written by Moira Buffini. (U.K., Ireland) –
    U.S. Premiere, Narrative. Neil Jordan’s exploration of vampirism began
    with Interview with the Vampire. Now he returns to
    this lurid, malevolent realm through Clara (Gemma Arterton) and her
    daughter Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan). Creatures from Clara’s past come
    calling, and these immortals are forced to relocate. Dire consequences
    follow anyway when Eleanor makes a connection with a local boy (Caleb
    Landry Jones) and slowly reveals the truth of who they are and how they
    survive. An IFC Films release.
 
  • A Case of You,
    directed by Kat Coiro, written by Justin Long, Keir O’Donnel, and
    Christian Long. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. A young writer
    (Justin Long) woos a cute and quirky barista (Evan Rachel Wood) by
    creating an embellished online profile. When she falls for his alter
    ego, he must keep up the act or lose his dream girl. Directed by TFF
    alumna Kat Coiro and featuring a cast of hilarious cameo performers
    including Peter Dinklage, Sam Rockwell, Vince Vaughn and Sienna Miller, A Case of You is a winning romantic comedy for the social media age.
 
  • Cycling with Moliere (Alceste à bicyclette),
    directed and written by Philippe Le Guay. (France) – International
    Premiere, Narrative. Once-great actor Serge Tanneur (Fabrice Luchini)
    now spends his days alone, cycling through the windblown landscape of
    France’s Île de Ré. Even an offer from his old friend Gauthier (Lambert
    Wilson) to return to the stage in Molière’s The Misanthropefails
    to draw his interest. At least, at first. Phillippe Le Guay’s charming
    comedy of egos colliding on the French seaside turns into a neatly
    crafted, wonderfully performed search for the creative spark.
 
  • The Director,
    directed by Christina Voros. (Italy) – World Premiere, Documentary. How
    do you make one of the world’s most revered fashion brands your own?
    That is the task facing creative director Frida Giannini in this
    authoritative look at the past, present and future of The House of
    Gucci, directed by director/cinematographer Christina Voros (Kink)
    and co-produced by James Franco. Taking advantage of rare,
    behind-the-scenes access, Voros shows how the Florentine trendsetter has
    been reimagined in the past few years.
 
  • Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,
    directed by Chiemi Karasawa. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary.
    Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains in the spotlight at eighty-seven
    years old. Join the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner both on
    and off stage in this revealing documentary. With interviews from Tina
    Fey, Nathan Lane, Hal Prince and others, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me blends
    rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité to reach beyond
    Stritch’s brassy exterior, revealing a multi-dimensional portrait of a
    complex woman and an inspiring artist.
 
  • The English Teacher,
    directed by Craig Zisk, written by Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton.
    (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Teacher Linda Sinclair (Julianne
    Moore) balances her staid home life with an incredible passion for her
    subject, but her routine is forever altered when a former star pupil and
    his unsupportive father reenter her life. Go-to television director
    Craig Zisk, whose credits include ScrubsWeeds and United States of Tara,
    takes a turn on the big screen with this insightful comedy about
    self-discovery co-starring Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane, Michael Angarano
    and Lily Collins. A Cinedigm and Tribeca Film co-release.
 
  • Gasland Part II,
    directed and written by Josh Fox. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary.
    Two years ago, Josh Fox introduced us to hydraulic fracturing with his
    Oscar®-nominated exposé Gasland. Now this
    once-touted energy source has become a widely discussed, contentious
    topic. In his follow-up, Fox reveals the extreme circumstances facing
    those affected by fracking, from earthquakes to the use of federal
    anti-terror psychological operations tactics. Gasland Part II is the definitive proof that issues raised by fracking cannot be ignored for long.
 
  • G.B.F.,
    directed by Darren Stein, written by George Northy. (USA) – World
    Premiere, Narrative. The bitter fight for supremacy between a school’s
    most popular girls takes an unexpected turn when Tanner (Michael J.
    Willett) becomes its first openly gay student. As they race to bag the
    big trend in fashion accessories, the Gay Best Friend, Tanner must
    choose between skyrocketing popularity and the friends he is leaving
    behind. Darren Stein (Jawbreaker) returns with another comic
    send-up of high school clique culture, including memorable cameos by
    Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne.
 
  • Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia,
    directed and written by Nicholas Wrathall. (USA) – International
    Premiere, Documentary. Anchored by intimate, one-on-one interviews with
    the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating
    and wholly entertaining tribute to the iconic Gore Vidal. Commentary by
    those who knew him best—including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the
    late Christopher Hitchens—blends with footage from Vidal’s legendary
    on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most
    brilliant and fearless critics of our time.
 
  • Greetings from Tim Buckley,
    directed by Daniel Algrant, written by David Brendel, Emma Sheanshang
    and  Algrant. (USA) – U.S. Premiere, Narrative. “Like father, like son”
    is a demanding expression for someone who never knew his dad. When young
    Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgley) is asked to participate in a tribute
    concert for his late musician father Tim, music opens his eyes to the
    artistic legacy that he is destined to follow. Imogen Poots co-stars in
    this quiet and powerful tribute to those legends sustained by
    admiration, love and, in this case, beautiful music. A Tribeca Film release.
 
  • Haute Cuisine,
    directed by Christian Vincent, written by Etienne Comar and Vincent.
    (France) – North American Premiere, Narrative. Chef Hortense Laborie
    (Catherine Frot) is plucked from relative obscurity to whip up classic
    French dishes for the most powerful man in the nation. Based on the
    real-life story of the personal chef to former French president François
    Mitterand, Haute Cuisine uses the politically charged kitchen and
    corridors of the Élysée Palace as an exquisite backdrop for a nonstop
    parade of mouthwatering dishes in this deliciously French comedy. In English, French with subtitles. The Weinstein Company release.
 
  • I Got Somethin’ to Tell You,
    directed by Whoopi Goldberg. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary.
    Having broken racial and sexual boundaries as a pioneering comic talent,
    the late Moms Mabley has long been an icon in the comedy world. Now
    Whoopi Goldberg takes a deep dive into Mabley’s legacy via recently
    unearthed photography, rediscovered performance footage and the words of
    numerous celebrated comedians. A true passion project for Goldberg, I Got Somethin’ to Tell You shows Mabley’s historical significance and profound influence as a performer vastly ahead of her time.
 
  • In God We Trust,
    directed and written by Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson. (USA) –
    World Premiere, Documentary. Bernie Madoff ruined many lives before his
    arrest in 2008. Perhaps no one was so personally affected as his
    longtime personal secretary, Eleanor Squillari. Meet Squillari in the
    days and months after the arrest, as her obsession with the case grows
    into her own unique search for clues. In God We Trust follows
    Squillari on her personal journey for justice, exposing previously
    unknown facts about the greatest financial crime ever committed.
 
  • Inside Out: The People’s Art Project,
    directed by Alastair Siddons. (France, U.K.) – World Premiere,
    Documentary. This fascinating documentary tracks the evolution of the
    world’s largest participatory art project, the wildly popular “Inside
    Out.” Travel the globe with French artist JR as he motivates communities
    to define their most important causes by pasting giant portraits in the
    street, testing the limits of what they thought possible. In capturing
    the process, Alastair Siddons creates a glowing testament to the power
    of the image and the role that art can play in transforming lives. In Arabic, Creole, English, French, Spanish with subtitles.
 
  • Lil Bub & Friendz,
    directed by Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner. (USA) – World Premiere,
    Documentary. Called “the most famous cat on the Internet,” the wide-eyed
    perma-kitten Lil Bub is the adorable embodiment of the Web’s
    fascination with all things cats. Join Lil Bub and her owner on wild
    cross-country romp as they meet the Internet’s most famous
    cat-lebrities. Chock full of adorable kitties, hilarious videos and the
    dedicated cat enthusiasts who love them, Lil Bub & Friendz is
    a fun and hip peek behind the memes we know and love. Includes Mike
    “The Dude” Bridavsky, Ben Lashes, Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat.
 
  • McConkey,
    directed and written by Steve Winter, Murray Wais, Scott Gaffney, David
    Zieff, and Rob Bruce. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. An all-star
    roster of sports movie-making talent directs this heartfelt biography of
    extreme ski trailblazer Shane McConkey, once described as “the most
    influential skier ever.” McConkey covers
    forty years and countless high places to track Shane’s conversion from
    downhill racer to freeskiing marvel to pioneer of a hair-raising new
    discipline—ski BASE jumping—giving alarming new meaning to the question,
    how far would you go to be the next big thing?
 
