Tribeca Film Festival Unveils Lineups for Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screenings Sections

Tribeca Film Festival Unveils Lineups for Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screenings Sections

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its feature film
selections in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screenings sections, as well
as the selections for its Storyscapes program.

The Spotlight section features 31 films, with 20 of those
titles having their world premieres. The Midnight section will open with “Preservation”;
the Special Screenings include a work-in-progress documentary from Louie
Psihoyos (“The Cove”), titled” 6,” on a team of activists who risk their lives
to shed light on species extinction.

The 13th edition of the fest runs April 16-27 in New York
City. The world competition narrative and doc lineups, as well as the
Viewpoints section, are here.

The Shorts lineup will be revealed March 11.

SPOTLIGHT 

5 to 7, directed and written by Victor Levin. (USA) – World
Premiere, Narrative. Young aspiring novelist Brian (Anton Yelchin) meets
Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe), the sophisticated wife of a French Diplomat. They
soon embark on a “cinq-a-sept” affair that challenges Brian’s traditional
American ideas of love and relationships. A cosmopolitan comedy of manners told
with surprising warmth and lightness, 5 to 7 marks writer and producer Levin’s
(Mad Men) directorial debut, and welcomes actress Marlohe (Skyfall) as a
glamorous, ebullient screen presence. With Glenn Close and Frank Langella.

About Alex, directed and written by Jesse Zwick. (USA) –
World Premiere, Narrative. A circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a
weekend away to console a suicidal member of their group. Yet, despite their
best efforts to enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited
love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion of drama that,
coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, cannot be
contained. A Big Chill for our current social media moment, About Alex is a
lighthearted look at the struggles of a generation that has it all—and wants
more.  Starring Aubrey Plaza, Max
Greenfield, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter, Nate Parker, and Maggie Grace.

Alex of Venice, directed by Chris Messina, written by
Jessica Goldberg and Katie Nehra & Justin Shilton. (USA) – World Premiere,
Narrative. Workaholic environmental attorney Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has
always relied on her husband George (Chris Messina) to take the reins at home.
But when he unexpectedly asks for a break, his departure forces Alex to
reevaluate her life as she juggles the care of her son and needs of an
aspiring-actor father (Don Johnson), all amid the most important case of her
life. Actor Chris Messina steps behind the camera for his directorial debut
about a woman pushed to the edge who finds the strength to press on.

All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State,
directed by Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper. (USA) – World Premiere,
Documentary. An unmissable documentary for any political junkie, All About Ann
celebrates the achievements of larger-than-life Ann Richards, who became the
first elected female governor of Texas. Her cool demeanor, acid wit, and
passion for social inclusivity made her one of the most powerful and
progressive governors in U.S. history, a liberal democrat intent on building
“the new Texas.” But, when the 1994 election begins, Richards is faced with her
toughest challenge yet, as an increasingly conservative majority turn towards a
new, pro-business candidate: George W. Bush. 
An HBO Documentary Film.

 

Boulevard, directed by Dito Montiel, written by Douglas
Soesbe. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Nolan Mack, a soft-spoken bank
employee, undoubtedly loves his wife Joy, though their cavernous empty house
only underscores how disconnected they’ve always been from each other. Nolan
finds himself drifting from his familiar present-day life in pursuit of lost
time after meeting a troubled young man named Leo on his drive home. What
begins as an aimless drive down an unfamiliar street turns into a life-altering
series of events. Robin Williams and Kathy Baker deliver quietly stirring
performances in this touching film about finding the strength to be true to
yourself at any age.

Bright Days Ahead (Les beaux jours), directed by Marion
Vernoux, written by Fanny Chesnel. (France) – U.S. Premiere, Narrative. In this
sophisticated and sexy drama, a newly retired woman in her 60s (French cinema
icon Fanny Ardant, 8 Women, Confidentially Yours) finds herself tumbling into
an affair with a much younger man (Laurent Lafitte, Little White Lies), her
computer teacher at the local seniors’ club. As she finds herself courting
danger—taking her young lover to places they could easily be discovered by her
husband (Patrick Chesnais, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)—she must decide
if her retirement will mark the end for her marriage, or a new beginning. In
French with English Subtitles. A Tribeca Film Release.

