Starting on April 16th and continuing through April 27th, 2014, Tribeca Film Festival lets the cameras roll and the action begin, as presenting sponsor, AT&T, gives audiences in lower Manhattan an entire lineup to fill the days and warm the evenings of those with a taste for fine film and a diversification for classic culture.
Escape into the magical world of self-expression through film. Witness world premieres and join in the intoxication of the ‘Tribeca Talks Series’ which will feature conversations with some of the most talented individuals in the film industry. Kevin Spacey, Ron Howard, Michael Douglas, Lee Daniels, Alec Baldwin, Aaron Sorkin and Bryan Cranston will all be part of this enticing event joined by directors, producers, writers and other industry professionals.
Catering to all sports enthusiasts is the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, not only debuting outstanding films, but featuring two of the greatest boxers of all time, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in a ‘Tribeca Talks’ panel discussion. The annual ‘Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day’ is returning for its eighth installment as a part of the Tribeca Family Festival. Festival and Street Fair visitors are invited to participate in a variety of sport-themed activities including baseball, sailing, golf and Frisbee tutorials and games, the opportunity to meet New York sports stars, mascots, and personalities, and chances to win prizes and giveaways.
This will be the opportunity to get your fill of narratives, documentaries and shorts bringing out emotions like you have never felt before. Enjoy some of the classic and memorable films at the Drive-In Series on the waterfront plaza at Brookfield Place. The series will kick off on Thursday, April 17 with the 50th anniversary screening of the classic Disney film Mary Poppins , the 30th anniversary of Ron Howard’s Splash starring Tom Hanks, John Candy, and Daryl Hannah on Friday, April 18, and closing with the world premiere screening of the soccer documentary Next Goal Wins on Saturday, April 19. Enjoy the family street fair that will recreate a movie set with giveaways and performances for the entire family.
Also taking place during Tribeca Film Festival will be the screenings of two music documentaries that are promising to be some of the most exceptional entertainment of this year’s festival. The first is still a work in progress, written and directed by Alex Gibney . ‘Untitled James Brown Documentary’ shows us how this artist, passionate about music and loved by his loyal followers, changed the face of American music. Directly following the film premiere, Gibney will engage in conversation with his audience. It will all take place on April 27th. Focusing on the unique sound of Icelandic singer, Bjork , directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland of the UK, will bring fans ‘Bjork: Biophilia Live.’ This is a cosmic journey linking music with the mind and the spirit of the soul.
Surround yourself in the Spotlight, Midnight and Storyscapes Sections. The Spotlight Section will feature 31 films comprised of 22 narratives and 9 documentaries. More than half of these films are world premieres. The Midnight Section will stir up a variety of emotions in all of us. It is a lineup of 7 genre-bending titles including horror films and then the other side of the spectrum with comedies to give us a chuckle. Storyscapes celebrates new trends in digital media and recognizes filmmakers and content creators who employ an interactive, web-based or cross-platform approach to story creation.
If this isn’t enough to keep you busy, this year’s new sponsor, AT&T , wants to involve the world in the experience of world-class film. On Friday, April 25, 2014, film buffs are urged to attend all films at Tribeca Film Festival for free. Thirty-five films will be screened at the Festival venues throughout the day, including Time is Illmatic , which takes a look at legendary rapper Nas and his iconic debut album 20 years after its release; a work-in-progress screening of Louie Psihoyos’ (The Cove ) new documentary 6 on a team of activists who risk their lives to shed light on species extinction; Gia Coppola’s directorial debut Palo Alto staring Emma Roberts and James Franco; the comedic drama The One I Love starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass; and This Time Next Year , a documentary that examines the recovery of a New Jersey town one year after Hurricane Sandy.
So much to see, so much to do, it is difficult to put into words all the magnetic energy that will captivate New York City as Tribeca Film Festival gets underway on April 16, 2014. The dedication of filmmakers, the diligence of those who make this film festival a success year after year, and the spirited enthusiasm of the visitors that come, see and feel all things film, are the mixture of ingredients that continue to keep the Tribeca Film Festival alive and kicking year after year. Check out the impressive lineup which can be found on tribeca.filmfestival2014 .com . Buy your tickets and passes before they sell out.