  • The Motivation,
    directed by Adam Bhala Lough. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Go
    inside the lives and training regimes of eight of the world’s gutsiest
    professional skateboarders. These fearless stars face unique obstacles
    on the way to the Street League Championship and the coveted title of
    best skateboarder in the world. Adam Bhala Lough, creator of the 2003
    independent hit Bomb the System (TFF
    2003), directs this fresh, energetic documentary in search of the
    elusive quality that separates the winners from the pack. Features Nyjah
    Huston, Ryan Sheckler, Chris Cole, Paul Rodriguez, Sean Malto, Rob
    Dyrdek, Chaz Ortiz, Luan Oliveira, and Bastien Salabanzi. In English, Portuguese with subtitles.
 
  • The Pretty One,
    directed and written by Jenée LaMarque. (USA) – World Premiere,
    Narrative. Audrey has all of the qualities that her twin sister Laurel
    wishes she possessed: confidence, style, independence. When tragedy
    strikes, Laurel has the opportunity to reinvent herself. In a complex
    performance, Zoe Kazan poignantly captures Laurel’s complex mix of loss
    and awakening, especially as she begins a new relationship with her
    neighbor (Jake Johnson). Jenée LaMarque’s first feature film is a
    quirky, lovely tale of identity and the eternal bond between two
    sisters.
 
  • Prince Avalanche,
    directed and written by David Gordon Green. (USA) – New York Premiere,
    Narrative. Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch) spend the summer
    of 1988 repainting a highway in a fire-damaged forest. The isolation
    quickly wears thin on Lance, yet an unlikely friendship emerges within
    their cutting jibes and forced reconciliations to meet the long road
    that lies ahead. David Gordon Green returns to the lyrical tenor of his
    earliest films in this potent blend of comedy and road-movie stoicism,
    based on the 2011 Icelandic film Either Way.  A Magnolia Pictures release.
 
  • The Project, directed and written by Shawn Efran and Adam Ciralsky. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. The Project profiles
    the precarious, real-life story of the Puntland Maritime Police Force, a
    group of Somali pirate hunters. Taking the hijacking of the African
    waterways and the kidnapping of innocent citizens into their
    under-trained hands, the PMPF face mutiny, death and a loss of corporate
    funding in their dangerous quest to free the Middle East shipping
    industry from terror. The mercenaries’ epic battle makes for an intense,
    gripping and disarming ride.
 
  • Reaching for the Moon (Flores Raras),
    directed by Bruno Barreto, written by Matthew Chapman and Carolina
    Kotscho. (Brazil) – North American Premiere, Narrative. Frustrated poet
    Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling
    architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a
    complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters
    Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. Anchored by magnificent
    lead performances from Miranda Otto and Glória Pires, Reaching for the Moon is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it. In English, Portuguese with subtitles.
 
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist,
    directed by Mira Nair, written by Mohsin Hamid, William Wheeler, Ami
    Boghani. (India, Pakistan, USA) – U.S. Premiere, Narrative. Mira Nair (Monsoon WeddingThe Namesake)
    returns with another spellbinding adaptation of a celebrated
    bestseller. Pakistan-born Changez (Riz Ahmed) turns a Princeton degree
    into a cushy life on Wall Street with a gorgeous girlfriend (Kate
    Hudson). Then the Twin Towers fall, and his American dream shatters amid
    interrogations and overwhelming national distrust. He soon questions
    his allegiances, as this thriller exposes the dangers of being a
    stranger in your own land.Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber and Om Puri
    also star. An IFC Films release.
 
  • Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic,
    directed by Marina Zenovich, written by Peter Morgan. (USA) – World
    Premiere, Documentary. This moving portrait of legendary comedian
    Richard Pryor chronicles his life from his troubled youth in Peoria,
    Illinois, to his meteoric rise as one of the most respected comic actors
    of the 20th century. Often misunderstood during the height of his
    celebrity, the late superstar has never been profiled this extensively.
    Marina Zenovich’s revealing and entertaining film lays bare the demons
    with which he struggled and reminds us just how daring and dangerous
    artistic freedom can be. Includes interviews with Whoopi Goldberg, Robin
    Williams, Mel Brooks, Quincy Jones, Lily Tomlin, Jesse Jackson.
 