 

Chef, directed and written by Jon Favreau. (USA) – New York
Premiere, Narrative. After talented and dynamic chef Carl Casper’s (Favreau)
social media-fueled meltdown against his nemesis food critic lands him without
any job prospects, Chef Casper hits the road with his son and his sous chef
(John Leguizamo) to launch a brand new food truck business. Complete with
lavish food imagery and a star-studded cast including Sofia Vergara, Robert
Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, and Amy Sedaris,
Favreau’s fresh take on food and chef culture has poignant messages about the
media-driven world in which we live and the real meaning of success. An Open
Road Release.

Every Secret Thing, directed by Amy Berg, written by Nicole
Holofcener. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. One clear summer day in a
Baltimore suburb, a baby goes missing from her front porch. Two young girls
serve seven years for the crime and are released into a town that hasn’t fully
forgiven or forgotten. Soon, another child is missing, and two detectives are
called in to investigate the mystery in a community where everyone seems to
have a secret. An ensemble cast, including Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota
Fanning, and Nate Parker, brings to life Laura Lippman’s acclaimed novel of
love, loss, and murder.

In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten), directed by Hans
Petter Moland, written by Kim Fupz Aakeson. (Norway) – North American Premiere,
Narrative. Upstanding community leader Nils (Stellan Skarsgård) has just won an
award for ‘Citizen of the Year’ when he learns the news that his son has died
of a heroin overdose. Suspecting foul play, Nils begins to investigate, and
soon finds himself at the center of an escalating underworld gang war between
Serbian drug dealers and a sociopathic criminal mastermind known only as “The
Count.” Hans Petter Moland’s action-thriller is an entertaining and intelligent
black comedy set in the dead of frozen Norwegian winter. In English, Norwegian,
and Swedish with English subtitles.

In Your Eyes, directed by Brin Hill, written by Joss Whedon.
(USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. East Coast housewife Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) lives a
comfortable, sheltered life, but she always knew there was something special
about herself. Charismatic ex-con Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) has paid his debt
to society and is ready for a fresh start in New Mexico, including a burgeoning
flirtation with local good-time-gal Donna (Nikki Reed). When the two polar
opposites realize they are strangely connected, an utterly unique metaphysical
romance begins in TFF alum Brin Hill’s sweet and smart film, which star Zoe
Kazan aptly described as “Joss Whedon does Nicholas Sparks.”

Just Before I Go, directed by Courteney Cox, written by
David Flebotte. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Seann William Scott plays
Ted Morgan, a down-on-his-luck everyman who has decided he’s had enough of the
hard knocks life has thrown his way. But before saying his final adieu, Ted
returns to his hometown to right a few wrongs. Enter a zany cast of characters,
including Rob Riggle, Olivia Thirlby, and Garret Dillahunt, who, whilst royally
messing up his scheme, manage to teach him a few clumsy, but ultimately
valuable lessons.

Keep On Keepin’ On, directed and written by Alan Hicks,
co-written by Davis Coombe. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Eighty-nine
year old trumpeting legend Clark Terry has mentored jazz wonders like Miles
Davis and Quincy Jones, but Terry’s most unlikely friendship is with Justin
Kauflin, a 23-year-old blind piano player with uncanny talent, but debilitating
nerves. As Justin prepares for the most pivotal moment in his budding career,
Terry’s ailing health threatens to end his own. Charming and nostalgic, Alan
Hicks’ melodic debut celebrates an iconic musician while introducing an
emerging star of equal vibrancy.

Life Partners, directed and written by Susanna Fogel,
co-written by Joni Lefkowitz. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Nearing 30,
Sasha and Paige realize their codependent friendship is preventing either of
them from settling down. But when Paige meets the dorky yet lovable Tim, Sasha
fears that she’s being replaced. Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Gabourey
Sidibe, and Adam Brody star in a comedy revolving around two friends and the
guy that strikes discord in their harmoniously laid-back resistance to growing
up. Directed by Susanna Fogel, Life Partners affectionately tackles the
intimacy and complexity of female friendship.

