With the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival a little over a month away (April 15-26), the event has finally announced its complete lineup of 60 short films. Curated from 3,076 submissions, the 2015 shorts program features 40 world premieres from 18 countries, including Argentina, Denmark, Finland, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Norway, Sweden and more. The shorts will be presented in nine programs made up of five narrative, three documentary and one combined narrative/documentary programs.
The list of the Tribeca short film selections is as follows:
Be Yourself – Documentary Program
“American Renaissance” (USA) – directed and written by Ryan Scafuro and Jarred Alterman. North American Premiere. Explores the fantastic world of Elizabethan England at one of the largest renaissance faires in the U.S.
“Live Fast, Draw Yung” (USA) – directed by Stacey Lee and Anthony Mathile. World Premiere. Follows 7-year-old rap portraitist Yung Lenox and his dad Skip, an unconventional artistic duo navigating the tumultuous worlds of hip hop and modern day parenting.
“Eternal Princess (Printesa Vesnica)” (USA) – directed by Katie Holmes. World Premiere. “ESPN Film’s 30 for 30” exploring the extraordinary life of famed Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who at the age of 14 scored the first perfect 10 during the 1976 Olympics, and is now a loving mother, philanthropist and sports icon.
“All American Family” (USA) – directed by Andrew Jenks. World Premiere. Four generations of the Pederson family have had a star player on The Eagles, one of the best football teams in California, but unlike other teams these players are all deaf.
“Elder” (USA) – directed and written by Genéa Gaudet. World Premiere. A 1974 Mormon missionary falls in love with a handsome Italian Communist and his world is turned upside down.
“My Enemy, My Brother” (Canada) – directed and written by Ann Shin. World Premiere. Former Iran-Iraq War enemies, Zahed and Najah, become blood brothers 25 years after one saves the other’s life.
Family Dynamics – Narrative Program
“Merry Xmas” (USA) – directed by Boman Modine, written by Matthew Modine. World Premiere. A mischievous dad tells his adult kids he’s divorcing their mom… just in time for the holidays.
“SexLife” (U.K.) – directed by Stefan Georgiou, written by Kefi Chadwick. New York Premiere. Dan and Mia haven’t had sex since before the birth of their son, so Dan takes extreme action and decides to get Mia back in the mood.
“A Boy’s Life” (USA) – directed and written by Howard McCain. U.S. Premiere. A portrait of a troubled youth in an environment of chaos and violence.
“The Arrest (HAMA’ATZAR)” (Israel) – directed by Yair Agmon. North American Premiere. A film about occupation and creation; the story deconstructs reality to tell a believable tale about a different Middle East.
“Birthday” (USA) – directed and written by Chris King. New York Premiere. When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead is going to be a difficult yet amazing journey for them both.
“Personal Development” (Ireland) – directed by Tom Sullivan, written by Muirinn Lane Kelly. International Premiere. Fintan’s already fragile relationship with his youngest daughter is put to the test with the arrival of some unexpected news.
“The Parker Tribe” (USA) – directed and written by Jane Baker, co-written by Roberta Munroe. World Premiere. Jo, the oldest daughter in a loud Irish Catholic family of nine, questions her place in the family while taking care of her two critically ill brothers.
FML – Narrative Program
“Cafe Glass” (USA) – directed and written by Wen Ren. World Premiere. In a future augmented by wearable tech and online dating a student must risk offline dating to connect with a mysterious profile due to a failed network
“Rita Mahtoubian is Not a Terrorist” (USA) – directed and written by Julia Lerman and Roja Gashtili. World Premiere. When Iranian-born Rita sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary she accidentally captures the attention of a homeland security agent.
“The Girlfriend Experience” (USA) – directed and written by Mark Kunerth. New York Premiere. One broken-hearted guy gets more than he bargained for when he tries to get over his recent breakup.
“The Evolution of a Gen-X Music Purchaser” (USA) – directed and written by Jack Marchetti. World Premiere. All the significant moments over the last twenty years in Zack’s life parallel the changing landscape of music purchasing technology.
“Aphasia” (USA) – directed by Luke LoCurcio, written by Robin Rose Singer. World Premiere. Emily is your average 26-year old who texts her friends, chats on Facebook, orders online, and uses GPS to get where she’s going, until one day she suddenly comes face-to-face with the consequences of living a digital life.
“Like (Gilla)” (Sweden) – directed and written by Crazy Pictures, co-written by Christoffer Nordenrot. International Premiere. Morgan’s attempt to gain attention is not appreciated; hidden by the Internet’s anonymity, he goes on attack against an innocent blogger.
