Last year, Tribeca was one of the first places to bring “The Handmaid’s Tale” to the TV world. Time will tell what the biggest story out of the 2018 festival will be, but there’s plenty to look forward to.
Tribeca unveiled a mammoth 2018 TV program, covering established series with network homes, all the way to pilots that have yet to be distributed. Some of the for-sure big stops in this year’s Tribeca guide: a screening of the “Westworld” Season 2 premiere, the first look at the upcoming Pablo Picasso season of “Genius,” and the debut North American look at Amazon’s TV adaptation of “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” starring Natalie Dormer.
Also in the mix out in New York next month? Surprise new episodes of “The Staircase,” the legendary French godfather of true crime TV. Netflix will also make their presence felt with a preview of their new Bobby Kennedy docuseries from “Trapped” director Dawn Porter. The Paramount Network will also unveil the Jay-Z-produced “Rest in Power,” highlighting the life and death of Trayvon Martin.
The festival’s TV related offerings will also include a new documentary looking behind the scenes of the iconic “Freaks and Geeks,” complete with a post-screening panel featuring creator Paul Feig.
Below is just a portion of the notable selections from this year’s festival. In addition to the main TV lineup, Tribeca is also highlighting fresh digital content with Tribeca N.O.W. (New Online Work). There’s also a quintet of episodic pilots, featuring performances from Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Zosia Mamet.
(For the full Tribeca 2018 lineup, see the full TV schedule here.)
Tribeca 2018 TV Lineup
Bobby Kennedy for President (Netflix) – World Premiere
Acclaimed director Dawn Porter reveals anew what America gained and what it lost in the life, vision, politics, and hope of Bobby Kennedy.
After the screening: A conversation with director Dawn Porter and Ambassador William vanden Heuvel.
Screening: Wednesday, April 25, 5:00 PM, SVA Theatre
Cobra Kai (YouTube Red) – World Premiere
Epic adversaries return to the dojo in Cobra Kai, an all-new series in which Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their star-making roles (and rivalry) from the iconic film franchise, The Karate Kid. With Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Mary Mouser, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Courtney Henggeler.
After the screening: A conversation with writers, directors, and executive producers Hayden Schlossberg, John Hurwitz, and Josh Heald and series stars and executive producers Ralph Macchio and William Zabka.
Screening: Tuesday, April 24, 7:45 PM, SVA Theatre
Drunk History (Comedy Central) – Season 5, Midseason Premiere
Derek Waters, along with an ever-changing cast of actors and comedians, travels across the country to present the liquored-up narrative of our nation’s rich history. With Derek Waters, Jeremy Konner.
After the screening: A conversation with co-creator, director, and host Derek Waters, co-creator and director Jeremy Konner, and other special guests.
Screening: Thursday, April 26, 8:30 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub
Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary (A&E), directed by Brent Hodge, produced by Aly Kelly, Matthew Galkin – World Premiere
Tribeca alum Brent Hodge examines the untold stories and pivotal moments from the making of one of the greatest “one-season wonders” ever produced—one that influenced pop culture far beyond the series’ short TV life. With Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps, John Francis Daley, and James Franco.
After the movie: A conversation with director Brent Hodge and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig.
First Screening: Saturday, April 21, 8:00 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub
Genius: Picasso (National Geographic) – World Premiere
In its second season, Genius explores the Spanish expatriate Pablo Picasso’s devotion to his craft, his contribution to modern art, and his turbulent personal life. With Antonio Banderas, Alex Rich, Clémence Poésy, Samantha Colley, Poppy Delevingne, T.R. Knight, Seth Gabel.
After the screening: A conversation with showrunner Ken Biller, executive producers Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo, and cast-members Antonio Banderas, Alex Rich, Clémence Poésy, Poppy Delevingne, and Samantha Colley.
Screening: Friday, April 20, 8:30 PM, BMCC Tribeca PAC
Little Women (PBS) – North American Premiere
Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy on their journey from childhood to adulthood under the guidance of their mother Marmee. Little Women is a coming-of-age story that is as relevant and engaging today as it was on its original publication in 1868. With Emily Watson, Michael Gambon, Angela Lansbury, Maya Hawke, Annes Elwy, Kathryn Newton, Dylan Baker and Jona Hauer-King.
After the screening: A conversation with Executive Producers Colin Callender and Rebecca Eaton along with cast-member Maya Hawke.
Screening: Friday, April 27, 5:00 PM, SVA Theatre
Mr. SOUL!, directed by Melissa Haizlip, Samuel Pollard – World Premiere
Mr. SOUL! offers an entertaining, essential look at the groundbreaking television show SOUL!, which, under producer-host Ellis Haizlip’s passionate guidance, showcased the breadth of black artistry from 1968 to 1973.
After the movie: A tribute to SOUL! hosted by Blair Underwood and featuring performances from Robert Glasper and more.
First Screening: Sunday, April 22, 8:00 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Amazon Prime Video) – North American Premiere
A penetrating reimagining of the iconic, timeless Australian classic, Picnic at Hanging Rock plunges audiences into the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day, 1900. With Natalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan, Madeleine Madden, Samara Weaving, Lola Bessis, Yael Stone, Inez Curro, Harrison Gilbertson, Ruby Rees.
After the screening: A conversation with director Larysa Kondracki, executive producer Jo Porter and cast member Natalie Dormer.
Screening: Saturday, April 28, 8:00 PM, SVA Theatre
Phenoms (Fox, Fox Sports) – World Premiere
Chronicling the journey of the next great soccer players on their quests to represent their respective countries in the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, Phenoms allows fans and viewers to experience the personal lives of players through unprecedented behind-the-scenes access.
