The lineup of 114 features has just been announced for the 19th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, taking place April 15-26. The following list presents the 57 documentary features announced to date, broken down by section:
Director: Mary Wharton
Producer: Chris Farrell
A rockumentary-style presidential portrait which explores the use of folk, soul, gospel, jazz, and rock in helping Carter get elected and the president’s friendships with Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, and Willie Nelson.
Director: Rodrigo Reyes
Producers: Inti Cordera, Andrew Houchens
A hybrid examining Cortez’s legacy almost five centuries later through the eyes of a stranded conquistador traveling through Mexico, offering a cinematic meditation on the violence that still vibrates through society.
DEAR MR BRODY
Director: Keith Maitland
Producers: Megan Gilbride, Melissa Robyn Glassman, Keith Maitland, Sarah Wilson
In 1970, eccentric hippie millionaire Michael Brody, Jr decided to give $25 million away to anyone who needed it, sparking a media frenzy and thousands of letters from strangers all requesting his help.
ENEMIES OF THE STATE
Director: Sonia Kennebeck
Producer: Ines Hofmann Kanna
When their hacker son is targeted by the US Government, the DeHarts will do anything to protect him – and so begins to unravel a web of secrets in this twisty, stranger-than-fiction cyber-thriller story.
FATHER SOLDIER SON
Directors: Catrin Einhorn, Leslye Davis
Producers: Leslye Davis, Catrin Einhorn, Kathleen Lingo, Nancy Donaldson Gauss
One American family is followed over the course of ten years, becoming an intergenerational exploration of the meaning of sacrifice, purpose, family, and American manhood in the aftermath of a war.
Director: Jessica Earnshaw
Producers: Jessica Earnshaw, Holly Meehl, Nimisha Mukerji
An astonishing and ultimately hopeful record of the hereditary nature of trauma, the film follows the lives of three generations of women struggling to maintain stability.
Director: Cecilia Aldarondo
Producers: Ines Hofmann Kanna, Cecilia Aldarondo
Chronicling the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, a sensitive and urgent portrait of the continued fraught relationship between the US and Puerto Rico, a land in mourning and resistance.
THE LAST OUT
Directors: Sami Khan, Michael Gassert
Producers: Michael Gassert, Jonathan Miller, Sami Khan
An affecting story of raw talent, passion, and naivete, following three Cuban baseball players with Major League dreams who face difficult choices and embark on radically different paths when those dreams don’t pan out.
Director: Kristine Stolakis
Producers: Jessica Devaney, Anya Rous
A powerful exposé on gay conversion programs, revealing the damage inflicted by shame and repression through intimate testimonies from current members and former leaders of the pray the gay away movement.
SOCKS ON FIRE
Director: Bo McGuire
Producers: Tatiana Bears, Amy Dotson
Blending home videos with cinematic reenactments, Bo McGuire paints a riveting picture of a house divided when he returns home to rural Alabama to document the bitter property feud between his homophobic aunt and gay uncle.
SIMPLE AS WATER
Director: Megan Mylan
Producers: Robin Hessman, Megan Mylan
Closely observed fragments of lives cut between Turkey, Greece, Germany, and the US – each unfolding scene portrays the elemental bonds holding together Syrian families pulled apart by war, searching for a new life.
WAKE UP ON MARS (RÉVEIL SUR MARS)
Director: Dea Gjinovci
Producers: Sophie Faudel, Dea Gjinovci, Britta Rindelaub, Jasmin Basic
Two teenage sisters lie in a vegetative state in the small Swedish home of their Kosovar family, the cause of their mysterious malady, known as “resignation syndrome,” entwined with their personal trauma experienced as refugees.
Director: Anissa Bonnefont
Producers: Stella Maris Pictures
French fashion house Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing allows the camera to become his confidante as he embarks on a search for his birth mother, in this enchanting documentary about adoption and identity.
Director: Paul Taylor
Producers: Teddy Leifer, Regina K. Scully
The shocking murder of human rights activist Bishop Juan Gerardi in the aftermath of the Guatemalan Civil War sets the ground for a powerful battle between justice and corruption in this political crime thriller.
Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
Producers: Serin Marshall, Jen Sey, Julie Parker Benello
This riveting film delves into the world of elite competitive gymnastics and the toxic culture within that allowed sexual abuse to go on for decades unchecked.
