Celine Danhier's kinetic doc mirrors the urgent, anything-goes energy of her subject: the DIY independent film movement that emerged in tandem with punk rock in late-'70s downtown New York. New interviews with a dizzying array of artists—including Amos Poe, Bette Gordon, Debbie Harry, Eric Mitchell, Jim Jarmusch, Lydia Lunch, Steve Buscemi, John Lurie, and Nick Zedd—flow into clips from landmark No Wave films, and the still-thrilling music of the era floods the soundtrack. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Music
An intimate and enlightening portrait of one of the world's greatest rock stars, his band, and what makes him tick, Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful was filmed behind the scenes as the famed band toured the world. Join us for this special work-in-progress screening. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Returning to the Tribeca Film Festival for a second time is Grammy-nominated music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who owns Chop Shop Music Supervision and recently launched her music label Chop Shop Records. Patsavas will curate Breaking the Band, an exclusive live music showcase featuring The Hold Steady, The Virgins, Republic Tigers, and Bad Veins on Friday, May 2 at Webster Hall. | Read MoreMusic
London, 1975. Conjoined twins with a creepy, crypto-erotic bond take the burgeoning glam/punk scene by storm in this wrenching adaptation of Brian Aldiss' novel. Luke and Harry Treadway deliver searing performances as two very different parts of one fatally compromised whole, and the film and its music will stick with you for days. | Read MoreDrama and Music
Fueled by vintage performances by the likes of Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Television, Bad Brains, and The Ramones, this doc charts the history and far-reaching influence of iconic downtown club CBGB and its fight for survival against the Bowery homeless shelter that sought to shut it down. Sonic Youth, Debbie Harry, Ice-T, Fab 5 Freddy, and others share their passion for the anything-goes spirit of the club and its founder, Hilly Kristal. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Music
¡Azúcar! The voice of Celia Cruz, arguably the most influential woman in Cuban music, symbolized the soul of a nation and forced down barriers of racism and sexism. She radiates on screen as her legacy is revisited in this intimate and inspiring documentary. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Each year, Jazz at Lincoln Center and its artistic director, Wynton Marsalis, host the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival, a competition of high school jazz bands from across the country. This toe-tapping and empowering documentary focuses on one Florida band filled with young musicians who hit all the right notes.
| Read MoreESPN, Documentary, Music
Our presentation of DJ Spooky’s newly enhanced version of his landmark performance piece Rebirth of a Nation is preceded by the New York premiere of Latitude, a performance piece by acclaimed London-based video art collective D-Fuse. Latitude is inspired by the notion of drifting through the urban land and soundscapes of China, following the emotive qualities of spaces that surround us.
| Read MoreMusic
It sounds like a dream: A charismatic Filipino singer from the slums of Manila posts videos of his cover band to YouTube, and soon he's fronting an iconic rock band. Sounds crazy, but it's the real-life rock-and-roll fairy tale that Arnel Pineda is living as the new lead singer of Journey. The pressure's on Pineda as this rockin' doc follows Journey's dizzying world tour—can a man who has already overcome so many obstacles deal with the demands of his newfound fame? | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Music, Family Friendly
A rhythmic cocktail of European and Arabic traditions, chaabi music was the heart and soul of cosmopolitan Algiers in the 1940s, but the war of independence with France tore apart the peaceful Muslim and Jewish communities that came together to play this unique music. A group of over-the-hill but still fiery musicians reunites after five decades apart in this spirited, gorgeously shot documentary about music's power to transcend cultural boundaries. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Although inspired by a monument of cinematic stasis, Andy Warhol's eight-hour Empire (1964), this new three-hour experiment is an astonishingly beautiful and unexpectedly lively tone poem paying unforgettable tribute to the sights and sounds of the mythical, magical place called Manhattan. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
In this extraordinary debut feature, a blackout of apocalyptic proportions strands a group of Brooklyn hipsters in a remote country farmhouse with no heat and no electricity during the coldest winter on record. At first, it's all sex and drugs and acoustic guitars. But as the days go on and the food supply dwindles, struggles of power, jealousy, and desire threaten the group's ability to work together in order to survive. | Read MoreMusic and Relationships
Jonathan Richman, Sleater-Kinney, Rufus Wainwright, and a host of other musicians record a benefit album of songs from Hedwig and the Angry Inch for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, the first LGBTQ high school in the nation. While the doc follows four students, the music creates a soundtrack for their lives. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
From a young man in Nazi-occupied Paris to the sultry crooner who bedded Brigitte Bardot and married Jane Birkin to the vulnerable poet hidden behind a shroud of provocation—Serge Gainsbourg's is a life large enough for grand treatment on film. One of France's greatest mavericks is brought back to life (uncannily, by Eric Elmosnino) in this imaginative and visually flamboyant film debut from one of France's greatest cartoonists. | Read MoreDrama and Music