“Ghettotube” (France) – directed and written by Saïd Belktibia, co-written by Jérémie Delon. World Premiere. Two housing project teens create a website for a video of a staged bus assault, and after it goes viral they receive an unusual offer.
Gallery Opening – Narrative/Documentary Program
“Catwalk” (Sweden) – directed by Ninja Thyberg, written by Ninja Thyberg. North American Premiere, Narrative. Nine-year-old Ella’s classmates are playing in the schoolyard in full adult dress-up, and she wants to be part of that world.
“Future Relic 03” (USA) – directed by Daniel Arsham, written by Tim Stanley & Daniel Arsham. World Premiere, Narrative. The moon has been excavated for 30 years as per the work of Dr. Mattias Rey, and his daughter Lona returns to his labs seeking guidance for the first time since being abandoned.
“Where We Begin” (USA) – directed and written by Mitsuyo Miyazaki. World Premiere, Narrative. Sheds light on the many faces of love, life, and pressure that we place upon ourselves, and that others place upon us.
“The Artist Is Absent” (USA) – directed and written by Alison Chernick. World Premiere, Documentary. Profiles the influential Margiela, who has been a major force in fashion for over 20 years, yet the man himself remains elusive, maintaining his anonymity in an age of celebrity.
“Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens” (England, USA) – directed and written by Ronni Thomas. New York Premiere, Documentary. A look at one of Victorian England’s most enigmatic and quirky characters, who became an unlikely success by putting his creatures in human positions and scenarios, referred to as “anthropomorphic taxidermy.”
“Les Bosquets” (France) – directed by J R, written by jr. World Premiere, Narrative. Based on the New York City Ballet performance inspired by the riots in France in 2005, the film reveals JR’s experience in the ghetto of Montfermeil where he created Portrait of a Generation.
Home Improvement – Documentary Program
“The Lights” (Argentina) – directed and written by Manuel Abramovich and Juan Renau. North American Premiere. Every Christmas, Jorge and Jorge Jr. decorate what the people in the village call “the house of the lights.”
“The Gnomist” (USA) – directed and written by Sharon Liese. World Premiere. Three broken women discover that magic is real
“The House is Innocent” (USA) – directed by Nicholas Coles. World Premiere. Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of the most infamous house in Sacramento, California.
“Interview With a Free Man (Entrevue avec un homme libre)” (Canada) – directed and written by Nicolas Lévesque. International Premiere. The questions put to several men at a job interview reveal the plots of their existences.
“Body Team 12” (Liberia) – directed and written by David Darg, written by David Darg. World Premiere. A team is tasked with arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world: collecting the dead at the height of the Ebola outbreak.
“The Trials of Constance Baker Motley” (USA) – directed and written by Rick Rodgers. World Premiere. Spans the legal career of the first black woman voted NY State Senator, from working closely with Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to being appointed to the federal bench by President Lyndon Johnson.
Interference – Narrative Program
“Grow” (USA) – directed by Micah Levin, written by Chris Basler. World Premiere. Set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan where even the air we breathe has a price, oxygen dealer Winston Willis faces off with a mysterious buyer who seems to know Winston’s darkest secret.
“The Shaman” (Austria, Japan) – directed and written by Marco Kalantari. World Premiere. It’s the dark year 2024 when a shaman is sent on a mission to convert the soul of a giant battle colossus.
“Warning Labels” (USA) – directed by Jennifer Morrison, written by Jenelle Riley. World Premiere. Co-workers at the Center for Disease Control meet for drinks only to discover that love is the most hazardous thing of all.
“A Mighty Nice Man” (USA) – directed and written by Jonathan Dee. World Premiere. The haunting story of a day in a young girl’s life when a kind stranger comes to town.
“Foul” (Norway, Mexico) – directed and written by Rune Denstad Langlo. North American Premiere. It can be tough to be a kid if you’re not part of the gang, especially for this ten-year-old girl on a winter day in Norway.
“Listen” (Finland, Denmark) – directed and written by Hamy Ramezan, Rungano Nyoni. New York Premiere. A foreign woman in a burqa brings her young son to a police station to file a complaint against her abusive husband, but the translator assigned to her seems unwilling to convey the true meaning of her words.
“Nostradamus” (USA) – directed and written by Thomas Ikimi, co-written by Joshua Banta. World Premiere. A recruit in a military drone program arrives at a remote diner, and is faced with an unexpected chain of events.