BANKSY MOST WANTED
Directors: Aurélia Rouvier, Laurent Richard, Seamus Haley
Producer: Laurent Richard
Banksy is a household name, but behind this name hides a multitude of stories, artworks, stunts, political statements, and identities, leading to one of the art world’s biggest unanswered questions – who is Banksy?
BRIAN WILSON: LONG PROMISED ROAD
Director: Brent Wilson
Producers: Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page, Brent Wilson
The Beach Boys’ lead songwriter takes a drive around Los Angeles with Rolling Stone editor and longtime friend Jason Fine in this nonlinear cinematic memoir, as vivid and multifaceted as his music.
HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Director: Gero von Boehm
Producer: Felix von Boehm
Catherine Deneuve, Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Anna Wintour, and others give their take on legendary photographer Helmut Newton’s life, art, and legacy, in this portrait of a man who was at once provocative, unconventional, subversive, and genius in his depiction of women.
Director: Mimi Valdés
Producers: Pharrell Williams, Mimi Valdés, Jerry Kolber, Adam “Tex” Davis
A backstage and behind the scenes look at Pharrell’s ground-breaking Something in the Water festival, which uses music to bring together his divided hometown of Virginia Beach, and features exhilarating live performances by legendary music artists Jay Z, Missy Elliot, Gwen Stefani, and others.
KUBRICK BY KUBRICK
Director: Gregory Monro
Producers: Jeremy Zelnik, Martin Laurent
A rare and transcendent journey into the life and films of the legendary Stanley Kubrick like never seen before, featuring a treasure trove of unearthed interview recordings from the master himself.
LARRY FLYNT FOR PRESIDENT
Director: Nadia Szold
Producers: Ben Browning, Lauren Mekhael, Steven Prince, Ivan Orlic
Assembled from never before seen footage shot in 1983, this fascinating film documents controversial Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt’s unlikely bid for the White House after a gunman’s bullet left him partially paralyzed.
NOT GOING QUIETLY
Director: Nicholas Bruckman
Producer: Amanda Roddy
An intimate, inspiring look at activist and loving father Ady Barkan, diagnosed with ALS at age 32 and who, in spite of declining physical abilities, embarks on a nationwide campaign for healthcare reform.
OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES
Director: Laura Gabbert
Producers: Steve Robillard, Mohamed Al Rafi, Jeff Frey, Lauren Deuterman
Follow celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi as he assembles a star-studded team of the world’s most innovative pastry chefs to put on a Versailles-themed culinary gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Director: Ron Howard
Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Xan Parker
A profile of several survivors of California’s deadliest wildfire, who must decide whether to leave or to remain and rebuild in a town that is now on the front lines of the climate crisis.
RICKY POWELL: THE INDIVIDUALIST
Director: Josh Swade
Producers: Josh Swade, Christopher McGlynn, Eamon O’Neil
Ricky Powell boasts a quintessential New York story, rising to fame as a street photographer in the 1980s and ’90s and touring with the Beastie Boys, capturing some of the wildest moments in popular culture.
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME
Director: Mike Figgis
Producers: Peter Worsley, Louis Figgis
A series of intimate conversations with Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, whose extraordinary music career placed him at the forefront of the British R&B explosion to rock ‘n’ roll stardom.
STOCKTON ON MY MIND
Director: Marc Levin
Producers: Marc Levin, Mike Marangu, Cassius Michael Kim, Daphne Pinkerson
In 2016, Stanford graduate Michael Tubbs became the youngest and first African-American mayor of Stockton, California. This doc follows Mayor Tubbs through his first term in office as he tirelessly advances his innovative proposals for a city at a turning point.
THIS IS PARIS
Director: Alexandra Haggiag Dean
Producer: Aaron Saidman.
There’s Paris Hilton and there’s “Paris Hilton,” the latter a character created by a teenage girl desperate to escape into a fantasy. This revealing documentary offers the real Paris’ untold story.
TOUGH LOVE: THE LENNOX LEWIS DOCUMENTARY
Director: Rick Lazes, Seth Koch
Producers: Chad A. Verdi, Rick Lazes, Nick Koskoff, Tom DeNucci
Lennox Lewis’ rise from humble beginnings in the East End of London to the top of the boxing world defied the odds. Using never before seen footage from Lewis’ personal archives, this film shines a light on what makes a true champ.
