Published on April 22nd, 2015 | by Greg0
Offbeat Tribeca Film Festival 2015: This Week!
This week marks the last for the 2015 edition of the annual Tribeca Film Festival! If you’re late to the party, that’s not a problem- some of the best stuff is yet to come, or just about to happen. While much of the film world focuses on storylines like Christopher Nolan and his (excellent) talk on Monday, we prefer to look at the more unusual panels- like the one for CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap and director Robin Hauser Reynolds’ look at how to make the world a bit more fair for women. We sadly missed George Lucas in conversation with Stephen Colbert at Tribeca Talks, but the interview is fascinating- and available online here.
Dozens of movies are premiering at this year’s festival, and though we haven’t had a chance to check them all out, we’ve been excited by many of the documentaries- like Ukranian film Crocodile Gennadiy, which recently successfully sold distribution rights, and which was funded as a Kickstarter project before coming to Tribeca. Montage of Heck (from director Brett Morgen) drew tears from Courtney Love, as well it should as the film is a raw and dark, fascinating and touching portrait of the late Kurt Cobain that draws upon the artist’s personal audio recordings and got clearance from Cobain’s daughter Frances. Tonight and also screening on Saturday evening, make sure you check out Stranded in Canton, a very unusual fish out of water story with an entrepreneur who travels from his native Congo to China in order to make a living (in the form of T-shirts).
And there’s even a film that explores the history behind a very popular police tool- Tom Swift And His Electric Rifle, tells the story of two brothers, Rick and Tom Smith, “who found fame and fortune when their company began selling “The Taser” — a device that has been called ‘the biggest revolution in law enforcement history”. Tickets are still available (as of press time) to the Sunday showing at 8:30PM. And tomorrow, don’t miss of All Eyes And Ears, described as “A trenchant yet deeply human examination of relations between the United States and China”. Vanessa Hope’s documentary debut focuses on three figures: U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, his adopted Chinese-American teenaged daughter Gracie, and the blind Chinese attorney and activist Chen Guangcheng. Rush tickets only, showtime at 3:30PM (or 5PM on Friday).
Today is one of the coolest events of the entire festival- Tribeca Talks: Imagination, Powered by the Hatchery at Spring Studios. A broad, wild set of talks, there will be sessions on everything from AI-based investment management, biologically-inspired computing and robotics, plasma rocketry, IBM’s Watson supercomputer, virtual reality, 3D printing, and NASA’s mission to Mars. The description alone should make you curious, if you’ve always wanted to attend TED talks but haven’t been able to: groundbreaking creative minds will come together for an all-day summit on what happens when our wildest dreams become reality and what that reality will be in the not-so-distant future.
Even those who cannot make it to New York City (or get a ticket to many of the coveted screenings) can take part in Tribeca’s excellent online portion. Check out some of the available shorts, like The Girlfriend Experience and Aphasia, if you need convincing. And if you’re in town for the closing session, you can enjoy the classic GoodFellas, remastered from the original camera negative, supervised by Martin Scorsese. There’s much more than movies at Tribeca (DEFCON?!), making it’s the broadest, deepest, and coolest film festival in the city.