The lineup of 103 features has just been announced for the 18th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, taking place April 24-May 5. The following list presents the 52 documentary features announced to date, broken down by section:
Director: Roger Ross Williams
A celebration of the historic New York City cultural landmark, the Apollo Theater, where musical legends were made. The documentary covers the rich history of the storied performance space over its 85 years and follows a new production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me as it comes to the theater’s grand stage. The creation of this vibrant multi-media stage show frames the way in which the Apollo explores the current struggle of black lives in America, the role that art plays in that struggle, and the broad range of African-American achievement that the Apollo Theater represents.
Director/Producer: Davy Rothbart
Producers: Alex Turtletaub, Michael B Clark, Marc Turtletaub, Rachel Dengiz
Using two decades of intimate home video, the story of the Sanford family, whose struggles with addiction and gun violence eventually lead to a journey of love, loss, and acceptance.
THE DOG DOC
Director/Producer: Cindy Meehl
Producer: Alice Henty
Called a maverick, a miracle-worker, and a quack, Dr Marty Goldstein is a pioneer of integrative veterinary medicine. By holistically treating animals after other vets have given up, Goldstein provides a last hope for pet owners with nothing left to lose.
FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO
Director/Producer: Daniel Karslake
Producers: Sheri Heitker, Barbara Simon
When the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality, the backlash by the religious right was swift, severe, and successful. Karslake’s documentary looks at four faith-based families with LGBTQ children caught in the crosshairs of sexuality, identity, and scripture.
Directors/Producers: Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia
In China, single women are under immense pressure to marry young or face the stigma that comes with being “leftover.” Through marriage markets, matchmakers, and government-sponsored dating festivals, the film follows three hopeful singles seeking to define love on their own terms.
MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE
Director/Producer: Richard Lowenstein
Producers: Maya Gnyp, John Battsek, Sue Murray, Mark Fennessy, Lynn-Maree Milburn, Andrew de Groot
Michael Hutchence was flying high as the lead singer of the legendary rock band INXS until his untimely death in 1997. Richard Lowenstein’s kinetic yet intimate documentary examines Hutchence’s deeply felt life through his many loves and demons. With Kylie Minogue, Helena Christensen.
OUR TIME MACHINE
Directors/Producers: Yang Sun, S Leo Chiang
Conceptual artist and puppeteer Ma Liang begins work on an ambitious performance piece about time and memory. For collaboration, he turns to his father, a former director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera, who is beginning to lose his own memories.
RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT
Director: Matt Wolf
Producer: Kyle Martin, Andrew Kortschak, Walter Kortschak
Beginning in the 1970s, Marion Stokes recorded an incredible 70,000 VHS tapes of unfiltered daily television. At the time, her compulsion raised eyebrows, but revisited through the lens of today’s media landscape, Stokes’ unusual life’s work becomes an extraordinary archive of television – and American – history.
Director: Sasha Joseph Neulinger
Producer: Thomas Winston
An unflinching personal narrative that reconstructs the unthinkable story of director Sasha Joseph Neulinger’s boyhood and bravely exposes the dynamics of abuse passed through generations.
Directors: Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin
Producers: Mario Adamson, Ruth Reid
As her childhood turns into motherhood, teenage troublemaker Gemma comes of age in her fading Scottish steel town. But in a place where “you either get knocked up or locked up,” innocent games can easily turn into serious crime.
Director/Producer: Jeanie Finlay
Producer: Andrea Cornwell
Charting a transgender man’s path to parenthood after he decides to carry his child himself. The pregnancy prompts an unexpected and profound reckoning with conventions of masculinity, self-definition, and biology.
Director/Producer: Lesley Chilcott
Producers: Louise Runge, Wolfgang Knöpfler
Founder of Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd, Captain Paul Watson has spent 40 years fighting to end the destruction of the ocean’s wildlife and its habitat. Part pirate, part philosopher, Watson’s methods stop at nothing to protect what lies beneath.
A WOMAN’S WORK: THE NFL CHEERLEADER PROBLEM
Director/Producer: Yu Gu
Producer: Elizabeth Ai
Football and feminism collide in this documentary that follows former NFL cheerleaders battling the league to end wage theft and illegal employment practices that have persisted for 50 years.
