Keeping up with a musical theme, the Tribeca Film Festival has just added the work-in-progress James Brown documentary as well as “Björk: Biophilia Live” to their 2014 lineup. Tribeca also announced that Nas will perform onstage following the opening night premiere of his film “Life is Illmatic.”
Directed by Alex Gibney (“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” and “Taxi to the Dark Side”), the James Brown documentary follows the legendary singer who came from nothing and made a life for himself. In addition to his rags to riches story, the film will also explore Brown’s musical journey and his work for the civil rights movement. It will show at Tribeca on April 27. The still-untitled documentary is one of two slated James Brown films.
“Björk: Biophilia Live,” helmed by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, follows the concert tour of the eclectic Icelandic musician Björk’s eighth studio album. Besides showing footage of Björk’s live performances, Strickland and Fenton will also showcase animation sequences from apps made by some of the world’s best designers. Coinciding with the theme of the album, the documentary blends Bjork’s unique musical voice with nature. “Björk: Biophilia Live” will premiere on premiere on April 26.
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival will last from April 15-27.