Director: Chris McKim
Producers: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Chris McKim
A collage-like, incisive look at the life of writer, painter, and thinker David Wojnarowicz, whose powerful, unapologetic way of seeing the world gave voice to queer rights at a critical time in US history.
YUNG LEAN: IN MY HEAD
Director: Henrik Burman
Producers: David Herdies, Michael Krotkiewski, Ludvig Andersson
When a Swedish teen rapper finds a rabid fanbase via the internet, international superstar Yung Lean is born – but as his fame grows, darkness settles in, blurring the line between reality and his own vivid imagination.
YUSUF HAWKINS: STORM OVER BROOKLYN
Producers: Jevon Frank, Victorious De Costa, Muta’Ali
In 1989, a black youth was murdered in Brooklyn when he was misidentified as the boyfriend of a local white girl. The aftermath of Yusuf Hawkins’ death exploded into a social movement, exposing racial prejudices that continue to plague us today.
Director: Rodney Ascher
Producer: Ross Dinerstein
Are we living in a simulation? This question is tackled with compelling testimony, philosophical evidence, and scientific explanation in this engaging journey for the truth.
Director: Jean-Cosme Delaloye
Producer: Jean-Cosme Delaloye
With inklings of AMERICAN MOVIE, this doc stands out as an outrageously entertaining portrait of Harley Breite, a thriving criminal defense lawyer attempting to win over his Dulcinea.
LA MADRINA: THE SAVAGE LIFE OF LORINE PADILLA
Director: Raquel Cepeda
Producer: Raquel Cepeda
While the Bronx burned, Lorine claimed her place as queen of the NYC street gang The Savage Skulls. 40 years later, she examines her impact in the intervening years: as mother, spiritual advisor, activist, and keeper of a controversial legacy.
Director: Miles Hargrove
Producer: Eric F Martin
In 1994, Tom Hargrove was kidnapped in Colombia by the FARC. With a $6M ransom price and without support from the authorities, Tom’s wife and sons pick up the phone (and a Video8 camcorder) to negotiate directly with the largest terrorist group in the Western Hemisphere.
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Directors: Michael Seligman, Jennifer Tiexiera
Producers: Jennifer Tiexiera, Michael Seligman, Craig Olsen
A box found in an abandoned storage unit unearths a time capsule of correspondences from a forgotten era: the underground drag scene in 1950s New York City. Firsthand accounts and newly discovered footage help cast a long overdue spotlight on the unsung pioneers of drag.
THE STATE OF TEXAS VS MELISSA
Director: Sabrina Van Tassel
Producers: Isaac Sharry, Sabrina Van Tassel, Philippe de Bourbon
Melissa Lucio was the first Hispanic woman sentenced to death in Texas. After ten years awaiting her fate, she now faces her last appeal – a woman against the entire system.
Director: Michèle Stephenson
Producers: Michèle Stephenson, Jennifer Holness, Lea Marin
In 2013, the Dominican Republic stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, rendering over 200,000 people without nationality, identity, or homeland. This documentary explores this complex history and politics through one young woman’s fight to protect the right to citizenship for all people.
Director: Elizabeth Lo
Producers: Elizabeth Lo, Shane Boris
Bringing us into the world of Zeytin, a stray dog living life on the streets of Istanbul, this film delivers a deceptively simple and wonderfully touching journey of marginalization and resilience.
THROUGH THE NIGHT
Director: Loira Limbal
Producer: Jameka Autry
This poignant and intimate documentary examines the emotional toll on families in pursuit of the American dream, told through the lens of a 24-hour daycare center in Westchester, New York.
Director: Don Hardy
Producers: Shawn Dailey, Don Hardy
On January 12, 2010, a devastating 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti altering the landscape and lives of millions. Aid workers from around the globe descended on the island, along with one unlikely leader – actor and filmmaker Sean Penn.
Director: Sam Feder
Producer: Amy Scholder
Executive Producer Laverne Cox amplifies this study of transgender representation in the media, bringing together trans creatives and activists to deconstruct scenes from cinema through the ages in order to confront our evolving understanding of gender.