  • A Single Shot, directed by David M. Rosenthal, written by Matthew F. Jones. (U.K., USA, Canada) – North American Premiere, Narrative. A Single Shot brings
    together a wealth of indie stalwarts, including Sam Rockwell, William
    H. Macy, Melissa Leo and Jeffrey Wright, to paint a tense portrait of
    John Moon, a man attempting to win back his estranged family while
    desperately outrunning an accidental crime. Director David M. Rosenthal
    returns to the Festival with this ominously atmospheric and suspenseful
    backwoods tale of circumstance, based on Matthew F. Jones’s 1996 novel.
 
  • Some Velvet Morning,
    directed and written by Neil LaBute. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
    Fred arrives at Velvet’s doorstep, suitcases in tow. He tells her that
    he has finally left his wife to be with her, news to Velvet since she
    has not seen him in years and is now with Fred’s recently married son.
    As Fred’s hopes crash to earth during a conversation brimming with
    passion, remorse, humor and anger, the twisted heart of a fascinating
    relationship is revealed. Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve star in this
    spirited living room drama.
 
  • Trust Me,
    directed and written by Clark Gregg. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
    Directed by and starring Clark Gregg and featuring Sam Rockwell,
    William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney and Amanda Peet, Trust Me follows
    flailing Hollywood agent Howard, who seemingly strikes gold after
    signing the next big child star. What results is an unexpected ride
    through the nasty inner workings of Hollywood, as Howard desperately
    tries to make it in an industry that has no interest in recognizing his
    bumbling but ultimately genuine nature.
 
  • Whitewash,
    directed by Emanuel  Hoss-Desmarais, written by Marc Tulin and
    Hoss-Desmarais. (Canada) – World Premiere, Narrative. The brutality of
    winter and the power of the mind are aptly portrayed in this dark comedy
    set in Northern Quebec. Bruce (Thomas Haden Church) is merely trying to
    survive a harsh winter when he meets Jean. Conflict leads to an
    accidental death, and Bruce finds himself in a complicated and
    unexpected place. Grappling with his guilt, Bruce creates a prison from
    which he cannot escape. Haden Church perfectly utilizes his comic talent
    in this wry, well-crafted film.

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MIDNIGHT
 
  • Dark Touch,
    directed and written by Marina de Van. (France) – World
    Premiere, Narrative. Niamh is the lone survivor of a bloody massacre
    after the furniture and objects in her family’s isolated house take on a
    monstrous life of their own. The police ignore her wild stories and the
    family friends and social worker who take her in try to introduce a new
    life. But in this psychological thriller, Niamh is unable to leave her
    violent past behind her, endangering everyone who crosses her path.
 
  • Frankenstein’s Army,
    directed by Richard Raaphorst, written by Chris W. Mitchell and Miguel
    Tejada-Flores. (Netherlands) – International Premiere, Narrative. In the
    waning days of World War II, a team of Russian soldiers finds itself on
    a mysterious mission to the lab of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. They
    unearth a terrifying Nazi plan to resurrect fallen soldiers as an army
    of unstoppable freaks and are soon trapped in a veritable haunted house
    of cobbled-together monstrosities. Frankenstein’s Army is the wild steampunk Nazi found-footage zombie mad scientist film you’ve always wanted.
 
  • Fresh Meat,
    directed by Danny Mulheron, written by Briar Grace-Smith. (New Zealand)
    – New York Premiere, Narrative. After a poorly executed escape from the
    police, a gang of dysfunctional criminals flees to the suburbs and gets
    more than it bargained for when it crash lands in the garage of an
    upper-class Maori family whose refined palates have developed a taste
    for human flesh. This action-packed horror comedy tells a
    blood-spattered tale of basement butchery and shifting allegiances as
    these unlikely adversaries enter a deadly showdown. A Tribeca Film release.
 
