The Tribeca Film Festival has just announced the feature film line-up for the 17th edition of the event, taking place April 18-29. While 96 features will screen in total, the following list presents the 45 documentary features announced to date, broken down by section:
Director/Producer: Lisa D’Apolito
A true autobiography of the pioneering Gilda Radner, told in her own words and in her own voice. It weaves together audiotapes, rare home movies, diary entries, and interviews with her friends and those inspired by her including: Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Cecily Strong; SNL original cast members Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, and Paul Shaffer; as well as Lorne Michaels (SNL creator and producer), Alan Zweibel (SNL writer), Stephen Schwartz (Broadway composer); Andrew Alexander (CEO of Second City), and long-time friend and actor Martin Short.
THE FOURTH ESTATE
Director/Producer: Liz Garbus
Producers: Jenny Carchman, Justin Wilkes
For the journalists at the New York Times, the election of Donald Trump presented a once in a generation challenge in how the press would cover a president who has declared the majority of the nation’s major news outlets “the enemy of the people.” Oscar-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus witnessed the inner workings of journalism and investigative reporting from the front lines during this administration’s first history-making year. A Showtime release.
Director: Stephanie Wang-Breal
Producer: Carrie Weprin
In a courtroom in Queens, women facing prostitution charges may earn a chance at redemption thanks to an experimental program established by a team of rebel heroines working to change the system.
CALL HER GANDA
Director/Producer: PJ Raval
Producers: Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Marty Syjuco, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala
When a transgender Filipina woman is found dead in the motel room of a US Marine, grassroots activists demand accountability. The ensuing case lays bare a constellation of social and political tensions between the United States and the Philippines.
ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS
Director/Producer: Gabrielle Brady
Producers: Alexander Wadouh, Samm Haillay, Alex Kelly, Gizem Acarla
Christmas Island, Australia is home to one of the largest land migrations on earth – that of forty million crabs journeying from jungle to sea. But the jungle holds another secret: a high-security facility that indefinitely detains individuals seeking asylum.
THE MAN WHO STOLE BANKSY
Director/Producer: Marco Proserpio
Producer: Filippo Perfido
In 2007, the anonymous graffiti artist Banksy painted a series of political works around Palestine, only to have them cut down and sold off to the highest bidder. A stylish examination of public space and the commodification of street art, narrated by Iggy Pop.
Directors/Producers: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Producers: Colby Gottert, Greg Little, Justine Chiara, Karen Lauder, Laura Michalchyshyn, Lizzie Friedman, Tina Elmo
In the 1990s, a motley band of teen surfers from the north shore of Oahu brought professional surfing to new heights. But as their stars rose, the competition threatened to tear their group apart. With Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Taylor Knox, Benji Weatherley, Kalani Robb, and Ross Williams.
NO GREATER LAW
Director: Tom Dumican
Producer: Jesse Lichtenstein
In Idaho’s rugged Treasure Valley, the Followers of Christ believe in God, family, and faith healing. As an investigation into the community’s high infant mortality rate closes in on the church, one patriarch fights for his right to his faith. An A&E release.
Director/Producer: Daniel Patrick Carbone
Producers: Ryan Scafuro, Annie Waldman
This searing documentary, which spans nearly a decade, is a meditation on youth, tradition, and the evolving hopes and dreams of modern adolescents in the forgotten industrial towns across America.
THE RACHEL DIVIDE
Director/Producer: Laura Brownson
Producers: Bridget Stokes, Khaliah Neal
Rachel Dolezal became infamous when she was unmasked as a white woman passing for black so thoroughly that she had become the head of her local N.A.A.C.P. chapter. This portrait cuts through the very public controversy to reveal Dolezal’s motivations. A Netflix release.
Director: Jeroen van Velzen
Producer: Digna Sinke
A train journey across Tanzania captures a microcosm of contemporary African society in Tribeca alum Jeroen van Velzen’s captivating and visually stunning road movie.
Directors/Producers: Dyana Winkler, Tina Brown
Credited with incubating East Coast hip-hop and West Coast rap, America’s roller rinks have long been bastions of regional African-American culture, music, and dance. As rinks shutter across the country, a few activists mount a last stand.
WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS
Director/Producer: Jon Kasbe
Producers: Innbo Shim, Tom Yellin, Andrew Harrison Brown
In the Kenyan bush, a crackdown on ivory poaching forces a silver-tongued second-generation poacher to seek out an unlikely ally in this fly-on-the-wall look at both sides of the conservation divide.
YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN
Director/Producer: Pietra Brettkelly
Producers: Richard Fletcher, Naomi Wallwork
Celebrated Chinese couturier Guo Pei is perhaps best known for designing the brilliant gold gown Rihanna wore to the Met Ball in 2015. But Guo’s quest to be recognized by the gatekeepers of Paris haute couture goes beyond the red carpet and taps into global power dynamics and the perpetual tension between art and commerce.
