The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (April 15-26) today unveiled the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with the films selected for the Viewpoints section recognizing fresh voices in international and American independent cinema. In total, 51 films have been announced so far from the festival’s slate of 97 features.
119 directors will present features, with 40 directorial debuts and 30 films directed by women, marking the highest percentage in the festival’s history.
“We’re finding even though there are so many different films from less common countries, such as Albania and Costa Rica, there’s a universality that reflects the global culture we’re living in,” said Genna Terranova. “We have a lot of very young filmmakers in the program. We remember that when Damien Chazelle showed his first film ‘Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench’ several years ago, he was just out of Harvard, practically 20. People are making movies at a young age which is great.” Terranova added that “one of the highlights of this festival is looking for that next discovery to come.”
On the documentary docket of 12 films, “a lot of the films have issues at the center and are incredibly grounded in specific characters and compelling stories,” said Cara Cusumano. “It’s important to us to have a strong director’s vision.” This year, 12 narrative and 12 documentary features making their North American, International, or World Premieres will compete for cash prizes totaling $225,000.
Documentary maestro Albert Maysles will world-premiere his “In Transit” with co-directors Nelson Walker, Lynn True, David Usui and Ben Wu. The film follows the myriad passengers aboard the Empire Builder, America’s busiest long-distance train route from Chicago to Seattle. “Albert is back to what he does best,” said Cusumano, “these observational, fly-on-the-wall human stories. He’s able to capture these amazing stories that have a very profound effect on the viewer.”
Cinematographer Reed Morano makes her directorial debut with the missing child drama “Meadowland” starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Kevin Corrigan, John Leguizamo, Elizabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple and Merritt Wever. Notably, this is an all-female production. One of the fest’s other hot titles, James Franco starrer “The Adderall Diaries,” is also woman-directed. Pamela Romanowsky adapts Stephen Elliott’s true crime memoir. The fest’s international slate also represents a variety of women directors from around the globe.
More Tribeca announcements coming this week. Indiewire has the full lineup, below.