Love is Strange, directed and written by Ira Sachs,
co-written by Mauricio Zacharias. (USA) – New York Premiere, Narrative. Ira
Sachs returns to the indie scene following 2012’s acclaimed Keep the Lights On
with another new take on modern love. Acting veterans John Lithgow and Alfred
Molina star as Ben and George, a Manhattan couple who are finally given the
opportunity to make their union official. But when Ben loses his teaching job
as a result, the relationship is tested in unconventional ways—leaving them to
lean more heavily than ever on their love to hold things together. A Sony
Pictures Classics Release.

Lucky Them, directed by Megan Griffiths, written by Huck
Botko and Emily Wachtel. (USA) – U.S. Premiere, Narrative. More interested in
partying and flirting with young musicians than work, veteran rock journalist
Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) has one last chance to prove her value to her
magazine’s editor: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened
to long lost rock god, Matt Smith, who also happens to be her
ex-boyfriend.  Teaming up with an
eccentric amateur documentary filmmaker (Thomas Haden Church in a delightful
performance), Ellie hits the road in search of answers in this charming dramedy
set against the vibrant Seattle indie music scene. An IFC Films Release.

Manos Sucias, directed and written by Josef Wladyka,
co-written by Alan Blanco. (Colombia, USA) – International Premiere, Narrative.
Towing a submerged torpedo in the wake of their battered fishing boat, a
desperate fisherman and a naive kid embark on a journey trafficking millions of
dollars worth of cocaine. Shot entirely on location along the Pacific coast of
Colombia—in areas that bear the indelible scars of the drug trade—Manos Sucias
refuses to glamorize the drug trade but rather seeks to offer a rare glimpse of
its devastating effects. Executive Produced by Spike Lee.

Match, directed and written by Stephen Belber. (USA) – World
Premiere, Narrative. A Seattle couple (Matthew Lillard and Carla Gugino) travel
to New York to interview colorful former dancer Tobi (played with remarkable
dexterity by Patrick Stewart) for research on a dissertation about dance. But
soon, common niceties and social graces erode when the questions turn personal
and the true nature of the interview is called into question. Based on the Tony
Award-winning play of the same name, Match moves effortlessly between riotous
wit and delicate poignancy in this story of responsibility, artistic
commitment, and love.

 

Miss Meadows, directed and written by Karen Leigh Hopkins
(USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Prim schoolteacher Miss Meadows (Katie
Holmes) is not entirely what she appears. Well-mannered, sweet, and caring,
yes, but underneath the candy-sweet exterior hides the soul of a vigilante,
taking it upon herself to right the wrongs in this cruel world by whatever
means necessary. Things get complicated, however, when Miss Meadows gets
romantically entangled with the town sheriff (James Badge Dale) and her
steadfast moral compass is thrown off, begging the question: “Who is the real
Miss Meadows and what is she hiding?”

The Newburgh Sting, directed by David Heilbroner and Kate
Davis, written by David Heilbroner. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Just
60 miles north of New York City sits the poverty-stricken town of Newburgh,
where, in 2009, four men were arrested for a plan to bomb two Jewish centers in
the Bronx. But their leader, a suspicious Pakistani businessman planted by the
government as an informant, led these men straight into the hands of the
authorities. With endless footage gathered from hidden cameras, directors David
Heilbroner and Kate Davis investigate just what homegrown terrorism truly means
in this shocking and galvanizing exposé.

Night Moves, directed and written by Kelly Reichardt,
co-written by Jon Raymond. (USA) – U.S. Premiere, Narrative. Jesse Eisenberg,
Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard star as radical activists surreptitiously
plotting to blow up Oregon’s Green Peter Dam in an act of environmental
sabotage. As their plan marches inexorably towards fruition, they soon discover
that small steps have enormous consequences. Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy
director Kelly Reichardt crafts another graceful and absorbing film about
outsiders searching for a meaningful place on the edges of the system in this
atmospheric environmental thriller. A Cinedigm Release.