NY Double Expresso – Narrative Program
“Early Sunday Morning” (USA) – directed and written by Yoonha Park. World Premiere. A movie theater usher has a chance encounter after hours.
“The Statistical Analysis of Your Failing Relationship” (USA) – directed and written by Miles Jay. World Premiere. Examines a young man’s probability of reviving his relationship with a young woman through statistical analysis.
“Let’s Not Panic” (USA) – directed and written by Heather Jack. World Premiere. When an asteroid threatens to hit New York, twenty-something Sadie embarks on a quest from Brooklyn to Manhattan to reunite with the man she loves – her therapist.
“Blitz” (USA) – directed and written by Faraday Okoro, written by Faraday Okoro. World Premiere. A father and son agree to a “winner takes all” chess blitz in order to settle a bet.
“George and the Vacuum” (USA) – directed by Chadd Harbold, written by Charlyne Yi. World Premiere. George and Lacy walk through the streets of Brooklyn and revisit their memories.
“Wrapped” (Germany) – directed and written by Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper, and Florian Wittmann. New York Premiere. The deterioration of one cycle is the foundation for another in an exploration of time and change.
“Stop” (USA) – directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, written by Reinaldo Marcus Green. New York Premiere. A young man’s livelihood is put to the test when the police stop him on his way home from practice.
“Best Man Wins” (USA) – directed by Stéphane Dumonceau, written by Frederick Waterman, Stéphane Dumonceau. World Premiere. When a celebrated New York chef discovers an affair between his super-model wife and his best man in Best Man Wins, he devises a plan to deal with each of them.
NY Daily Grind – Documentary Program
“We Live This” (USA) – directed by James Burns, written by Todd Wiseman Jr. World Premiere. There is so much more to the performers on the MTA than their acrobatic skills in this story of four boys from the projects who come together to pursue their dreams.
“Better to Live” (USA) – directed by Linda G. Mills. World Premiere. Drama majors tackle anxiety, cutting, and suicide as they build a “reality” show for 5,000 college freshmen.
“What Lies Beneath The Sky” (France, USA) – directed and written by Vladimir de Fontenay. World Premiere. A meditation on urban alienation and personal disconnection in the eye of a hurricane.
“Man Under” (USA) – directed by Paul Stone, written by Vincent Tozzi. World Premiere. Every year dozens of people use NYC subway trains as a means to end their suffering, but for a train operator whose life is derailed by such an incident the anguish is just beginning.
“Last Call” (USA) – directed by Stefan Nadelman. World Premiere. From 1973-1981, bartender Sheldon Nadelman shot over 1,500 black-and-white photographs of his customers at the Terminal Bar in New York City; the short recollects their stories 25 years after the bar closed its doors for good.
“The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano” (USA) – directed by Joshua Seftel. World Premiere. Photographer Phil Toledano is obsessed with his own demise, photographing himself in every dark depiction of his future, which changes him and his family forever.
“Tightrope” – Narrative Program
“The Kiss” (Mexico) – directed by Carlos G. Davila, written by Mark Harvey Levine. New York Premiere. What do you do when your best friend shows up at your front door asking you to kiss him, can there really be “just a kiss” between friends?
“Big Boy” (USA) – directed by Bryan Campbell, written by David R. Larson. World Premiere. A nine-year-old boy’s first solo excursion into a highway rest stop bathroom.
“Boogaloo and Graham” (Northern Ireland) – directed by Michael Lennox, written by Ronan Blaney. New York Premiere.Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks, but the boys are in for a shock when they hear that big changes are coming to the family.
“The Way Of Tea” (France) – directed and written by Marc Fouchard. New York Premiere. In a small town in Northern France, Alex, a young skinhead, enters a grocery store.
“Kingdom of Garbage” (Iraq, U.K.) – directed and written by Yasser Kareem. World Premiere. Sibling relationships and childhood rivalries are tested as poor children scavenge for valuable materials in a landfill site.
“Bandito” (USA) – directed by Evan Ari Kelman, and co-written by Evan Ari Kelman and Parker Hill. World Premiere. A coming-of-age drama about Jamie, a young boy who stows himself away to join his older brother on a highway truck heist.
“Last Base” (Norway, U.K.) – directed and written by Aslak Danbolt. New York Premiere. Joachim is retiring from base-jumping to become a father, but not until one last adventure with his best friend Øyvind as they set out to climb Mt. Katthammeren.