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Justin Peck, wunderkind choreographer of the New York City Ballet, undertakes the Herculean task of creating the company’s 422nd original piece. Following the creative process from its embryonic stages to its highly anticipated premiere, this intimate, fly-on-the-wall documentary celebrates the skill and endurance of New York’s most talented dancers and offers a rare peek at those who remain hidden in the wings. | Read MoreDocumentary, New York, NY Director(s), Dance, Returning Filmmaker
This insightful and provocative documentary charts the lives of some of America’s heaviest hitters—including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Bernard Hopkins—as they seek to break out of poverty via one of the few outlets available. Bert Marcus skillfully weaves their personal histories and gripping footage from their biggest bouts to explore the meaning of the American dream in a society increasingly fragmented between rich and poor. | Read MoreDrama, Sports, Documentary, Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker
The Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters) return to Tribeca with their latest heart-pumping thriller. Five friends set out to a cabin in the woods for a fun weekend getaway—that is, until extraterrestrial visitors turn it into a fight for their lives. The group is pulled from their reverie when a flickering object crashes deep in the woods. As they investigate, the friends stumble across an alien spacecraft, and its inhabitants have not arrived in peace. | Read MoreHorror, Science Fiction, Relationships, Returning Filmmaker
Rory Culkin delivers an electrifying performance as Gabriel, a vulnerable and confused twenty-something longing for stability and happiness. Convinced that reuniting with his old girlfriend will bring his dreams to fruition, Gabriel risks it all in a desperate and increasingly obsessive pursuit. First-time writer/director Lou Howe authentically portrays the heartbreaking reality of a young man battling his inner demons, establishing himself as an extraordinary new filmmaking talent. | Read MoreDrama, New York, NY Director(s), Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker
A water balloon dropping from the sky, exploding on a mother’s head, in the frantic first moments of this striking debut feature, announces its director, Alonso Ruizpalacios, as a bold new voice of Mexican cinema. Set amidst the 1999 student strikes in Mexico City, this coming-of-age tale finds two brothers venturing through the city in a sentimental search for an aging legendary musician. Shot in beautiful black-and-white, Güeros brims with youthful exuberance. | Read MoreComedy, Female Screenwriter(s), Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker
Renowned magician James “The Amazing” Randi has been wowing audiences with his jaw-dropping illusions, escapes, and sleight of hand for over 50 years. Now he has made it his mission to expose the simple tricks charlatans have borrowed from magicians to swindle the masses. An Honest Liar chronicles Randi’s best debunkings, with a little help from interviewees including Penn Jillette, Bill Nye, and “Mythbuster” Adam Savage. | Read MoreDocumentary, NY Director(s), Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker
Set against the backdrop of Naples, Italy, in 1950, Human Voice, based on the iconic Jean Cocteau play of the same name, tells the story of Angela (Sophia Loren), a woman in her twilight years, who rides the emotional roller coaster of her last telephone conversation with the man she loves as he is leaving her for another woman.
Screening in Shorts Program: Soul Survivors | Read MoreDrama, Relationships, Returning Filmmaker
Aloof graduate student Anya is on the run from the police when she encounters precocious and willful Kristina, an orphan determined to find her grandmother in Kazakhstan. The unlikely pair begin a harrowing and unpredictable odyssey, hitchhiking across the epic landscapes of Russia and its neighboring countries. I Won't Come Back is a visceral look at survival and a heartfelt exploration into the depths of friendship and the meaning of family. | Read MoreDrama, Relationships, Female Screenwriter(s), Returning Filmmaker, Friendship