Directors/Producers: Emily Taguchi, Jake Lefferman
Producers: Jeanmarie Condon, Steven Baker
In the immediate aftermath of the devastating 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, filmmakers embedded with students and parents whose lives were forever changed – from quiet hours of grief and reflection to those of political awakening.
AT THE HEART OF GOLD
Director: Erin Lee Carr
Producers: Sarah Gibson, Dr Steven Ungerleider, David Ulich
In 2016, USA Gymnastics was rocked by the revelation that national team doctor Larry Nassar had been abusing young athletes for decades. Tribeca alum Erin Lee Carr’s unflinching documentary unpacks the scandal, its coverup, and aftermath, while giving voice to the survivors.
DEVIL’S PIE – D’ANGELO
Director: Carine Bijlsma
Producers: Mira Mendel, René Mendel, Julia Nottingham, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker
Acclaimed R&B artist D’Angelo was on the precipice of super-stardom when he disappeared entirely from the public eye in 2000. Now preparing a comeback tour, D’Angelo is at a crossroads between a haunted past and uncertain future.
Director: Jonathan Hock
Producers: Phil Aromando, Alex Evans
In the early 1990s, the future of basketball belonged to a young Dominican immigrant named Felipe Lopez. Featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated at the age of 17, Lopez’s story is the ultimate profile of the American dream.
FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN
Directors/Producers: Don Argott and Sheena M Joyce
Producers: Tamir Ardon, Nick Spicer
The success of infamous auto executive/playboy John DeLorean made his name synonymous with his iconic design. But he and his company crashed in the ‘80s amid mismanagement, corruption, and a controversial coke bust. With Alec Baldwin, Josh Charles, Morena Baccarin, Dean Winters, Michael Rispoli, Jason Jones.
Director/Producer: Frédéric Tcheng
Producers: Roland Ballester, Stephanie Levy, Paul Dallas
From Jackie Kennedy to Studio 54, Halston’s minimalist designs put American fashion on the map in the 1970s. This film examines the work and life of the enigmatic visionary who called himself Halston. With Tavi Gevinson, Cornelia Guest, Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Joel Schumacher, Pat Cleveland.
A KID FROM CONEY ISLAND
Directors: Chike Ozah and Coodie Simmons
Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Jason Samuels
From the streets of Coney Island to the NBA, the story of basketball star Stephon Marbury reveals that often life is about the journey, not the destination – and the unexpected places your dreams may take you.
LIL’ BUCK: REAL SWAN
Director: Louis Wallecan
Producers: Victor Lech, Crayton Jr Armmer, Lil’ Buck, Nadim Cheikhouha, Machine Molle.
Dancer Lil’ Buck grew up jookin and bucking on the streets of Memphis. After a breathtaking video of him dancing to Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Swan” accompanied by cellist Yo-Yo Ma went viral, everything changed.
Director/Producer: Alex Holmes
Producer: Victoria Gregory
Every three years, The Whitbread Round the World Race tested the mettle of the most seasoned seamen in a grueling global sailing showdown, but even the most accomplished yachtsmen in the world weren’t prepared for 24-year-old Tracy Edwards and her all-female crew.
NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN
Director: Werner Herzog
Producer: BBC Films
When legendary writer Bruce Chatwin was dying of AIDS, his friend Werner Herzog made a final visit. As a parting gift, Chatwin gave Herzog his rucksack. Thirty years later, Herzog sets out on his own journey, inspired by Chatwin’s passion for the nomadic life.
Directors/Producers: Martha Shane, Ian Cheney
Producer: Jennifer Lee
Emojis are a worldwide phenomenon, with some arguing that these smiling poops and heart-eyed faces are on the verge of actually becoming their own language. But where do they come from? Who, if anyone, is in charge of this new global digital language?
THE QUIET ONE
Director: Oliver Murray
Producers: Jennifer Corcoran, Jamie Clark
As an original member of The Rolling Stones, bassist Bill Wyman has lived an extraordinary life. In this equally extraordinary film, he pulls back the curtain on the hours of unseen footage, personal photographs, and vast archive of memorabilia he has amassed.