  • The Machine,
    directed and written by Caradog James. (U.K.) –World Premiere,
    Narrative. Caradog James adds another layer to the Frankenstein story in
    the latest gripping sci-fi adventure to come out of the U.K.. Already
    deep into a second Cold War, Britain’s Ministry of Defence seeks a
    game-changing weapon. Programmer Vincent McCarthy unwittingly provides
    an answer in The Machine, a super-strong human cyborg played by the impressive Caity Lotz (The Pact).
    When a programming bug causes the prototype to decimate his lab,
    McCarthy takes his obsessive efforts underground, far away from
    inquisitive eyes.
 
  • Mr. Jones,
    directed and written by Karl Mueller. (USA) – World Premiere,
    Narrative. Scott (Jon Foster) is a filmmaker in need of inspiration. He
    and his girlfriend Penny move into a desolate house hoping to make a
    breakthrough. Then they discover their neighbor, the elusive Mr. Jones.
    Famous for his haunting sculptures, Mr. Jones has remained a mystery to
    the world. Scott and Penny, convinced that they have found the perfect
    film subject, sneak into his workshop and realize that their curiosity
    may have chilling consequences. Who is Mr. Jones?
 
  • Raze, directed by Josh Waller, written by Robert Beaucage. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Stuntwoman Zoe Bell (Inglorious BasterdsKill Bill 1&2)
    headlines this sly subversion of the women-in-prison genre. After
    Sabrina (Bell) is abducted, she finds herself in an underground lair,
    forced to do battle with other innocent women for the amusement of
    unseen spectators. Each of these reluctant warriors has something to
    lose, but only one will remain when the game is done. Violent and
    relentless, Raze takes its video game
    aesthetic to the deepest and darkest places, rarely surfacing for air.
    Includes Rachel Nichols and Tracie Thoms.
 
  • V/H/S/2,
    directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale,
    Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans, Jason Eisener, written by Barrett, Jamie
    Nash, Tjahjanto, Evans, Eisener, and John Davies (USA, Indonesia) – New
    York Premiere, Narrative. Investigators break into a house, find a vast
    collection of VHS tapes and play them one by one. The videos include
    visions of the paranormal, flesh-eating zombies, a shockingly genuine
    scene of hell on earth and a slumber party gone horribly awry. This
    highly anticipated sequel to last year’s horror breakout V/H/S features contributions from contemporary genre filmmaking’s leading talents, including the creators of Hobo with a ShotgunThe RaidYou’re Next and The Blair Witch ProjectIn English, Indonesian with subtitles. A Magnet Release.
STORYSCAPES

  • A Journal of Insomnia, Project creators: Bruno Choiniere, Philippe Lambert, and Guillaume Braun. (Canada). Insomniacs
    are both spectators and actors in this large, interactive fresco that
    combines hundreds of personal reflections on sleepless nights, gathered
    online from insomniacs around the world since fall 2012. This work,
    produced by The National Film Board of Canada, provides a cutting
    portrait of insomnia as a universal and peculiarly wide-ranging
    affliction and challenges visitors to experience the condition for
    themselves.
 
  • Robots in Residence, Project Creators: Brent Hoff and Alexander Reben. (USA). Robots in Residence challenges
    Alfred Hitchcock’s claim that “in feature films the director is God; in
    documentary films God is the director.” Here there is no god, as
    pre-programmed robots collaborate with festival audiences to direct and
    shoot a documentary in its entirety. Robot artist Alexander Reben and
    filmmaker Brent Hoff forge a provocative new form of documentary
    storytelling by using robots as a lens through which we take a new look
    at humanity.
 
  • Sandy Storyline, Project Creators: Rachel Falcone, Laura Gottesdiener, and Michael Premo. (USA). Using audio, photography, text and video, Sandy Storyline is
    an ever-growing documentary narrative as community members and
    volunteers offer their accounts of the storm and the efforts to recover
    and rebuild local neighborhoods. The project forges a new type of media
    in time of crisis, one that is participatory, interactive and designed
    for community empowerment.
 
  • Star Wars Uncut, Project Creator: Casey Pugh. (USA). Love Star Wars but
    think you would have done it differently? Then this fun, creative and
    wonderfully nostalgic interactive media project is for you. Using
    everything from hand-drawn animations to intricate reenactments, fans
    and series novices created short alternatives to the Star Wars storyline and went online to piece them all together. Discover a whole new approach to Star Wars, one fifteen-second burst at a time.
 