The One I Love, directed by Charlie McDowell, written by
Justin Lader. (USA) – New York Premiere, Narrative. In Charlie McDowell’s
refreshing and inventive twist on the love story, Ethan and Sophie escape to a
country retreat in a last ditch attempt to save their ailing marriage. But what
begins as a quiet opportunity to reconnect soon morphs into an unexplainable
head trip that forces the couple to confront their relationship in an
impossibly unique way. Starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss in heartfelt
performances, The One I Love turns the romantic comedy upside down with an
altogether original take on monogamy, relationships, and how much you ever
really know your partner. A Radius-TWC Release.

The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir, directed
by Mike Fleiss. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Drop out of school to ride
with the Merry Pranksters. Form America’s most enduring jam band. Become a
family man and father. Never stop chasing the muse. Bob Weir took his own path
to and through superstardom as rhythm guitarist for The Grateful Dead. Mike
Fleiss re-imagines the whole wild journey in this magnetic rock doc and concert
film, with memorable input from bandmates, contemporaries, followers, family,
and, of course, the inimitable Bob Weir himself.

Palo Alto, directed and written by Gia Coppola, adapted from
Palo Alto: Stories by James Franco. (USA) – U.S. Premiere, Narrative. Popular
but shy soccer player April (Emma Roberts) frequently babysits for her
single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco), while Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an
introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick, Fred (Nat Wolff), is an
unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. One party bleeds into
another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and
Fred’s escalating recklessness spirals into chaos. Palo Alto is a vibrant
cinematic immersion into the overlapping stories and emotions that make up the
high school experience. A Tribeca Film Release.

The Search for General Tso, directed by Ian Cheney. (USA) –
World Premiere, Documentary. From New York City to the farmlands of the
Midwest, there are 50,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S., yet one dish in particular
has conquered the American culinary landscape with a force befitting its
military moniker—“General Tso’s Chicken.” But who was General Tso and how did
this dish become so ubiquitous? Ian Cheney’s delightfully insightful
documentary charts the history of Chinese Americans through the surprising
origins of this sticky, sweet, just-spicy-enough dish that we’ve adopted as our
own.

Silenced, directed by James Spione. (USA) – World Premiere,
Documentary. Only 11 Americans have ever been charged under the Espionage Act
of 1917; eight of them since President Obama took office. Academy
Award®-nominated documentarian James Spione returns to TFF with the incredible
personal journeys of two members of that octet, Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou,
along with accountability advocate, Jesselyn Radack, who helped bring their
cases to light. With resonance in the post-Snowden era, Silenced catalogs the
lengths to which the government has gone to keep its most damning secrets
quiet, in an impassioned and thought-provoking defense of whistleblowers
everywhere. Executive produced by Susan Sarandon.

Sister, directed and written by David Lascher, co-written by
Todd Camhe. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. When unstable Connie (Barbara
Hershey) is tragically widowed, she finds it impossible to care for her
delinquent adolescent daughter, Nicki, forcing her son, Bill (Reid Scott), to
take his sister in. As the two begin to forge a healthy bond, well-meaning Bill
implements his own method of treatment for Nicki’s mental troubles, but, when
turmoil persists, he must reconcile his beliefs with what actually may be best
for his sister. Sister addresses the polemic issue of youth psychotropic drug
prescription with restraint and sensitivity.

Slaying the Badger, directed and written by John Dower. (UK)
– World Premiere, Documentary. Before Lance Armstrong, there was Greg LeMond,
who is now the first and only American to win the Tour de France. In this
engrossing documentary, LeMond looks back at the pivotal 1986 Tour, and his
increasingly vicious rivalry with friend, teammate, and mentor Bernard Hinault.
The reigning Tour champion and brutal competitor known as “The Badger,” Hinault
‘promised’ to help LeMond to his first victory, in return for LeMond supporting
him in the previous year. But in a sport that purports to reward teamwork, it’s
really every man for himself. An ESPN Films Production.