Director/Producer: Bill Guttentag
Producers: Nayeema Raza, Terry Leonard
Iconic California band Sublime fused reggae, punk, ska, dub, and hip-hip into a genre-defying new sound that electrified audiences and airways in the mid-1990s. This definitive documentary charts their meteoric rise, tragic end, and lasting legacy.
A TASTE OF SKY
Director: Michael Yuchen Lei
Producer: Andrew F Renzi
The delicately detailed journey of two students from Gustu, the groundbreaking cooking school and fine-dining restaurant founded by Noma’s Claus Meyer in La Paz, Bolivia. With Kenzo Hirose, Claus Meyer, Maria Claudia Chura.
WHAT’S MY NAME: MUHAMMAD ALI
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Producer: Sean Stuart
One of the most iconic figures in athletic history, Muhammad Ali’s incredible story from world champion boxer to inspiring social activist is explored through his own voice and never-before-seen archival material by acclaimed filmmaker Antoine Fuqua, with executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter.
WOODSTOCK: THREE DAYS THAT DEFINED A GENERATION
Director/Producer: Barak Goodman
Producers: Jamila Ephron, Mark Samels
50 years after the legendary fest, this electric retelling of Woodstock, from the point of view of those who were on the ground, evokes the freedom, passion, community, and joy the three-day music festival created.
Directors: Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, Colleen Hennessy, Shannon Hoon
Producers: Lindha Narvaez, Sam Gursky, Taryn Gould
An archive of 90’s culture and a philosophical study of fame via the intimate video-diary of Shannon Hoon, the late lead singer of alt-rock band Blind Melon. With Shannon Hoon, Lisa Sinha, Christopher Thorn, Brad Smith, Rogers Stevens, Glen Graham.
CHANGING THE GAME
Director: Michael Barnett
Producer: Clare Tucker
Transgender high school athletes from across the country compete at the top of their fields, while also challenging the boundaries and perceptions of fairness and discrimination.
CIRCUS OF BOOKS
Director/Producer: Rachel Mason
Producers: Kathryn Robson, Cynthia Childs, Adam Baran
How do you explain to your friends that your mom and pop run a gay pornography shop? That is just one question asked in this playful documentary about the titular LA store and its unlikely proprietors. With Larry Flynt, Justin Honard (aka Alaska Thunderfuck), Jeff Stryker.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AMERICA
Director/Producer: Jared Leto
Producer: Emma Ludbrook
Filmed in all 50 states over the course of a single Fourth of July, this collaborative documentary project explores our collective national beliefs, culminating in a vivid, contradictory, kaleidoscopic portrait of who we are as a nation.
ONE CHILD NATION
Directors/Producers: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
Producers: Julie Goldman, Christoph Jörg, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
A new mother returning to China reflects on the history of the country’s One Child Policy – a national family planning program established to prevent overpopulation, and tracks down both those who helped enforce and were affected by it, eliciting shocking testimonies.
Director/Producer: Joel Van Haren
Producers: Chris James Thompson, Ryan Thomas Reeve, Kelly Michael Anderson
The classical music world is rocked when violinist Frank Almond is robbed of a Stradivarius violin worth over $6 million. As authorities try to beat the clock before the instrument disappears forever, their chase leads them to an unexpected suspect.
RED, WHITE & WASTED
Directors: Andrei Bowden-Schwartz and Sam B Jones
Producer: Noah Lang
An unapologetic immersion into Florida’s redneck mudding culture. Video Pat is a mudding enthusiast who must question his passion – and maybe his entire way of life – when the last mudhole in Orlando is shut down.
WHAT WILL BECOME OF US
Director: Steven Cantor
Producers: Dani Drusin, Jamie Schutz, Nina Chaudry
Sir Frank Lowy, the billionaire co-founder of Westfield Corporation, faces a dilemma: whether or not to sell his multinational company, his life’s work and legacy. Standing at a crossroads, Frank must look to his past to shape his perspective on this monumental decision.
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Directors/Producers: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
Producers: Jeff Reichert, Julie Parker Benello
This stunning film explores the complex merging of cultures that arises when Chinese billionaire opens a factory in Dayton, Ohio.
This Used to Be New York:
Director: Selina Miles
Producer: Daniel Joyce
In 1970s New York, photographer Martha Cooper captured some of the first images of graffiti at a time when the city had declared war on this new artform. Decades later, Cooper has become an influential godmother to a global movement of street artists.
