Tribeca Adds Music Docs from Alex Gibney and ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ Director Peter Strickland

Tribeca Adds Music Docs from Alex Gibney and 'Berberian Sound Studio' Director Peter Strickland

They can’t have Tribeca without Alex Gibney. And so today’s announcement that the prolific documentarian’s newest film, an untitled James Brown doc, is a new addition to the upcoming 2014 fest makes sense. Also added to the lineup is another music-oriented doc, “Bjork: Biophilia Live,” directed by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland (“Berberian Sound Studio”), and making its world premiere.

Tribeca certainly has a music streak this year, with hip-hop doc “Time Is Illmatic,” on the rapper Nas’s famous album, opening the fest. Their feature film lineup is here; short program here.

Tribeca runs April 16 – 27 in New York. Here’s more info on both of the newly added titles:

Untitled James Brown Documentary, directed and written by
Alex Gibney.
(USA) – Work In Progress, Documentary. James Brown changed the
face of American music. Soul Brother Number One, as he was known, pioneered the
journey from rhythm and blues to funk. 
More than that, this American legend—who willed himself to life after he
was stillborn—was a classic embodiment of the American dream.  The son of a “turpentine man” from
rural South Carolina, Brown became one the greatest live performers ever known,
the “hardest working man in show business,” and a self-made
millionaire.  As he often said, it was
“show AND business.”  Once
successful, one of his first orders of business was to launch the soundtrack
for a new civil rights movement: “Say It Loud: I’m Black and I’m
Proud.”  With unique cooperation of
the Brown estate, this is a definitive documentary biography of the James Brown
story and legend, 1933–1974. The screening will be followed by a special
conversation with Director Alex Gibney on April 27th.

Björk: Biophilia Live, directed by Nick Fenton & Peter
Strickland.
(UK) – World Premiere, Documentary. From a mind unlike any other,
Biophilia Live chronicles the multidimensional concert centered on the eighth
studio album of avant-garde Icelandic artist, Björk. Directors Nick Fenton and
Peter Strickland, unique voices in their own right, film Björk live in
performance, and punctuate her music with evocative animation from apps created
by the world’s top 10 designers combined with science and nature archive and
found footage. This is inspired by the themes of the album which explore the
relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena—atomic, cellular
and cosmic.
  The infinitely creative
journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original
musical endeavors of a generation. The film will screen at TFF on April
26th
.
  

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