CALL YOUR MOTHER
Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Producer: Eleanor Galloway
Comedians’ mothers take center stage in this hilarious ode to moms and the way they have shaped the work of some of comedy’s biggest stars. With Louie Anderson, Awkwafina, Jimmy Carr, Bridget Everett, Fortune Feimster, Rachel Feinstein, Jim Gaffigan, Judy Gold, Jen Kirkman, Jo Koy, Bobby Lee, The Lucas Brothers, Norm Macdonald, Jim Norton, Tig Notaro, Yvonne Orji, Kristen Schaal, Roy Wood Jr.
DON’T TRY TO UNDERSTAND: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF EARL “DMX” SIMMONS
Director: Christopher Frierson
Producer: Clark Slater
Hip-hop icon DMX returns from a recent stint in prison determined to reignite his career, but his comeback proves ill-fated when faced with the mounting pressures of fatherhood, faith, and addiction. This unfiltered documentary presents an intimate glimpse into the man behind the public persona.
FREEDIA GOT A GUN
Director: Chris McKim
Producers: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Chris McKim
After losing her brother to gun violence, New Orleans’ queen of bounce Big Freedia uses her national platform to shine a spotlight on gun reform in this achingly honest and human documentary plea for activism and reform.
FRIES! THE MOVIE
Director: Michael Steed
Producers: Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia
To better understand the globe’s obsession with the fried potato, chefs, food scientists, historians, and celebrities, including Malcom Gladwell and Chrissy Teigen, take the audience on a joyous and mouth watering journey around the world to delve into everyone’s favorite fried food.
Director: Alison Ellwood
Producer: Trevor Birney
A wealth of archival material and candid interviews offers a nostalgic look back at The Go-Go’s rise to fame in the ’80s all the way to today, as the band collaborates on new music for the first time in nineteen years.
JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE
Director: Dawn Porter
Producers: Laura Michalchyshyn, Dawn Porter, Erika Alexander, Ben Arnon
Using a combination of vérité and archival along with the 80-year old Georgia Congressman’s own words, this film examines Lewis’ current work and activism, and takes a look back at a lifetime of campaigning for political and social change.
KISS THE GROUND
Director: Josh Tickell, Rebecca Tickell
Producers: Rebecca Tickell, Josh Tickell, Bill Benenson, Darius Fisher
A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together in a global movement of regenerative agriculture that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.
THE SIT-IN: HARRY BELAFONTE HOSTS THE TONIGHT SHOW
Director: Yoruba Richen
Producers: Valerie Thomas, Joan Walsh
While the country was embroiled in a divisive election with racial tensions flaring, civil rights activist Harry Belafonte guest hosted THE TONIGHT SHOW for one week in 1968, transforming it into a multicultural political experience.
TRUTH TO POWER
Director: Garin Hovannisian
Producer: Garin Hovannisian
Grammy-winning lead singer of System of a Down Serj Tankian helps to awaken a political revolution on the other side of the world, inspiring Armenia’s struggle for democracy through his music and message.
Director: Stacey Lee
Producer: William Crouse
From Delia Derbyshire to Alison Wonderland this inspiring music documentary portrays radical female artists breaking the rhythm of inequality in the electronic music industry and opening doors for the next generation.
WITH DRAWN ARMS
Director: Glenn Kaino, Afshin Shahidi
Producers: Glen Zipper, Sean Stuart
At the 1968 Olympics, gold medalist Tommie Smith iconically raised his fist in a symbol of black struggle and solidarity. This film follows Smith as he looks back 50 years to the moment that helped define a movement and changed the course of his life forever.
Women at Work:
GIRLS CAN’T SURF
Director: Christopher Nelius
Producers: Michaela Perske and Christopher Nelius
Under the radical glow of Australian sun, peroxide hair, and fluorescent surf-shorts, a dark wave of male chauvinism crashed down on 1980s surf culture. This film shares the untold story of pioneering women who surfed against this tide.
PICTURE A SCIENTIST
Directors: Ian Cheney, Sharon Shattuck
Producers: Manette Pottle, Ian Cheney, Sharon Shattuck
Despite the minimal news coverage, sexual harassment and gender inequality against women are no less prevalent in science than they are in pop culture and corporate America. This film illuminates this uncomfortable truth while also advocating for change.
WOMEN IN BLUE
Director: Deirdre Fishel
Producer: Beth Levison
After a high-profile police shooting rocks the Minneapolis Police department, its first female chief is forced to resign. This film takes a look at policing in America, as it follows the stories of the women officers who carry on the effort to reform the department and restore trust in the community.