Director: Aaron Lieber
Producers: Penny Edmiston, Jane Kelly Kosek
One of the most fearless and accomplished athletes of her generation, Bethany Hamilton became a surfing wunderkind when she returned to the sport following a devastating shark attack at age 13. As she continues to chase waves she also now tackles motherhood.
THE BLEEDING EDGE
Directors/Producers: Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick
Each year in the United States, unparalleled innovations in medical diagnostics, treatment, and technology hit the market. But when the same devices designed to save patients end up harming them, who is accountable? A Netflix release.
Directors/Producers: Matthew Maude, Sarah Kerruish
A Silicon Valley startup built by the best and brightest minds of the 1980s tech world, General Magic shipped the first handheld wireless personal communicator in 1994. It was decades ahead of its time – and a complete failure. With Tony Fadell, Marc Porat, Andy Hertzfeld, Megan Smith, Joanna Hoffman, Kevin Lynch.
Producer: Tony Wood
In 2005, a group of U.S. Marines killed 24 unarmed Iraqi men, women, and children in a matter of minutes, sparking the largest criminal investigation in Marine Corps history. House Two delves into that investigation and the ensuing court proceedings, all the way up to the case’s shocking conclusion.
Director/Producer: Don Hahn
Producer: Lori Korngiebel
Howard Ashman, the once-in-a-generation songwriting talent, penned the lyrics for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and revitalized Disney with his work on THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and ALADDIN. Howard is a tribute to the lyricist and to the power of musical storytelling. With Howard Ashman, Alan Menken, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bill Lauch, Sarah Gillespie, Peter Schneider.
INTO THE OKAVANGO
Director/Producer: Neil Gelinas
Botswana’s Okavango Delta is one of the planet’s last remaining true wildernesses, but studies have shown it is shrinking. A group of intrepid scientists embark on a four-month, 1500-mile journey upriver to the Okavango’s source to investigate why. A National Geographic release.
Director/Producer: Ian Bonhôte
Director: Peter Ettedgui
Producers: Andee Ryder, Nick Taussig, Paul Van Carter
Legendary couturier Alexander McQueen’s rags to riches story is vividly brought to life by his closest friends and family, and through his revolutionary body of work, as inspired, tortured, and visionary as the man himself. A Bleecker Street release.
ROLL RED ROLL
Director/Producer: Nancy Schwartzman
Producers: Jessica Devaney, Steven Lake
At a 2012 pre-season high-school football party in Steubenville, Ohio, a young woman was raped. The aftermath exposed an entire culture of complicity – and Schwartzman’s film maps out the roles that peer pressure, denial, sports machismo, and social media each played in the tragedy.
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA
Dierector/Producer: Stephen Nomura Schible
Producers: Eric Nyari, Yoshiko Hashimoto
Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades, from techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer. An intimate portrait of a legendary artist and a passionate activist.
SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND
Directors/Producers: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner
Sandra Bland was a bright, energetic activist whose life was cut short when a traffic stop resulted in a mysterious jail cell death just three days later. This project follows the two-year battle to uncover the truth. An HBO release.
Director: Nicolas Brown
Producer: David Allen
A band of young scientists discover a radical new theory of the natural world – one that could help confront some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time.
Director: Murray Cummings
Producer: Kimmie Kim
An intimate immersion into the intense and collaborative process that created Ed Sheeran’s chart-topping album, ÷.
Director/Producer: Matt Tyrnauer
Producers: Corey Reeser, John Battsek
In 1977, Studio 54 and its founders, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, epitomized New York hedonism. But by, 1979 the fantasy was over. Studio 54 goes inside that meteoric rise and catastrophic fall. With Steve Rubell, Ian Schrager, Nile Rodgers, Norma Kamali, Karin Bacon, Myra Scheer. An A&E release.
TIME FOR ILHAN
Director/Producer: Norah Shapiro
Producers: Jennifer Steinman Sternin, Chris Newberry
In November 2016, Ilhan Omar made history as the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected for state office in America. An inspiring look at her campaign and the changing face of American politics.
TINY SHOULDERS: RETHINKING BARBIE
Director/Producer: Andrea Nevins
Producer: Cristan Crocker
Since her debut nearly 60 years ago, Barbie has been at turns a fashion idol and a cultural lightning rod. Tiny Shoulders steps behind the scenes as the icon undergoes her greatest reinvention yet. With Kim Culmone, Michelle Chidoni, Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay, Peggy Orenstein. A Hulu release.
Director: Marilyn Ness
Producer: Katy Chevigny
Going beyond the television headlines and over the front lines of violence in Baltimore, this documentary reveals the grit and compassion of the city’s citizens, police, and government officials trying to reclaim their future.
Director: Ron Yassen
Producer: Lauren Griswold
Despite never having played the game before, a group of underprivileged teens emerge as a talented lacrosse team under the tutelage of Coach Bobby Selkin in this inspiring documentary. An ESPN Films release.
THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED
Director/Producer: Assia Boundaoui
Producer: Jessica Devaney
Journalist Assia Bendaoui sets out to investigate long-brewing rumors that her quiet, predominantly Arab-American neighborhood was being monitored by the FBI – and in the process, she exposes a surveillance program on a scale no one could have imagined.
HOME + AWAY
Director/Producer: Matt Ogens
Producers: Todd Makurath, Luke Ricci, Nathaniel Greene, Nina Chaudry
For the mostly Mexican-American students of El Paso’s Bowie High School, sports can offer a path to a better life. Three students are followed as they pursue that route in search of success.
KAISER: THE GREATEST FOOTBALLER NEVER TO PLAY FOOTBALL
Director/Producer: Louis Myles
Producer: Tom Markham
Soccer stars were at the center of the scene in the glamorous nightlife meccas of 1980s Brazil. But in their midst, one of the biggest sports celebrities of his generation harbored a secret: He had never played a single game. With Carlos Henrique Raposo, Carlos Alberto Torres, Zico, Bebeto, Renato Gaúcho, Ricardo Rocha.
Director: Jill Magid
Producers: Jarred Alterman, Laura Coxson, Charlotte Cook
When artist-turned-filmmaker Jill Magid learns that the archives of Mexico’s most famous architect are being held in a private collection, she devises a radical plan to return his legacy to the public.
SATAN & ADAM
Director V Scott Balcerek
Producers: Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern
One was a demon on guitar; the other was fresh out of school and no slouch on harmonica. A rousing celebration of the blues that comprises documentary footage shot over the course of two decades. With Sterling Magee, Adam Gussow, The Edge, Rev. Al Sharpton, Harry Shearer, Quint Davis.
WHITE TIDE: THE LEGEND OF CULEBRA
Director/Producer: Theo Love
Producer: Bryan Storkel
After he’s wiped out by the Great Recession, Rodney hears a story that could be his ticket out of debt. A map, an island, and buried treasure: If you knew where $2 million worth of cocaine was buried, would you dig that shit up?
Director/Producer: Bert Marcus
Producer: Cassandra Hamar
Paris Hilton, the Fat Jew, Kirill Bichutsky, and Brittany Furlan have all used social media to achieve massive internet fame. But, is it worth it? With DJ Khaled, Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Baldwin.
BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY
Director/Producer: Dava Whisenant
Producers: Amanda Spain, Susan Littenberg
Comedy writer Steve Young’s assignment to scour bargain-bin vinyl for a Late Night segment becomes an unexpected, decades-spanning obsession when he stumbles upon the strange and hilarious world of industrial musicals in this musical-comedy-documentary. With David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Susan Stroman, Sheldon Harnick, Jello Biafra.
BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES
Director/Producer: Sophie Huber
Producers: Chiemi Karasawa, Susanne Guggenberger, Hercli Bundi
This is the history of Blue Note Records, the label that, since 1939, has recorded jazz giants ranging from Miles Davis to Robert Glasper – revolutionizing not only music, but also the world. With Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper, Don Was, Norah Jones.
EVERY ACT OF LIFE
Director/Producer: Jeff Kaufman
Producer: Marcia Ross
A revealing portrait of four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally’s ground-breaking, six-decade career in the theater, fight for LGBTQ rights, and triumph over addiction. With Terrence McNally, Audra McDonald, Nathan Lane, Larry Kramer, Angela Lansbury, Christine Baranski.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ
Director/Producer: Kate Novack
Producer: Andrew Rossi
From the segregated South to the fashion capitals of the world, The Gospel According to André recounts fashion editor André Leon Talley’s storied life and career through intimate conversations, rich archival, and testimonials from fashion luminaries including Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, and Marc Jacobs. With André Leon Talley. A Magnolia release.
IT’S A HARD TRUTH AIN’T IT
Director/Producer: Madeleine Sackler
Producer: Stacey Reiss
Given unprecedented access to a maximum security prison, filmmaker Madeleine Sackler worked with a group of inmates to tell their own stories, giving rise to this collaborative, intimate documentary project, a companion piece to the Tribeca-premiering OG, and co-directed by 13 men incarcerated at the Pendleton Correctional Facility in Pendleton IN.
Director/Producer: Cynthia Lowen
In the midst of the #MeToo movement, three very different women whose lives were torn apart by online harassment devote themselves to fighting back against the internet’s Wild West of unpoliced misogyny, cyberstalking, and nonconsensual pornography. With Carrie Goldberg, Anita Sarkeesian, Tina Reine, Soraya Chemaly, Jamia Wilson, Mary Anne Franks.
UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1
Director/Producer: Dexton Deboree
Producer: Stefanie Fink
Through interviews with Michael Jordan, Spike Lee, and more, this vibrant documentary tells the origin story of the Air Jordan, and the impact it had on sports, hip-hop, and the birth of sneaker culture. With Spike Lee, Anthony Anderson, Chuck D, DJ Khaled, Michael Jordan, Michael B Jordan, Jason Sudeikis, Lena Waithe, Russell Westbrook.