Directors/Producers: Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller
For 20 years, indie record store Other Music was a beloved and influential hub of independent music culture. Featuring Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, and Interpol, the film reminds us that the community and spirit of the much-loved destination will live on. With Ezra Koenig, Tunde Adebimpe, Matt Berninger, Jason Schwartzman, Regina Spektor, JD Samson.
Director: Abel Ferrara
Producers: Christos V Konstantakopoulos, Michael M Bilandic, Joshua Blum, Katie Stern, Michael Weber
In his first New York City-set documentary in nearly a decade, filmmaker and provocateur Abel Ferrara uses the experience of one longtime cinema owner to chart the vast changes to the city’s theatrical landscape.
Director/Producer: Jeffrey McHale
Producers: Ariana Garfinkel, Suzanne Zionts
Released in 1995, Paul Verhoeven’s SHOWGIRLS was met by critics and audiences with near universal derision. This project traces the film’s redemptive journey from notorious flop to cult classic, and maybe even masterpiece. With Peaches Christ, Jeffery Conway, April Kidwell, Haley Mlotek, Adam Nayman, David Schmader.
Director/Producer: Ryan White
Producers: Rafael Marmor, Jessica Hargrove, Christopher Leggett
Plain-spoken and thickly accented, Dr Ruth Westheimer became a household name in the 1980s by transforming the way Americans talk and think about sexuality. At 90, Dr Ruth reflects on her life from Holocaust survivor to celebrity sex therapist.
GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH
Director: David Charles Rodrigues
Producers: Bud Johnston, Jesse Moss
To confront a resurgence of anti-LGBTQ laws, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on an unprecedented bus tour through the Deep South, celebrating music, challenging intolerance, and confronting their own dark coming out stories.
I AM HUMAN
Director/Producers: Taryn Southern, Elena Gaby
Advancements in neurotechnology are revolutionizing what it means to be human. Following three subjects who undergo brain interface treatment, this film examines the ethical quandaries in brain exploration and simulated cognitive evolution.
INNA DE YARD
Director: Peter Webber
Producers: Gaël Nouaille, Laurent Flahault, Laurent Baudens
A joyous portrait of a group of pioneering reggae musicians, this doc captures the ongoing relevance of reggae and its social values, and the music’s passion to revitalize an older generation while passing it on to younger listeners.
LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE
Directors/Producers: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Producers: James Keach, Michele Farinola
With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties. A poignant bio-doc of a truly one-of-a-kind artist. With Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, Aaron Neville, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt.
MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND
Director/Producer: Midge Costin
Producers: Bobette Buster, Karen Johnson
From APOCALYPSE NOW’s helicopters to STAR WARS’ lightsabers, sound design is one of cinema’s most essential creative elements, yet also one of its most overlooked. This project explores the impact of movie sound through insight from cinema’s biggest directors and their go-to sonic collaborators. With Walter Murch, Ben Burtt, Gary Rydstrom, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Ryan Coogler.
THE REMIX: HIP HOP X FASHION
Directors: Lisa Cortés, Farah X
Producer: Lisa Cortés
The story of how hip hop changed fashion, leading to the stratospheric and global rise of street wear. It is a journey of African American creativity and the limitless possibilities of a cultural movement on a global scale.
SLAY THE DRAGON
Directors/Producers: Barak Goodman, Chris Durrance
It influences elections and sways outcomes – gerrymandering has become a hot-button political topic and symbol for everything broken about the American electoral process. But there are those on the front lines fighting to change the system.
TRIXIE MATTEL: MOVING PARTS
Director: Nick Zeig-Owens
Producer: David Silver
With razor-sharp wit and authentic country music chops, Trixie Mattel charmed audiences and judges as winner of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS. But the grind of performing and the pressure of the title proves that heavy is the head that wears the tiara.
Director: Tim Travers Hawkins
Producers: Julia Nottingham, Lucas Ochoa, Thomas Benski, Isabel Davis
Following the shock commutation of her sentence, whistleblower and trans woman Chelsea Manning prepares to leave an all-male military prison in Kansas and transition to living life for the first time as a free woman.