Super Duper Alice Cooper, directed and written by Reginald
Harkema, Scot McFadyen, and Sam Dunn. (Canada) – World Premiere, Documentary.
Emerging from the Detroit music scene of the 1970s in a flurry of long hair and
sequins, Alice Cooper restored hard rock with a sense of showmanship, while
simultaneously striking fear into the hearts of Middle America with the
chicken-slaughtering, dead-baby-eating theatrics that would cement his identity
as a glam metal icon. Meticulously crafted from rare archival footage, Super Duper
Alice Cooper tells the story of the man behind the makeup, Vincent Furnier, the
son of a preacher, who got caught in the grip of his own monster.

Third Person, directed and written by Paul Haggis. (Belgium)
– U.S. Premiere, Narrative. Veteran screenwriter and director Paul Haggis
(Crash) brings to the screen a calculated vision of the drama of love. Three
stories set in cities known for romance—New York, Rome, and Paris—take raw and
personal twists as characters grapple with the difficulties of modern
relationships. With a heavyweight cast including James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam
Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, and Maria Bello, Haggis once again weaves
an intricate narrative out of seemingly separate worlds. A Sony Pictures
Classics Release.

Untitled Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson Documentary. (USA,
Denmark) – World Premiere, Documentary. Stay tuned for more information on this
new documentary exploring the fans of a beloved childhood toy.

 

Venus in Fur (La
Vénus à la fourrure)
, directed and written by Roman Polanski, co-written by
David Ives. (France, Poland) – North American Premiere, Narrative. Thomas
(Matthieu Almaric) is a theater director staging an adaptation of an obscure
19th century Austrian novel. Frustrated by the quality of actresses he has
auditioned, Thomas is about to give up when mysterious Vanda (Emmanuelle
Seigner, Polanski’s wife) arrives in his theater unannounced, knowing every
line by heart. As the two begin a fevered, intense, and at times aggressive
collaboration, the lines between passion and obsession (and theater and
reality) begin to blur in auteur Roman Polanski’s latest New York stage
adaptation. In French and German with English subtitles. A Sundance Selects
Release.

MIDNIGHT

 

The Canal, directed and written by Ivan Kavanagh. (Ireland)
– World Premiere, Narrative. Film archivist David and his wife are perfectly
happy—or so he believes. When a looming secret shatters their marriage at the
same time as a turn-of-the-century film reel he is studying reveals their house
to be the site of a 1902 multiple-murder, David begins to unravel, and the
house’s eerie history threatens to repeat itself. Dripping with tension and
chilling to the core, this visceral Irish ghost story is a visually arresting
and genuinely shocking journey into the darkness within.

Der Samurai, directed and written by Till Kleinert.
(Germany) – International Premiere, Narrative. A samurai-wielding figure
wearing a white dress lurks menacingly in the forest, waiting to descend upon
an unsuspecting village in the muddy backwaters of rural East Germany. As heads
roll with each stroke of his sword, dutiful, straight-laced cop Jakob becomes
increasingly powerless to resist the draw of the Samurai’s feral otherness. The
two enter into a bizarre folie à deux as Jakob is forced to confront his own
carnal impulses that he has long sought to repress.

 

Extraterrestrial,
directed by Colin Minihan, written by The Vicious Brothers. (Canada) – World
Premiere, Narrative. The Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters) return to Tribeca
with their latest heart-pumping thriller. Five friends set out to a cabin in
the woods for a fun weekend getaway—that is, until extraterrestrial visitors
turn it into a fight for their lives. The group is pulled from their reverie
when a flickering object crashes deep in the woods. As they investigate, the
friends stumble across an alien spacecraft, and its inhabitants have not
arrived in peace.

Indigenous, directed by Alastair Orr, written by Max
Roberts. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. A group of five American friends on
the cusp of adulthood travel to Panama to relax and reconnect. They befriend a
local woman in their hotel bar—and despite some ominous whispers—she goes
against the specific instructions of her brother and brings the Americans on a
daytrip into the pristine falls at the nearby jungle. What begins as an
innocent outing to a picturesque waterfall quickly turns terrifying after she
suddenly goes missing. As night closes in, the friends realize too late the
truth behind the rumors—the legendary, blood-sucking Chupacabra is now stalking
them. In English and Spanish with subtitles.