  • This Exquisite Forest, Project Creators:  Aaron Koblin and Chris Milk (USA). Conceived by Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin and produced by Google and Tate Modern, This Exquisite Forest was inspired by the surrealist game “exquisite corpse” and its idea of collaborative creation. The project, hosted at exquisiteforest.com,
    allows visitors to create short animations right in their web browser.
    Other users may build on the animation at any point, creating a
    collection of navigable, branching narratives resembling trees that grow
    bigger as more artists contribute.
SPECIAL SCREENINGS
  • Alberi, directed by Michaelangelo Frammartino. (Italy) –World Premiere, Documentary. Wrapping the audience in waves of sound,Alberi takes
    us on a circular journey through the Italian countryside. The marvelous
    natural music at the tops of the eponymous trees makes way for the
    rhythmic cadence of civilization—men baring axes and the natural clatter
    of daily life—before their unforgettable return home from the forest.
    The singular artistry of director Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quatro volte) is beautifully displayed in this mesmerizing homage to nature. Italian with subtitles.
Alberi will
run as an installation in the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 from April 18th
through the end of the month, with a special event celebrating the world
premiere on the evening of Saturday, April 20th.
 
  • Sidewalk Stories,
    directed and written by Charles Lane. (USA) –Narrative. The low-budget,
    New York-in-the-’80s movie that proves that silence is not all that
    golden, Charles Lane’s magnetic Sidewalk Stories is
    long overdue for rediscovery. Lane plays a sidewalk chalk artist whose
    efforts to care for an abandoned toddler are confounded by the oddball
    homeless characters he meets. Black-and-white and mostly silent, the
    film is an ingenious and whimsical effort by a black artist to give a
    voice to those who have none.
 
  • Herblock – The Black & The White,
    directed by Michael Stevens, written by Sara Lukinson and Stevens.
    (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Herbert Block’s career at The Washington Post spanned
    fifty-five years and thirteen presidents, a timeframe in which he
    claimed three Pulitzer Prizes, the Medal of Freedom and a significant
    role in President Nixon’s resignation. Ben Bradlee, Tom Brokaw, Bob
    Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Jules Feiffer, Ted Koppel and Jon Stewart are
    among the many commentators bearing witness to Block’s life, work and
    indelible contribution to American satire in this inviting documentary. Herbert Block to attend. 
 
  • The Trials of Muhammad Ali,
    directed by Bill Siegel. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Brash
    boxer Cassius Clay burst into the American consciousness in the early
    1960s, just ahead of the Civil Rights movement. His transformation into
    the spiritually enlightened heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is
    legendary, but this religious awakening also led to a bitter legal
    battle with the U.S. government after he refused to serve in the Vietnam
    War. This film reveals the perfect storm of race, religion and politics
    that shaped one of the most recognizable figures in sports history.
 
  • Running From Crazy,
    directed by Barbara Kopple. (USA) – New York Premiere, Documentary.
    Join actress Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of legendary author Ernest
    Hemingway, as she examines the mental illness and suicide that colors
    her family’s history and tries to avert that fate for herself and her
    daughters. By mixing in remarkable archival footage of the three
    Hemingway sisters, two-time Academy Award®-winner Barbara Kopple expands
    one famous family’s deeply embedded truths into a broad picture of the
    courage it takes to face the past and change your future.
 
  • Möbius,
    directed and written by Eric Rochant. (France) – International
    Premiere,  Narrative. Set in the incomparable beauty of Monaco, Eric
    Rochant’s first feature in seven years follows undercover Russian FSB
    officer Gregory Lioubov (Jean Dujardin, The Artist) and international trader Alice Redmond (Cécile De France, Hereafter),
    who has her own secrets to hide. Their relationship sparks a deadly
    chase to snag Lioubov’s real target, business magnate Ivan Rostovsky
    (Tim Roth). Also starring Émilie Dequenne, Möbius is a twisting, sexy
    spy thriller that fittingly leaves you guessing which way is up. F
    eaturing special guest appearances from director Eric Rochant and main actress Cécile de France.

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Chris L.

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I've been following indie festivals news only for the last couple of years, but it seems horror films and "midnight" selections have become the staple of any indie festival recently right ? Was SXSW at the forefront as it seems ?

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