Following Tuesday’s announcement of the bulk of this year’s programming, the Tribeca Film Festival today revealed the films in its Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings, and Works In Progress sections. The latest announcement brings the total of feature documentaries to be presented at this year’s festival to 45, which includes previously announced opening night selection LIVE FROM NEW YORK!, Bao Nguyen’s exploration of the long-running SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The documentary titles unveiled today are noted below:
AMONG THE BELIEVERS
Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi
An unsettling and eye opening exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque, which trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age. With incredible access and chilling footage, AMONG THE BELIEVERS is a timely and relevant look into the causes that have led to the growth of radical Islam in Pakistan and around the world.
In the 1960s, truck-driver Nick Piantanida discovered skydiving, and set out to break the world record for highest parachute jump by taking a helium balloon to the edge of space. Over the course of a year, his dream to launch the first civilian space program drove him to obsession.
THE ARMOR OF LIGHT
This inspiring documentary digs into the deep affinity between the evangelical Christian movement and our country’s gun culture — and how one top minister and anti-abortion activist undergoes a change of consciousness to challenge prevailing attitudes toward firearms among his fellow Christians.
AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM
Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM, was a man with deep passions and aggressive demons. AS I AM is an insider’s look into the life of the late, famed mash-up pioneer: his professional successes that made him the first million-dollar deejay in the United States and his incredibly complex personal life that was lived under the specter of drug addiction.
A portrait of two men, both leaders of small paramilitary groups that police different sides of the Mexican drug war. With unprecedented access, this film brings forward deep questions about the breakdown of order and entanglement of modern-day vigilante movements at a time when the government cannot provide basic security for its people.
DOWN IN THE VALLEY
How far would you go to save your hometown team? For many Sacramento residents, faced with the nearly certain relocation of their beloved Kings, no boardroom was too distant. One native son proved it. Follow former NBA superstar turned Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson as he battles owners and executives to keep the Kings at home, in this a roaring testament to the passion and power of the small-market fan.
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON
Using rare, never-before-seen archival footage and in-depth interviews with fans and founders, Douglas Tirola traces National Lampoon’s evolution from underground countercultural movement to mainstream household brand. DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD is a riotous and revealing chronicle of a trailblazing comedic institution and a celebration of creative expression at its radical, envelope-pushing finest.
THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
Michael Winterbottom & Russell Brand
Cinema’s prolific writer/director Michael Winterbottom and comedian/provocateur Russell Brand join forces in this polemical expose about inequality and the financial crisis. From London to New York the film combines documentary style, archive footage and comedy to explore how the crisis has gravely affected the 99% and only benefited the 1%.
Since 1912, baseball has been a game obsessed with statistics and speed. Thrown at upwards of 100 miles per hour, a fastball moves too quickly for human cognition and accelerates into the realm of intuition. FASTBALL is a look at how the game at its highest levels of achievement transcends logic and even skill, becoming the primal struggle for man to control the uncontrollable.
A FASTER HORSE
As the fiftieth anniversary of the Mustang approaches, Ford is launching a redesign, placing the jobs and expectations of thousands squarely on the shoulders of Chief Program Engineer Dave Pericak. Masterfully crafted by TFF alumnus David Gelb (JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI), A FASTER HORSE moves beyond a car lover’s documentary to a resonant examination of American ingenuity, workmanship, and resilience.
A NAZI LEGACY: WHAT OUR FATHERS DID
Can you imagine what it means to grow up as the child of a mass murderer? While studying the Nuremberg trials, a lawyer becomes fascinated with two men: both sons of famous Nazi Generals, and both with polar opposite views of their fathers’ hand in the war. A forthright dive into individual perception, A NAZI LEGACY adds new meaning to the ties that bind us.
PEGGY GUGGENHEIM – ART ADDICT
Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Bouncing between Europe and the US as often as she would between lovers, Peggy Guggenheim’s life story was as swirling as the design of her uncle’s museum, and reads more like fiction than any reality imaginable. ART ADDICT is a picture into Guggenheim’s world: abstract, colorful, and as salacious as the artwork she revered.
Americans consume 80% of the world’s prescription drugs. After losing his own brother to the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse, documentarian Chris Bell (BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER*) sets out to demystify this insidious addiction. While the war has raged against illegal drugs, Bell attempts to break the hardened correlation that legal means safe.
REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM
Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P Scott
Anchored by a series of interviews with Noam Chomsky, this definitive documentary of the “Two Americas” is an unvarnished account of how policies have helped concentrate wealth in the hands of a few at expense of everyone else. This is an eye-opening, revised vision of the American Dream, in the wake of a dying middle class.
ROSEANNE FOR PRESIDENT! (pictured)
Comedian Roseanne Barr always went against the odds, first as an assertive housewife struggling to pay the bills on her sitcom. Now she tests the limits of the two-party system, vying for candidacy on the 2012 ballot. ROSEANNE FOR PRESIDENT! follows her impassioned campaign journey.
Grass fed, grain finished, intricately marbled, and dry aged – the concept of what makes the best steak varies greatly, and it continues to evolve as we move toward more sustainable farming practices. In this gourmet, across-the-world road trip, chefs, farmers, butchers, journalists and other experts weigh in on the various factors at play to help us understand the (r)evolution taking place right now and the challenges ahead.
Erin Lee Carr
Convicted yet then acquitted of conspiring to kidnap, rape, kill, and eat several women, NYPD officer Gilberto Valle quickly rose to infamy as New York’s own “Cannibal Cop”. With exclusive access to Valle, Erin Lee Carr’s unflinching documentary asks a fundamental question that challenges our beliefs about the criminal justice system, and even the very nature of right and wrong: can you be guilty of a crime you only thought about committing?
A BALLERINA’S TALE (pictured)
Join us for a world premiere screening of Nelson George’s much-anticipated, behind-the-curtain documentary about the daily routine of Misty Copeland, the first African-American female soloist at New York’s American Ballet Theatre® in two decades.
MARY J BLIGE – THE LONDON SESSIONS
Join Mary J Blige in London, where over ten days she will record her 13th studio album. Featuring a behind-the-scenes look at her work sessions with some of Britain’s hottest recording artists, including Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, and Sam Romans.
Works In Progress:
Director Alma Har’el returns to TFF with a work-in-progress presentation. LOVETRUE weaves three challenging relationships, while examining non-fiction performance as a documentation of truth and a purveyor of memory. Join Har’el and Executive Producer, Shia LaBeouf for an exclusive preview of scenes from the film and an intimate conversation about True Love.
ALL WORK, ALL PLAY
There’s something happening in the world of video games. Thousands are flocking to arenas to watch tournaments unfold. Tens of millions are watching online. One percent of the world population is playing the most popular competitive game. In ALL WORK, ALL PLAY, go behind the scenes and follow the ascent of eSports, and watch as the best pro gamers in the world fight for the Intel Extreme Masters championship.