Intramural, directed by Andrew Disney, written by Bradley
Jackson. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. There comes a time in every
fifth-year senior’s life where they must either accept the impending ‘real
world’ of jobs, marriage, and payment plans or shirk that responsibility in
favor of playing the most glorious intramural football game your school
probably doesn’t really care to see. In this full throttle and hilarious
send-up of inspirational sports movies, director Andrew Disney harnesses every
cliché and overused trope to tell the greatest (and only) intramural sports
movie of all time. Featuring an ensemble cast including Kate MacKinnon, Jay
Pharoah, Beck Bennett, and Nikki Reed.

Preservation, directed and written by Christopher Denham,
(USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Three family members head deep into the
woods for a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at
home. When all of their gear is stolen, they turn on each other, but soon
realize there are much more treacherous forces at work. Actor Christopher
Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with this finely crafted
horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black),
Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire).

Zombeavers, directed and written by Jordan Rubin, co-written
by Al Kaplan and Jon Kaplan. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. You know the
story: sexy teens head to a secluded lakeside cabin for a weekend of debauched
fun, only to be menaced by a mysterious force picking them off one by one. But
here, the culprit proves to be a horde of rabid zombie beavers! The B-movie
creature feature is making a comeback, and with 2 million views of its trailer
in its first two weeks alone, Zombeavers is a veritable phenomenon. And it’s
finally here. Special midnight screening.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

6, directed by Louie Psihoyos. (USA) – Work In Progress,
Documentary. From the Academy Award®- winning filmmaking team that revealed
oceanic atrocities in The Cove comes a bigger and bolder mission. Utilizing
state-of-the-art equipment, director Louie Psihoyos assembles a team of
activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that will change
the way we understand issues of endangered species and mass extinction. Whether
infiltrating notorious black markets with guerilla-style tactics, or working
with artists to create beautiful imagery with unexpected animal subjects, 6
will literally change the way you see the world.

 

 A Brony Tale,
directed by Brent Hodge, written by Ashleigh Ball and Hodge. (USA) – World
Premiere, Documentary. Born of internet mecca 4chan, the “Brony”
phenomenon is a flourishing community of adult, mostly male, fans of the
children’s cartoon “My Little Pony: 
Friendship is Magic,” a group drawn together by their mutual love
of the show’s positive, teamwork-oriented moral.  Brent Hodge’s funny and illuminating
documentary surveys the members of this surprising subculture, framed by the
journey of Ashleigh Bell, one of the show’s voice actors, to embrace her
unexpected fan base.

Journey to the West (Xi You), directed and written by Tsai
Ming Liang. (France, Taiwan R.O.C.) – North American Premiere, Narrative. A
meditation loosely based on the classical Chinese story by Wu Cheng’en. This
groundbreaking new interpretation brings the legendary pilgrimage of a Buddhist
Monk into the present tense. Director Tsai Ming Liang bids us to look and
listen, providing a timeless take on the spiritual journey of an individual
whose main battle is the constant negotiation between the self and the substrate
in which he finds himself. Journey to the West proposes that true enlightenment
awaits those who endure.

This Time Next Year, directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah
Zaman. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. In 2012, Superstorm Sandy swept
along the East Coast, devastating countless communities in its wake. This is
one community’s story of what it takes to rebuild. TFF alum Jeff Reichert
(Gerrymandering) teams up with co-director/producer Farihah Zaman to follow the
residents of Long Beach Island, NJ, during the first full year after the storm.
Funded by Tribeca Film Institute with support from the Rockefeller Foundation,
this documentary is more than just a film; it is a call to action.

True Son, directed by Kevin Gordon. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Stockton, California is considered one of the worst cities in the United
States, riddled with financial crisis and crime rates rivaling Afghanistan. But
where everyone else saw hopelessness, 22-year-old Michael Tubbs saw
possibility. In 2012, Tubbs decided to run for City Council to reinvent his
hometown, building his campaign from the ground up. In Kevin Gordon’s
passionate and inspirational documentary he sets out to beat a politician twice
his age and bring his community back from bankruptcy.

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