Published on April 11th, 2016 | by Greg0
Tribeca Film Festival At 15: Must See… And Hear!
What do Oprah, virtual reality, DJ Steve Aoki, Tom Hanks, Dave Eggers, Chris Rock, have in common? They are all connected to this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, one of the most important times of the year for New York cinema fans. Celebrating their 15th year running, the slate is as widely-varied and diverse as usual. There are literary thieves (The Human Thing), Morgan Spurlock’s comedy about a women’s rec basketball league (Pistol Shrimps), and a drama about one of the most important mathematicians of all time (The Man Who Knew Infinity). Plus, don’t miss the excellent slate of Midnight movies, like the aptly-named Fear, Inc.
The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival starts this week and runs from April 13th to the 24th. Held at a few venues throughout Manhattan, the core of the programming lineup is definitely the more than 100 films, ranging from independent documentaries to soon-to-be-released blockbusters premiering to red carpet screenings. Priced from a mere $10 to $35 per ticket for most events, there are plenty of options still available even for last-minute planners. And those who have spare time during daytimes will have a great way to spend some afternoons, since there are quite a few matinee showings.
But it’s not just action on a silver screen- there are loads of panels and discussions, with celebrities, directors, actors, and visionaries. The list starts with creators like J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuarón, Joss Whedon, Baz Luhrmann, Francis Ford Coppola and of course includes festival founder Robert DeNiro. Beyond the big screen are luminaries like Idina Menzel, Patti Smith, and Donna Karan. And it’s not all serious: expect some laughs (at least) with Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, plus John Oliver. Wannabe filmmakers aren’t left out with classes on everything from casting to sound design and preproduction.
Even television is getting a spotlight, with the AT&T-sponsored Tribeca Tunes In program. Don’t miss Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as they show off episodes from the second season of their Netflix series Grace and Frankie, Julianna Margulies will be on hand for one of the last episodes of The Good Wife, Samantha Bee for her late night news show Full Frontal, and perhaps most exciting for young New Yorkers, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson showing off one the season finale of their show Broad City.
So, what else should you catch? Let’s start with the Tom Hanks film, based on the Eggers book, A Hologram for the King screening April 20 and 21. We’re excited for Pistol Shrimps and Aubrey Plaza, with several showtimes. Our documentary pick is probably Bad Rap, featuring a charming look at Asian hip-hop artists. And thriller fans should grab a pass to see Tiger Raid, a tense Iraq-set action flick on April 17th, 18th, or 22nd.