After the screening: A conversation with Executive Producer David Brooks, Producer Arbi Pedrossian, Director Chris Perkel, and Editor Thomas Verette.
Screening: Wednesday, April 25, 8:30 PM, SVA Theatre
Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story (Paramount Network) – World Premiere
Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story depicts the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin, presenting the definitive look at one of the most talked-about, controversial events of the last decade.
After the screening: A conversation with co-directors Julia Willoughby Nason and Jenner Furst, the parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, executive producers Mike Gasparro and Chachi Senior, and special guest.
Screening: Friday, April 20, 5:45 PM, BMCC Tribeca PAC
The Staircase – International Premiere
The true-crime phenomenon The Staircase returns with all-new chapters, as convicted murderer Michael Peterson faces his final trial.
After the screening: A conversation with creator and director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and producers Matthieu Belghiti and Allyson Luchak
Screening: Saturday, April 28, 6:00 PM, SVA Theatre
Sweetbitter (Starz) – World Premiere
New to New York City, 22-year-old Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic, adrenalized world of the upscale restaurant industry, where she tastes expensive wine, explores dive bars, and learns who she can trust. With Ella Purnell, Tom Sturridge, Caitlin FitzGerald, Paul Sparks, Evan Jonigkeit, Eden Epstein, Jasmine Matthews, Daniyar.
After the screening: A conversation with Sweetbitter creator, executive producer, and writer Stephanie Danler, showrunner Stuart Zicherman, and cast-members Ella Purnell, Caitlin FitzGerald, Tom Sturridge, and Paul Sparks.
Screening: Thursday, April 26, 5:00 PM, SVA Theatre
Westworld (HBO) – Season 2, New York Premiere
As a new chapter begins, Westworld continues on its dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. With Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson.
After the screening: a conversation with co-creators, showrunners, and directors Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and cast-members Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, and James Marsden.
Screening: Thursday, April 19, 8:30 PM, BMCC Tribeca PAC
Screening Showcase: Monday, April 23, 6:45 PM, Cinépolis Chelsea
Fabled (USA) – World Premiere
This anthology series reimagines classic fairy tales through the perspective of its female characters, whose overlapping stories take place in the same small town. With Zosia Mamet, Trace Lysette, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Wesley, Norbert Butz.
Nice (USA) – World Premiere
Teddy, a sarcastic-but-loveable 23-year-old, prides herself on being the black sheep of her conservative Korean-American family. But when her cancer returns—and she keeps it a secret—everything in her life takes on new meaning. With Naomi Ko, Sun Park, Kim Cooper, Parvesh Cheena, Nathan Yueh, Connor Gould.
Tantalum (USA) – World Premiere
Detroit-based tech mogul Colton stands on the edge of a bridge in the middle of the night, ready to jump to his death. But when a strange woman perched above him derails his plan, he finds he’s in for a bizarre, and increasingly violent, night. With Marcus Henderson, Susan Deming, Jeffery Waddell, Langston Fishburne.
Oversharing (USA) – World Premiere
When a new business venture fails, uptight Jenny is forced to start renting out her apartment online. But diving into the sharing economy proves not to be so easy for someone who never actually learned to “share.” With Beth Dover, Sarah Burns, David Danipour, Thomas Fowler.
On the Spectrum (Israel) – World Premiere
On the Spectrum follows three 20-something roommates, all on the autism spectrum, as they navigate the day-to-day concerns of work, friendship, and romance. With Neomi Levov, Niv Majar, Ben Yosipovich, Uri Gat, Avi Dangur, Tal Yakimov.
N.O.W. Showcase – Episodic
Premiere Screening: Thursday, April 19, 8:30 PM, Regal Battery Park Theater
Cleaner Daze, created by Tess Sweet (USA) – Episodes 1-2 (World Premiere)
Cleaner Daze, a dark comedy series about addiction, follows Jasmine, a newbie drug counselor, and her eccentric co-workers as they struggle to wrangle a misfit crew of teenage drug addicts. With Abigail Reno, Karin Babbitt, Tess Sweet, Kemi O’Connor.
Dinette, created by Shaina Feinberg (USA) – World Premiere
The original series Dinette focuses on a group of female and gender non-conforming friends who come together for a commitment ceremony in the waning days of 2017. Shaina Feinberg leads the ensemble cast through a series of inter-connected vignettes riffing on wounded machismo and the patriarchy.
Driver Ed, created by Jacob A. Ware, Amanda Cowper (USA) – World Premiere
A guy decides to get his driver’s license to impress his NASCAR-loving girlfriend, but unexpected things happen on the open road. With Jacob A. Ware, Layla Khosh, Eddie Diaz, Becca Blackwell.
Home, created by Micah Sudduth, Keylee Sudduth (USA) – World Premiere
Pulling from the true life experiences of the filmmakers, Home mines the humor and heartbreak of growing into adulthood, leaving home, and balancing individual creative careers as a married couple in the millennial age.
Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems, created by Erick Oh (USA, Japan) – New York Premiere
Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems is a 2D animated series based on the world of The Dam Keeper, the beloved Oscar-nominated short film by Tonko House. The series shows how Pig remembers his father’s departure and having to step into the role of the dam keeper.
Snugglr, created by Georgia Bernstein, Cemre Paksoy (USA) – World Premiere
Snugglr is an improvised comedy that follows a young Turkish girl, Cemre, who cuddles strangers, professionally as a last resort to make rent. She winds up fully dressed and in bed with all kinds of characters – including a high school student discovering her sexuality, a piano playing dad, and a twelve-year-old with lice, all of whom are looking for more than just a snuggle, in one weird way or another. In English, Turkish with English subtitles.